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Going Beyond Where Lasers and Optics Have Gone Before: Multiple Beam Lasers, Water Optics, and Other Fascinating Topics

Originating Calendar Illinois ECE Saturday Engineering for Everyone
Speaker Professor Gary Eden, Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date: 3/7/2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Grainger Auditorium, Illinois ECE Building, 306 N. Wright Street, Urbana, IL
Cost: No Cost
Sponsor: Illinois ECE - Saturday Engineering for Everyone
Event Type: Other
 
Saturday Engineering for Everyone is a great opportunity for non-engineers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning about engineering to explore some of the most exciting topics and trends in the field.
 

“Going Beyond Where Lasers and Optics Have Gone Before: Multiple Beam Lasers,  Water Optics, and Other Fascinating Topics” will explore:

As the laser approaching its 60th birthday, we see its impact on so many aspects of our lives. Although it has been studied by many, the laser and the broader field of optics continue to amaze scientists and engineers as we learn more of the properties of light and its applications to manufacturing, agriculture, communications, and medicine. This presentation will explore several phenomena being pursued at Illinois and the first of these is a laser that produces not one beam of light, but thousands. Amazingly, the interactions between these beams allow this laser to observe events (such as the common fruit fly in flight) not seen before. Videos of the movement of unicellular organisms such as common algae will also be shown. We will then be introduced to light sources that lie beyond the visible region that we see with our eyes. Lamps that emit vacuum ultraviolet radiation (wavelengths below 200 nm) have been shown to produce the nanoscale and microscale patterns required for photonic and electronic devices. This, in turn, has led to the demonstration of “water optics”, lenses and other optical components that work only if water condenses on them!  

 
About the Presenter: Professor Eden has been a member of the Illinois faculty for more than 40 years, and he is proud of the sixty individuals who have received the Ph.D. degree under his direction. He and his students have discovered more than 15 lasers, and the research conducted in his laboratory has given birth to four companies. Three of these are manufacturing optical or plasma products in Champaign and Urbana. In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
 
Saturday Engineering for Everyone is an open and free lecture series aimed at non-engineers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning about engineering.

 

Refreshments served at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the ECE Building, 306 N. Wright St., Urbana.

 

Talks from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Grainger Auditorium, just off the lobby of the ECE Building.

 

Metered parking is available on Wright Street south of University Avenue, and in the north parking structure off University Avenue between Mathews and Goodwin avenues.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact the person listed above, or the unit hosting the event.