Café Scientifique: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics - Professors John Prineas and Maria Spies

November 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
309 VAN


Professors John Prineas
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Iowa

Professor Maria Spies
Department of Biochemistry and Radiation Oncology
Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa

Title:  The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Abstract:  In October this year, the Nobel Committee for Physics awarded the prize "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics."  One half of the prize went to Dr. Arthur Ashkin of Bell laboratories for applications of optical tweezers and its application to biological systems.  The other half was split between Professor Gérard Mourou of the Ecole Polytechnique in France and Professor Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo.  Their shared half was for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.  Professor Maria Spies of the Department of Biochemistry will discuss the work of Ashkin and how it relates to her field and Professor John Prineas will discuss the work of Mourou and Strickland and how this work is used in laser research.  

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