Presentations

    Laser-induced microexplosions: creating stellar conditions on an optical bench, at Condensed Matter Seminar, Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), Friday, April 9, 1999:
    Using femtosecond laser pulses we study the effects of intense laser radiation on transparent materials. By tightly focusing these laser pulses below the surface of transparent materials, we initiate highly nonlinear absorption processes which produce a dense, highly-excited plasma inside the sample. The high density, tightly-confined plasma leads to a micron-sized explosion within the material, with temperatures and pressures approaching stellar conditions. We have recently shown that it is possible to create internal submicron-sized structures by optically initiating microexplosions inside... Read more about Laser-induced microexplosions: creating stellar conditions on an optical bench
    Interactions of Femtosecond Laser Pulses with Transparent Materials, at Physics colloquium, University of Massachusetts at Lowell (Lowell, MA), Wednesday, April 12, 2000:
    Usually when light goes through a piece of glass, nothing happens to either the light nor the glass, i.e. the glass is transparent. With a powerfull femtosecond laser pulse, however, both the laser light and the glass can be changed. We study the interaction of intense, femtosecond laser pulses with bulk transparent materials. The intensity of a tightly-focused, femtosecond laser pulse can be high enough to cause nonlinear absorption of laser energy by the transparent material. When enough energy is deposited, permanent material change results. The absorption and therefore the material... Read more about Interactions of Femtosecond Laser Pulses with Transparent Materials
    Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Applications in Technology and Biology, at Physics Colloquium, UMass Lowell (Lowell, MA), Wednesday, October 30, 2002:
    When femtosecond laser pulses are focused tightly into a transparent material, the intensity in the focal volume can become high enough to cause nonlinear absorption of laser energy. The absorption, in turn, can lead to permanent structural or chemical changes. Such changes can be used for micromachining bulk transparent materials. Applications include data storage and the writing of waveguides and waveguide splitters in bulk glass, fabrication of micromechanical devices in polymers, and subcellular photodisruption inside single cells. In this talk we will review recent results obtained in... Read more about Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Applications in Technology and Biology
    Manipulating matter with light, at Physics Colloquium, University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO), Thursday, February 26, 2004:
    When femtosecond laser pulses are focused tightly into a transparent material, the intensity in the focal volume can become high enough to cause nonlinear absorption of laser energy. The absorption, in turn, can lead to permanent structural or chemical changes. Such changes can be used for micromachining bulk transparent materials. Applications include data storage and the writing of waveguides and waveguide splitters in bulk glass, fabrication of micromechanical devices in polymers, and subcellular photodisruption inside single cells. In this talk we will review recent results obtained in... Read more about Manipulating matter with light
    Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Applications in Technology and Biology, at Joint University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University Colloquium, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Monday, April 5, 2004:
    When femtosecond laser pulses are focused tightly into a transparent material, the intensity in the focal volume can become high enough to cause nonlinear absorption of laser energy. The absorption, in turn, can lead to permanent structural or chemical changes. Such changes can be used for micromachining bulk transparent materials. Applications include data storage and the writing of waveguides and waveguide splitters in bulk glass, fabrication of micromechanical devices in polymers, and subcellular photodisruption inside single cells. In this talk we will review recent results obtained in... Read more about Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Applications in Technology and Biology