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January 14, 2011 For immediate release

Public Science Talk: Catching Electrons with Light; celebrating the past, present, and future of the laser in Canada

A presentation by Dr. Paul Corkum University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada

Leading edge laser technology is sparking a scientific revolution in Canada. Extremely short laser pulses are providing a powerful new tool in the study of the smallest structures on Earth. The laser’s incredible speed is making it possible to “photograph” electrons, bonds breaking, and atoms rearranging within molecules during a chemical reaction – the very essence of chemistry.

Dr. Paul Corkum of the University of Ottawa and the National Research Council of Canada will discuss recent advances in laser technology. Before the lecture, visitors will have an opportunity to examine lasers from the Museum’s collection, as well as the National Research Council’s first laser, developed in 1961. Dr. Alex Szabo of the NRC will be present to share how he and Dr. Boris Stoicheff developed the first Canadian laser.

WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Canada Science and Technology Museum 1867 St Laurent Blvd

General information: Visit sciencetech.technomuses.ca or call 613-991-3044.

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Media Contacts

Kelly Ray
Canada Science and Technology Museum