Peter F. Moulton
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
A Journey through 60 Years of Solid State Lasers
The first laser, demonstrated in 1960, was based on the solid state material ruby. After 60 years of laser development, solid state lasers have achieved a dominant role in both scientific and industrial applications. We review how this all happened, and consider the future.
About the Speaker
Dr. Moulton is a member of the Senior Staff in the Laser Applications and Applications Group at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. He received an A.B. in Physics from Harvard College in 1968 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1972 and 1975 respectively. After graduate school he worked in the Quantum Electronics Group at Lincoln Laboratory. In 1985 he helped to found Schwartz Electro-Optics, where he managed the Research Division and worked to spin that out a separate company, Q-Peak, now part of Physical Sciences. He rejoined Lincoln Laboratory in 2015.
Moulton's technical work began in the field of bulk solid state lasers, later extended to include nonlinear optics and fiber lasers. At Lincoln Laboratory in 1982 he invented the Ti:sapphire laser, and he has also made important advances in high-power diode-pumped solid state lasers, parametric oscillators, and long-wavelength bulk and fiber lasers.