Lasers in Science and Technology

Lasers in Science and Technology


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1984-1985).

Dr. Bloembergen, a Nobel laureate, is the Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University. Born in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Leiden in 1948. He has taught at Harvard University since 1951. In 1981, Dr. Bloembergen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with A. L. Schawlow, for their work in the development of laser spectroscopy. For his fundamental contributions, he has been honored by the National Medal of Science, the Lorentz Medal of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science, and the Medal of Honor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, in addition to many other awards and fellowships. He has directed the E. Fermi Course on onlinear Spectroscopy; and served as an editor for the Journal of Quantum Mechanics, the Journal of Applied Physics, and other professional journals. He has held visiting professorships at such institutions as the College de France and the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to almost three hundred papers on electronics and optics, he is the author of two books, Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation and Nonlinear Optics.

His Work Dr. Bloembergen's research has included nuclear and electronic magnetic resonance, solid state masers and lasers, and especially nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Together with his co-workers, he developed a rigorous theory of nonlinear polarizability, the extension of Maxwell's equations to include nonlinear source terms and the interaction of multiple waves in the bulk and at the boundaries of nonlinear media. This latter work led to the extension of the laws of reflection and refraction.

His Lecture: December 1, 1984: "Lasers in Science and Technology"



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December 1, 1984

Lasers in Science and Technology