The Academy’s 2015 Frew Fellow, Professor Ursula Keller, gave the Frew Lecture and toured Australia in April as part of the Academy's Geoffrey Few Fellowship. The Fellowship brings distinguished overseas scientists to Australia to participate in Australian Spectroscopy Conferences and to visit scientific centres.
Professor Ursula Keller is Director of the National Center of Competence in Research for Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology (MUST) and heads theUltrafast Laser Physics Research Group at ETH Zurich.
She gave a lecture at the 2015 Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy (AZCOP) in Adelaide, and undertook a tour of Australian universities and research institutions.
Professor Keller is a pioneer of Laser Technology. Her inventions helped to make lasers the fastest probes available—quick enough to see the dynamics of atoms and molecules. She explained in her talks in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney the science behind atto-second spectroscopy and how new technology and fundamental research stimulate each other. Through her work with lasers Professor Keller is demonstrating with impressive success that commercial activities in Europe are being built on such basic science foundations.
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