Who is Donna theo strickland?
Donna is a Canadian associate professor who is a pioneer in the field of lasers physics. She is the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. This is the first time in 55 years that a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics, bringing the total number of female recipients of the prize to three.
Mourou and Strickland’s breakthrough came in 1985, when Strickland was studying for her PhD with Mourou. By stretching a short laser, then amplifying and compressing it again to pack more light into a smaller space – a technique known as chirped pulse amplification – they were able to create extremely short and intense laser pulses that can cut a wide range of material.
She won the prize for the work she did as a PhD student. the technique chirped pulse amplification is used for producing ultra-short pulses of very high intensity, useful in laser micro-machining, surgery, medicine, and in fundamental science studies.
Career: Strickland is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, where she leads an ultra-fast laser group that develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations.
Awards and honors
1.1998 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
2.2000 Cottrell Scholars Award from Research Corporation
3.2008 Fellow of the Optical Society of America
4.2018 Nobel Prize in Physics