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Gérard Mourou

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Gérard Mourou
Gérard Mourou in 2014
BornGérard Albert Mourou
(1944-06-22) June 22, 1944 (age 76)
Albertville, France
InstitutionsÉcole Polytechnique
ENSTA ParisTech
University of Rochester
University of Michigan
Known forChirped pulse amplification
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Physics (2018)
This person won a Nobel Prize
Gérard Albert Mourou (born June 22, 1944) is a French scientist. He worked in electrical engineering and lasers.

With Donna Strickland, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their co-invention of a technique called chirped pulse amplification, or CPA.[1]

In 1994, Mourou and his team at the University of Michigan discovered that the balance between Kerr effect and self-diffraction by ionization act as waveguides for the beam.


  1. Gérard Mourou Profile Retrieved 2 October 2018

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