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Ultrashort Pulsed Light Sources Based On Parametric Processes in Optical Fibers

Optical Society of Northern California Meeting

21 June 2011
PARC Dining Room, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, California



This presentation is about generating short pulses using optical fiber based light sources. Pulses of light, like those from the flash of your camera, serve to illuminate and record rapid processes. The electronic flashtube in a standard camera generates a single pulse about 1 millisecond in duration. Modern laser technology allows us to generate pulses as short in duration as a few femtoseconds. I will give brief tutorials on ultrashort light pulses and nonlinear fiber optics, and then share a few of the results of ongoing research into this field at the University of California – Merced.


Jay Sharping received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2003 under the direction of Professor Prem Kumar and served as a postdoctoral scientist at Cornell University in Professor Alexander Gaeta’s Quantum and Nonlinear Optics research group. Jay is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California – Merced where his research plans include the development of novel pulsed light sources for applications in signal processing and biophotonics.

The talk is open to anyone in the Bay Area optics community, including OSA members, SPIE members, IEEE members, etc.

Please e-mail any questions to NCal.OSA@gmail.com.