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Using Light to Save the Planet: Photonics for the Environment

The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering(PAGSE)-le Partenariat en faveur des sciences et de la technologie (PFST)

Thursday, 30 May 2019 from 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM (EDT)

Using Light to Save the Planet: Photonics for the...

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Using light to save the planet: Photonics for the environment

 

Dr. Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo

 

Canada joined 194 other countries in reaching the Paris Agreement, a plan to combat climate change, and is now determining the best strategies to control greenhouse emissions. Our speaker, Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland, likes to quote Lord Kelvin: “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Dr. Strickland will take us on a fast-paced tour of how light interacts with the molecules in its environment and how that makes photon technologies powerful tools to measure greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change. While Canada already uses some of these advances – for example, in monitoring air pollution in our cities and in checking for pipeline leaks and the buckling of roads in the Arctic – she contends we have just scratched the surface of what photonics can do for the planet.

 

Dr. Donna Strickland was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Dr. Gérard Mourou, then her PhD supervisor at the University of Rochester, for their invention of chirped pulse amplification. In 1997, following a series of distinguished appointments in Canada and the United States, she joined the University of Waterloo, where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for optical studies. A recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, an Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award and a Cottrell Scholar Award, she is also a Fellow of the Optical Society, and served as its President in 2013.  

 

This discussion will be in English - Simultaneous translation available.

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Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Building
144 Wellington Street
Room 100
Ottawa, K1P 5T3
Canada

Thursday, 30 May 2019 from 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM (EDT)


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The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering(PAGSE)-le Partenariat en faveur des sciences et de la technologie (PFST)

The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering educates, informs and engages leaders and decision makers on the value of science and engineering for Canadians         


Le partenariat en faveur des sciences et de la technologie a pour but de
renseigner les parlementaires, dirigeants et décideurs sur la valeur de la science et la technologie pour les Canadiens.
 

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