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Dr. Michael Spanner
National Research Council of Canada
Michael Spanner
High-Harmonic Generation is the Sound of the 80s

102 Cardwell Hall
February 25, 2019
4:15 p.m. 

High-harmonic generations (HHG) is a highly nonlinear optical process where a wide plateau of optical harmonics are generated when intense laser fields interact with atoms, molecules, and solids. The Yamaha DX7 was a revolutionary electronic music sysnthesizer released in 1983 that quickly dominated the 80s pop music sound. This talk explores the overlap between the strong-field recollision physics leading to HHG and electronic music synthesis as implemented in the DX7.