Coherent Mid-IR Light: Generation and Applications
Thursday, 9 May
Exhibit Hall Theater I
This session will review different techniques to produce coherent light in the important yet challenging mid-IR spectral region (approximately 2–20 µm) by examining a variety of state-of-the-art approaches: solid-state and fiber lasers, semiconductor lasers, nonlinear optics, and also assess several emerging technologies such as supercontinua and frequency combs generation.
Konstantin Vodopyanov, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. Central Florida, USA
Konstantin L. Vodopyanov obtained his MS from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (“Phys-Tech”) and his PhD and DSc (Habilitation) from the Oscillations Lab. of Lebedev Physical Institute (later General Physics Inst.), led by Nobel Prize winner Alexander Prokhorov. Konstantin served an assistant professor at the Moscow Phys-Tech (1985-90), an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bayreuth in Germany (1990-92), and as a Royal Society postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Imperial College, London, UK (1992-98). In 1998, he moved to the United States and became head of the laser group at Inrad, Inc., NJ (1998-2000), and later director of mid-IR systems at Picarro, Inc.,CA (2000-2003). His other industry experience includes co-founding and providing technical guidance for several US and European companies. In 2003 he returned to Academia (Stanford University, 2003-2013) and is now a 21st Century Scholar Chair & Professor of Optics at CREOL, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. Central Florida. Dr. Vodopyanov is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE – International Society for Optical Engineering, UK Institute of Physics (IOP). He has > 350 technical publications and is member of program committees for several major laser conferences including CLEO (most recent, General Chair in 2010) and Photonics West (Conference Chair 2010-2018). His research interests include nonlinear optics, mid-IR and terahertz-wave generation, ultra-broadband frequency combs and their spectroscopic and biomedical applications.