Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jens Limpert, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Time: 13:10 pm, Nov. 20, 2019
Venue: Transient Building, 3rd floor conference room
Abstract: In recent years intense laser pulses have found applications in various industrial and scientific areas. Significant progress has been made in scaling the energy of the pulses as well as the average power. However, different amplification schemes have been pushed to their specific limits, caused by detrimental nonlinear effects, by damage or by the occurrence of thermo-optical effects. New concepts have to be considered to address these issues and to enable new application fields. In that context, I will review the basics, achievements and newest developments of coherent combination of fiber-amplified femtosecond pulses, a concept which has already out-performed single aperture femtosecond laser systems and which allows for a scaling to unprecedented performance levels, i.e. the combination of highest peak power (Petawatt) and highest average power (Megawatt).
Biography: Jens Limpert received his M.S in 1999 and Ph.D. in Physics from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in 2003. His research interests include high power fiber lasers in the pulsed and continuous-wave regime, in the near-infrared and visible spectral range. After an one-year postdoc position at the University of Bordeaux, France, where he extended his research interests to high intensity lasers and nonlinear optics, he returned to Jena and is currently leading the Laser Development Group (including fiber- and waveguide lasers) at the Institute of Applied Physics. He is author or co-author of more than 280 peer-reviewed journal papers in the field of laser physics. His research activities have been awarded with the WLT-Award in 2006, an ERC starting grant in 2009, an ERC consolidator grant in 2013 and an ERC Advanced Grant in 2019. Jens Limpert is founder of Active Fiber Systems GmbH, a spin-off from the University Jena and the Fraunhofer-IOF Jena.