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OSA Special Seminar

Widely-Tunable High-Performance Lasers: From sophisticated optical set-ups to robust products
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm
Spilker 232
Melissa Haahr and Dr. Niklas Waasem
Abstract / Description: 

Unique manufacturing techniques enable the integration of complex optical set-ups, such as optical parametric oscillators (OPO), into highly stable products. We will discuss two such laser products that have been recently developed and released on the market: The Hübner C-WAVE, which is tunable in the visible (450-650nm) and NIR (900-1300nm); and the Cobolt Odin, which operates in the IR (2-5µm). The talk will focus on bringing new optical technology from the benchtop to market-ready products. We will also present performance data and application results from studies in atomic physics, single molecule and gas spectroscopy, and the characterization of integrated optical devices using the aforementioned products.

Bio: Melissa Haahr completed her master's degree in Chemistry at the University of Oregon in 2012, specializing in Physical Chemistry. Her bachelor's degrees are in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Alfred University in New York State. Melissa has worked for Cobolt since 2014 in San Jose, CA and is responsible for university and research sales in North America.

Bio: Niklas Waasem completed his PhD in Physics at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques (IPM) in cooperation with the University of Freiburg in 2013. During his Master and PhD programs he has been working as a guest scientist at the University Autónoma de Madrid in the group of Prof. Mercedes Carrascosa in 2009 and at Stanford University in the group of Prof. Marty Fejer in 2012. Since 2014, Niklas Waasem works for the German company HÜBNER and is responsible for the business development of the product line C-WAVE.