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Chris Barty joins the University of California Irvine Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative

08 January 2018

Chris Barty
Christopher Barty

SPIE Fellow Christopher P.J. Barty joins the faculty at the University of California Irvine (UCI) as the first professor in the Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative (COSI) led by the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLIMC). He comes to UCI after serving as chief technology officer for the US National Ignition Facility (NIF) and Photon Science Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL).

According to the BLI Winter newsletter, as the lead hire in COSI, Barty will concentrate his efforts on building the world’s highest output, tunable, mono-energetic, compact, x-ray light source based on laser-Compton scattering. It is Barty’s patented laser-Compton technology that is now being transferred to industry as the foundation behind a new company Barty helped launch adjacent to the campus, Lumitron Technology, Inc. Barty said of this new arrangement, “When I look here [at UCI], I see the grand vision. BLIMC completely gets the story where academic and industrial activities are encouraged.”

In 2016, SPIE recognized Barty’s development of the foundational techniques that have enabled ultrafast, intense lasers and his pioneering contributions to time-resolved, x-ray and gamma-ray science conducted with such lasers. He was awarded the 2016 Harold E. Edgerton Award for his advancements in ultrafast lasers. For his achievements and engagement with the Society, serving on several conference committees, presenting at events, and publishing in SPIE proceedings, Barty was named SPIE Fellow in 2012.

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