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On Wednesday, 26 October, 2011, AFOSR hosted Prof. Robert L. Byer as the guest speaker at the first of our AFOSR 60th Anniversary Commemorative Seminar Series.
A professor at Stanford University since 1969, and a world leader in lasers and nonlinear optics, Prof. Byer has a significant legacy of contributions to the scientific community. His demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, and the development of the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser, are among just a few of his accomplishments. At present, he is developing nonlinear optical materials and laser diode pumped solid state laser sources for applications to gravitational wave detection and to laser particle acceleration.