OPN Talks with Gérard Mourou

Lyndsay Basista

Our conversation with Gérard Mourou, CPA inventor and CLEO 2010 keynote speaker.



Gérard Mourou of France’s École Polytechnique and the Institut de la Lumière Extrême at ENSTA (École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées) has an impressive history with lasers. In addition to his research contributions in the fields of ultrafast lasers, high-speed electronics and ophthalmology, Mourou invented the technique known as chirped pulse amplification (CPA)—which enabled the generation of extremely high laser intensities and opened a new branch of optics called relativistic optics. Mourou will be one of the plenary session keynote speakers at CLEO/QELS this year in San Jose, Calif., U.S.A., from May 16-21.

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