New postdoc Binbin Zhou started

1 August 2009 the first new person on the Femto-VINIR project started. Binbin Zhou is now a postdoctoral associate, and will work on pulse compression experiments in our new lab.

Binbin ZhouAs the first step towards experimental realization of ultra-short few-cycle femtosecond pulses for the Femto-VINIR project, a new postdoctoral associate Binbin Zhou has been hired. He started 1 August 2009 coming fresh from a PhD at the Key Laboratory of Optical Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. He worked under supervision of Zhiyi Wei, famous for the 1997 OL where a 1 MHz 5 fs pulse pulse train was experimentally demonstrated.


During his master’s and PhD’s thesis, Binbin Zhou worked on the generation, amplification, and synchronization of ultra-short pulses, and also on nonlinear laser wavelength conversion techniques. He has published more than 10 papers in peer-reviewed journals.


Binbin Zhou has deep knowledge of the theories and experiments associated with ultra-fast lasers. He has developed various solid-state femtosecond lasers, including sub-10fs Ti:sapphire laser, 210-fs Yb:GYSO laser centering at 1093nm, 170-fs Yb:YAG laser centering at 1053nm, 46-fs Cr:forsterite laser centering at 1277nm, and 65-fs Cr:YAG laser centering at 1508nm. During his PhD project, he also performed experimental studies on the regenerative and multi-pass Ti:sapphire laser amplifiers, multi-pass Yb:YAG amplifier and regenerative Nd:YAG amplifier. Besides the studies on fs lasers and amplifiers, he has fruitful experiences on the field of nonlinear laser wavelength conversion. He has conducted SHG, DFG, OPG, OPA, OPO experiments and is familiar with different kinds of nonlinear laser crystals. During the last two years of his PhD project, he assisted the professor in training several junior fellow apprentices in the laboratory.