Jim Kafka

Spectra-Physics Lasers

1344 Terra Bella Avenue

Mountain View, CA 94043

Telephone: (650) 966-5522

Fax: (650) 969-3546

Email: JKafka@SPLasers.com


I received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in 1977 and 1983, respectively. For the last 15 years, I have been developing new products for Spectra-Physics Lasers and I am currently the Advanced R & D Manager for Industrial and Scientific Lasers. In addition to authoring numerous journal articles, conference presentations and seminars, I co-authored a book chapter on Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and hold more than 20 patents. I was the principal designer on three products, the Tsunami, the Opal and the Millennia X, which have won technology achievement awards. I have served the optics community as the Ultrafast Phenomena topical editor for JOSA B, the chair of the Lasers Technical Group and a member of the CLEO steering committee. Currently, I am the program co-chair for CLEO 1999 and will be the general co-chair for 2001. I am known for my ability to explain complex topics to non-technical audiences and I am pleased to be selected as a Distinguished Travelling Lecturer by the Division of Laser Science of the APS.

Possible topics for presentation to a general audience:

Diode-pumped solid-state lasers: a new generation (with demonstrations)

Ultrafast Lasers and Ultrafast Science

Possible topics for presentation to the hosting department:

Ultrafast laser sources and applications

Multi-photon microscopy: a new application for ultrafast lasers

Nonlinear optics for wavelength conversion

In addition to these topics, I will be happy to discuss my opinions on the market for scientific and industrial lasers, how new products are developed at a major laser manufacturer, technology transfer between universities and industry, and issues involved in obtaining patents. I am available beginning in the fall of 1999.