WMU News

World of ultra-fast lasers to be explored

Nov. 4, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- The world of ultrafast lasers will be explored in a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in Room 1610 of McCracken Hall at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Jagdeep Shah, a distinguished member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J., will deliver the talk. Its title is "Ultrafast Lasers: What Can One Do with Flashes of Light That Last Only a Few Millionths of a Billionth of a Second?"

"Ultrafast lasers have been used to investigate dynamics of various processes in physical, chemical and biological systems with unprecedented time resolution," Shah says. "In addition, applications are being considered in the fields of medicine (detection of cancer, for example), data communications, imaging and laser micromachining."

Shah also will present a more technical talk on "Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Semiconductors and Semiconductor Nanostructures" at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 1110 of Rood Hall.

Shah's free lectures are being sponsored by the WMU Department of Physics and the American Physical Society. For more information, persons may contact Dr. Thomas Gorczyca, assistant professor of physics, at 616 387-4913.

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