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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 11:00:00 AM


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 12:30:00 PM  

Conference room Querzoli - LENS - via Nello Carrara 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (Florence)

Published on-line at 06:13:32 PM on Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Ultrafast Optics Lectures

From the basic concepts behind ultrashort pulse generation and amplification to the most spectacular application of ultrafast optics in science and technology.

Prof. Piotr Wasylczyk (Institute of Experimental Physics, Section of Optics, University of Warsaw, Poland) - With the ultrafast optics technology, the femtosecond and recently also attosecond time scale processes became available for researchers, not only in physics, but also chemistry, biology and material engineering.

I will start with the basic concepts behind ultrashort pulse generation and amplification, then will cover a range of techniques used in ultrafast metrology (pulse diagnostics) and finally present the most spectacular application in science and technology, ranging from pump-probe molecular spectroscopy (Nobel 1999) to the optical frequency combs (Nobel 2005).

The lectures may be of interest not only for students of experimental optics, but also to these using ultrafast measurement techniques in their research in solid state physics, chemistry and biology.

Who want to attend please send me a short e-mail to pwasylczfuw.edu.pl so that I know how many participants (more or less) to expect.


  1. Introduction to ultrafast optics (Wednesday, October 10)
  2. Ultrashort pulse generation (Wednesday, October 17)
  3. Characteristics of ultrashort light pulses (Wednesday, October 24)
  4. Dispersion and propagation of ultrashort pulses and spatio-temporal optics (Tuesday, October 30)
  5. Nonlinear optics and phase-matching (Wednesday, November 7)
  6. Second-harmonic generation and continuum generation (Wednesday, November 14)
  7. Measuring ultrashort laser pulses I (Wednesday, November 21)
  8. Measuring ultrashort laser pulses II (Wednesday, November 28)
  9. Pulse shaping (Wednesday, December 5)
  10. Coherent control of chemical reactions (Wednesday, December 5)
  11. Imaging with ultrashort pulses (Wednesday, December 12)
  12. Amplification of ultrashort pulses (Wednesday, December 19)
  13. Terahertz pulse generation (Wednesday, January 9)
  14. Ultrafast micro-machining (Wednesday, January 16)
  15. High-harmonics and attosecond pulses (Wednesday, January 23)

The detailed course outline will be defined during the course itself and variations of days and hours will be possible. Please mail to Prof. Wasylczyk (pwasylczfuw.edu.pl) or refer to this page for updated informations.