AFRL/AFOSR Chief Scientist cordially invites you to attend the Chief Scientist Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Professor Howard Milchberg.
We will be hosting a live ZoomGov Webinar on Thu, 9 November 2023 (1400-1500 ET) Please click the link or use the meeting log in/passcode to register in advance for the webinar.
Webinar ID: 161 302 4520½ Passcode: 58861381
Talk Titled: Intense femtosecond pulse propagation and structured light
Description: The study of intense femtosecond laser pulse propagation in the atmosphere has led our group on an exciting scientific journey. Starting from the fundamental nonlinear response of atoms and molecules in intense ionizing laser fields, it has led us to consider the quantum effects of air molecules, to the development of air waveguides potentially capable of transporting megawatts of average power, and to the discovery of spatio-temporal optical vortices (STOVs), a new form of electromagnetic orbital angular momentum. I will describe our journey and how all of these pieces fit together.
Bio: Howard Milchberg is a professor at the University of Maryland (UMd), jointly appointed to the departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and affiliated with the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, where his labs are located. His widely interdisciplinary research in high intensity laser physics spans the fields of plasma and high energy density physics, advanced particle accelerators and light sources, atomic physics, nonlinear optics, and structured light.
Milchberg received a B. Eng. in Engineering Physics from McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University (1985), after which he became a postdoctoral member of staff at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ, and, following that, a faculty member at Maryland (1988). Milchberg is the recipient of an NSERC Postgraduate Fellowship, National Research Council of Canada; NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award; and the APS John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, a UMd Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, and a recipient of the Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Award in UMd’s Clark School of Engineering. Three of his graduate students have received APS-DPP’s Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award.