Episode 35 of the Cisco Optics Podcast is now posted! See below for episode notes.
Cisco Optics Podcast Episode 35
Fascinating laser research projects you wish you thought of, with Juliet Gopinath. Part 1 of 9.
Lasers have been around for over six decades. Since their invention, they have found their way into many applications that have changed our lives. Optical communications is of course one of them, and there are many that may surprise you. There is also still plenty of room to take laser performance to new heights, leading to even more new applications.
In Episode 35, we begin a new conversation with laser and optics expert Juliet Gopinath, Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. We begin with her work at Lincoln Laboratories on improving laser performance.
– Pat Chou, Cisco Optics Product Manager
Juliet Gopinath is the Alfred T. and Betty E. Look Professor of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at MIT. She was a member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 2005 to 2009. Since then, she has led a research group at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her current research interests include ultrafast lasers, nonlinear optics, mid-infrared materials, spectroscopy, orbital angular momentum and adaptive optical devices. She has published 78 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 97 conference presentations. She is the recipient of an R&D 100 Award (2012) and is an Optica Fellow. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Photonics Society Journal (2011-2017), the Associate Director for Cubit (2019), and currently is an Associate Editor for Optica.
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Listen to Episode 35
3:52 Quantum Electronics (Laser Technology and Applications) group at MIT Lincoln Labs
5:15 Slab coupled optical waveguide lasers
6:07 Cryogenic Ytterbium YAG solid state laser
7:06 Cooling high powered lasers
8:13 Gaussian beams
8:57 Frequency conversion and the blue-green valley of death
12:48 Green laser pointers
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