Abstract: After more than two decades of research and engineering development, microcavity plasma devices are increasingly impacting a remarkable range of applications. This presentation will briefly review a few rapidly-growing commercial applications, including VUV photolithography and solid-state photochemistry, as well as the disinfection of room air and drinking water. Emerging applications in 3D plasma photonic crystals for 100-500 GHz communications and atomic clocks will also be discussed.
Biography: J. Gary Eden has served as a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois (Urbana) for 44 years. After receiving the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976, he conducted research in the Optical Sciences Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, DC) from 1976 to 1979. While at NRL, he co-discovered several lasers, including the KrCl (222 nm) laser and the first proton beam-pumped lasers (Ar-N2, XeF). Since joining the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1979, he and his students have pursued the discovery of lasers and high-power lamps and their applications, atomic, molecular and ultrafast laser spectroscopy, optical physics in atoms and small molecules, and the science, technology, and commercialization of microcavity plasma devices. He is currently the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UIUC, and is a co-Founder of Eden Park Illumination, EP Purification, Cygnus Photonics, EPL Power Electronics, and the Eden Park Foundation. Sixty-five individuals have received the Ph.D. degree under his direction, and his current research focuses on laser fusion energy (LFE), ultrafast optical physics such as the control of atomic coherences, a new generation of optical amplifiers, VUV photochemistry in the solid state, plasma photonic crystals, and the disinfection of drinking water in the developing world. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.
This webinar is a certified green event by the University of Illinois' Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.