Advanced gain materials for high energy, high average power lasers

Mariastefania De Vido
Industrial Fellow 2018

Mariastefania De Vido
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Heriot-Watt University

Mariastefania is developing a new type of high-energy laser with an average power output which far exceeds that of traditional lasers. Laser light propagates as a well-defined beam that travels over long distances without spreading out and it can be focused to a very fine spot. These characteristics have made the laser the most versatile light source ever built.

Traditional high-energy lasers emit light in pulses, at a rate of just a few pulses per day.  Mariastefania will study advanced laser gain materials (the components that amplify laser light) to produce a far more efficient laser, capable of emitting 10-100 pulses per second, resulting in higher average output power. Reliable high-average power lasers will enable improved industrial materials processing, which will greatly benefit industries such as aviation, and efficient generation of particles and X-rays for the development of novel medical and imaging techniques.

"a new type of high-energy laser with an average power output which far exceeds that of traditional lasers"

Mariastefania is a laser scientist at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and completing her EngD at Heriot-Watt University. Beforehand she obtained an MSc in Engineering Physics from the Politecnico di Milano.

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Heriot-Watt University
The Engineer
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