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INRS lab featured in podcast “All Things Photonics” 

May 27, 2022 | Sophie Laberge et Audrey-Maude Vézina

Update : May 27, 2022

Members of the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) lab joined Nobelist Donna Strickland to discuss laser science.

In the form of a panel, 2018 Nobel Laureate in Physics Professor Donna Strickland, Professor François Légaré and Research Associate Heide Ibrahim of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) participated in the “All Things Photonics” podcast series, from photonics publisher Photonics Media. The scientists discussed, among other things, the role of the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) as a member of the LaserNetUS network.

The laboratory, which has just acquired two new lasers, is opening the door to applications in molecular imaging and metrology, as well as important work for industry. The facility allows to support companies in research and development such as Few-cycle and Axis Photonique.

“We are driven by the fact that we want to provide our lasers for the key innovation sectors of Canada. It is very important to work together to not duplicate our capabilities and to be complementary in our specifications. ”

François Légaré, Professor at the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre

A wide range of applications

Through the LaserNetUS network, which capitalizes on the laser expertise of scientists in North America, these particularly powerful lasers are made available to a larger number of researchers. The work has been able to take off in an unprecedented way and produce innovative results in this field of study.

According to Donna Strickland, who also received an honorary doctorate from INRS, advances in the field of lasers are multidisciplinary.

“One of the applications that I like is already started at ALLS, it’s agriculture. It’s hard to believe the x-rays that are produced at ALLS are used to study how nutrients get into the roots without taken them out of the dirt. ”

Donna Strickland, Professor at the University of Waterloo and co-chair of the strategic Planning Committee of ALLS

The future is certainly bright for lasers!

To listen to the “All Things Photonics” podcast, click on the image above