Emilie Rusch

Physics assistant professor secures funding for ultrafast amplified laser system

The $336,000 grant is from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.
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Daniel Adams, assistant professor of physics at Colorado School of Mines, has been awarded funding from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to purchase a cutting-edge ultrafast amplified laser system.

Based on the technology that won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018, the laser system will allow Mines faculty and students to produce light across the electromagnetic spectrum and provide a platform to test new and exciting ways to both measure and generate light, Adams said.

The $336,000 investment comes from AFOSR’s Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, which provides funding for the purchase of major equipment in support of Department of Defense-relevant research.

“The system will provide the optics faculty and the Mines community with unmatched capabilities and enable collaborations across the department and campus,” Adams said.

“Additionally, the system secured under this proposal will provide students of all levels experience with a commercial titanium sapphire chirped pulse amplification system that they will encounter around the world, at other universities, national laboratories, DOD-sponsored facilities and companies.”

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

Director of Communications
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