Strickland, Donna Theo

Strickland, Donna Theo, 1959–, Canadian physicist, Ph.D. Univ. of Rochester, New York, 1989. Strickland held research positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa from 1988 to 1991, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California from 1991 to 1992, and at Princeton from 1992 to 1997, when she joined the Univ. of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. In 2018 Strickland shared half of the Nobel Prize in Physics with Gérard Mourou, her former doctoral adviser, for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses, a technique called chirped pulse amplification; developed in the 1980s, it is now used in laser machining and corrective laser eye surgery. The other half of the prize was awarded to Arthur Ashkin.

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