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Upcoming Laser-Based Technologies:
What Every MP Needs to Know

Dr. Paul Corkum
National Research Council Canada

We listen to music read by laser light, our telephone conversations are carried on laser light, laser light reads the product codes when we shop and we all have friends who have had their eyes reshaped by lasers. What next? --- all optical operating rooms? all-optical (laser based) computers? How soon? Dr. Corkum will make predictions based on work in progress at NRC and beyond.

Paul Corkum is one of the world's leading experts on lasers and their application to science and technology. He has been interviewed on CBC television and BBC Radio. His research has been reported in prestigious scientific press such as Science and Nature as well as in the Toronto Globe and Mail and The Ottawa Citizen. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he holds the 1996 Gold Medal in Physics, Canada's highest physics award.

DATE: Thursday, October 8, 1998 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am