Gérard Mourou

French physicist

Gérard Albert Mourou (born June 22, 1944) is a French scientist. He worked in electrical engineering and lasers.

Gérard Mourou
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Gérard Mourou in 2014
Gérard Albert Mourou

(1944-06-22) June 22, 1944 (age 77)
Albertville, France
Other namesGA Mourou
Known forChirped pulse amplification
AwardsNobel Prize in Physics (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsÉcole Polytechnique
ENSTA ParisTech
University of Rochester
University of Michigan

With Donna Strickland, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their co-invention of a technique called chirped pulse amplification, or CPA.[1]

In 1994, Mourou and his team at the University of Michigan discovered that the balance between Kerr effect and self-diffraction by ionization act as waveguides for the beam.


  1. Gérard Mourou Profile engin.umich.edu Retrieved 2 October 2018

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