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"For pioneering contributions to the generation of ultra-short wavelength and femtosecond lasers and x-ray laser microscopy."Background:
Szymon Suckewer is Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at
In 1985 Suckewer recognized the necessity of using ultrashort pumping pulses of high intensity for the development much shorter wavelengths X-ray lasers. He expanded his group to proceed with the development of an ultrashort pulse KrF laser, which was completed in 1987 and generated intensity of 2 x 1018 W/cm2. This device was used to generate lasing action at 13.5 nm in Li III ions in transition to ground state in 1996.
In 1987 Dr. Suckewer joined the
Presently Prof. Suckewer and his group are developing a powerful femtosecond laser based on Raman amplification and compression in plasma.
Rainer Blatt (Chair), Roberto Merlin (12/06), Marlan O. Scully ('05 Recipient)(12/06), Lou F. DiMauro (V. Chair)(12/07), Paul Lett (12/07)