Monday, 13 March 2017

Laser-electron-lattice interactions, regional development and scalable innovation

Laser-electron-lattice interactionsThis seminar will primarily report on the activities of the NCLA Laser group within the School of Physics at NUI Galway. The NCLA laser group has participated in the transformation of Irish manufacturing industry down through the years. These developments have centred on harnessing (and sometimes understanding!) the laser material interaction. Various physical insights on how energy from a short duration (nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond) laser pulse is transferred to the electronic and lattice sub-systems in selected materials will be described. The impact of this deposited energy will then be considered in terms of the nanometre, micrometre and millimetre sized structures generated on materials. For the most part the presentation will centre on material removal or subtractive processes. In future the laser group at NUI Galway, will investigate the interplay between additive and subtractive processes; the underlying motivation, competitive strategy and systematic approach underpinning this future development to realise a scalable innovative impact will be outlined.

Speaker: Dr Gerard O'Connor, Director of NCLA and Head of the School of Physics, NUI Galway

Location: 203 Arts/Science Seminar Room