October 5th, 2018 | Applications

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Scientists Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland share the Nobel prize in physics for their pioneering work in laser physics, uncovering the applications that have led to the development of many Laser Quantum products.

Ashkin has won half of the £771,000 prize for inventing optical tweezers, using laser light as a tool to move around miniscule objects, whilst Mourou and Strickland share the other half for their discovery of chirped-pulse amplification, which creates high-intensity laser pulses.

Optical trapping is achievable using 3 of Laser Quantum’s continuous wave lasers: finesse, opus, and ventus; each offering unique advantages such as high power, superior beam quality and the ability to create multiple traps.

Chirped pulse amplification is used in Laser Quantum’s Optical Parametric Chirped-pulse Amplification (OPCPA) system, which provides a unique combination of a few-cycle pulse duration with a pulse energy in the µJ-regime at a high repetition rate.

Read more about the Nobel prize in physics 2018, or find out more about Laser Quantum’s many scientific and industrial applications.