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Good universitites worldwide for pulsed lasers?

  1. Dec 23, 2006 #1

    I'm finishing a Masters in Optics and Photonics a the moment (and I have a Bachelors in Physics) and I'm planning on working on short laser pulses for my PhD next year. I have applied to Imperial College London, UC Berkeley, ETH Zurich, Max Planck Institute in Munich, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne as well as some others in related topics (Stanford, Caltech etc). Does anyone have advice for other universities that have international PhD programmes (i.e. in English, although I also speak German and some French, but it seems most programmes in Switzerland, Germany, France etc are in English anyway for post-grad stuff) that involve pulsed lasers? Thanks a lot.

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  3. Dec 23, 2006 #2

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    The University of Rochester (in NY) has an excellent optics program. Their Laboratory for Laser Energetics studies laser fusion with petawatt laser pulses. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab has an even bigger laser fusion program.)
  4. Dec 26, 2006 #3
    Here's the particular groups I know of developing ultrafast lasers:
    CU Boulder has the Murnane/Kaptyen group.
    Georgia Tech has the Rick Trebino group.

    Looking up some publications by these groups might lead via references to work of other groups (if you are looking for a group abroad). St. Andrews in Scotland does some good optics work, but I'm not sure if there is an ultrafast group there.
  5. Jan 23, 2007 #4


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    We do seem to have a group, led by Wilson SIbbet, interested in ultrafast pulse lasers. Much of the department's research is in optics of one sort or another.
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