Nobel Laureate Theodor W. Hänsch will not be able to present the Ta-You Wu Lecture in Physics on Wednesday.

Gérard Mourou, former Director of the Laboratoire d' Optique Appliquèe at the Ecole Nationale Superleiure de Technique Avancee and Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique (France) has graciously agreed to present the fall 2011 Ta-You Wu Lecture in Physics, to cover Nobel Laureate Theodor W. Hänsch who fell ill and will not be able to give the lecture.

The title of Professor Mourou's lecture is Laser-Based High Energy Physics. The lecture is Wednesday, October 26, 2011 and will be held in the Michigan League Ballroom on U-M Central Campus at 4:15 PM. The reception will be in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League at 3:30 PM prior to the lecture.

At the University of Michigan in 1995, Professor Mourou became the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Applied Physics. In 1991, he became the director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. Professor Mourou has received many awards, including the R. W. Wood Prize for outstanding discovery and inventions in the field of ultrafast optical science, the Harold E. Edgerton Award, and the D. Sarnoff Award from IEEE, both for ultrafast optical techniques and the invention of the Chirped Pulse Amplification technique.

Professor Mourou pioneered the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering and medical disciplines. His research accomplishments include the creation of the ultrahigh-intensity fields, advances in relativistic nonlinear optics, generation of terahertz radiation, development of picosecond high-power switching and picosecond electron diffraction. In the area of applications he pioneered the field of sub-wavelength machining and with medical colleagues the field of femtosecond ophthalmology.

In 2002, Professor Mourou was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, a fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the American Physical Society of America.

The Ta-You Wu Lectureship was endowed in 1991, through a generous gift from the University of Michigan Alumni Association in Taiwan, as a permanent tribute to Dr. Ta-You Wu, one of our late distinguished alumni. The Ta-You Wu lecture is intended for a general audience and open to the public.

This year, the Ta-You Wu lecture is held in conjunction with a special symposium marking the first observation of optical harmonics in 1961 by Peter Franken and his coworkers in the Randall Laboratory at the University of Michigan. This event launched a golden age in optical physics that has led to applications in fields ranging from optical communications and biological imaging to X-ray generation and homeland security.

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