SPECIAL PHYSICS SEMINAR by Alper Kiraz & Alphan Sennaroğlu

Time: 10:00
Location: SCI 103


Speaker          : Alper Kiraz & Alphan Sennaroğlu, Koç University
Title                : 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics
Date                : October 12, 2018, Friday
Time               : 10:00 A.M.
Cookie&Tea  : SCI 103 09:45 A.M.
Place               : SCI 103
Web                :

Abstract         :  We will have an informal discussion on the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics“. Prof. Kiraz will explain optical tweezers and their application to biological systems. Prof. Sennaroğlu will explain methods of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. The tone of the seminar will be more informal than usual, so bring all your questions.

Short Bio        :  Alper Kiraz received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Between 2002 and 2004, he was a post-doc with the Institute for Physical Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany. He joined Koç University in 2004 and became a Full Professor in 2014. Between 2014 and 2015, he was a Visiting Professor with the Biomedical Engineering Department, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. His research team pursues projects targeting the development of novel optofluidic lab-on-a-chip devices, molecular and gas sensors, optofluidic-based renewable energy solutions, and confocal microscope device concepts.
Alphan Sennaroğlu is a Professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical-Electronics Engineering at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. He is also the Director of the Koç University Surface Science and Technology Center (KUYTAM). Between 2010 and 2016, he served as the Dean of the College of Sciences at Koç University. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1988, 1990, and 1994. He founded the Koç University Laser Research Laboratory in 1994 and has, since then, led its research activities in the areas of solid-state and ultrafast lasers. He was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the 2002-2003 and 2009-2010 academic years. In 2004 and 2006, he was the Program Chair of the Solid-State Lasers and Amplifiers Conference during the Photonics Europe meeting held in Strasbourg, France.  Between 2010 and 2016, he served as a Program Chair of the Advanced Solid-State Photonics/Lasers Congress organized by the Optical Society. In 2012, he was the General Chair of the Advanced Solid-State Photonics Meeting organized by the Optical Society. Alphan Sennaroğlu is a Fellow of the Optical Society, a Senior Member of IEEE, and the recipient of the 2013 TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey) Science Award. He authored the book Photonics and Laser Engineering: Principles, Devices and Applications, published by McGraw-Hill in 2010.