applied math seminar
The Game of Light and Heat
This talk concerns the manipulation of temperature in matter using
coherent laser light. After introducing the general concepts, I
present our most recent progress on solid-state laser cooling that
has led to the development of the world's first solid-state
cryocooler at UNM. Next, the extension of this concept in
realizing "athermal" lasers or lasers that do not produce any heat
or even self-cool will be presented. Finally, laser cooling, and
thermal management in semiconductors and semiconductor disk lasers
will be discussed.
Mansoor Sheik-Bahae is Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He obtained his PhD from SUNY-Buffalo in 1987 and spent seven years at CREOL (University of Central Florida) as a Research Professor before joining UNM in 1994. His research activities and accomplishments have included development of the Z-scan technique, development of an analytical quantum mechanical theory for nonlinear absorption and Kerr effect in solids using a novel formulation nonlinear Kramers-Kronig relationship, ultrafast photonics and diagnostics. His recent focus has been on laser cooling of solids (optical refrigeration), radiation-balanced lasers, and semiconductor photonics.
He is an OSA Fellow (2000), and is the co-recipient of the OSA’s R. W. Wood Prize for his contribution to nonlinear optics (2012). In 2007, Professor Sheik-Bahae was recognized for authoring the most cited paper in the history of IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. He has authored about 200 publications with more than 19000 citations to his work.
Contact Name: Pavel Lushnikov