24.05.2023 11:10

Impronte Politecniche: an interview with Orazio Svelto

Sixth episode of the series of interviews with Emeritus and Honorary Professors of the Politecnico

Over sixty years after its invention, the laser continues to inspire a mixture of curiosity and wonder. Professor Giulio Cerullo and his revered master, Orazio Svelto, Emeritus Professor of Physics, take us through this fascinating story, pointing us towards the most exciting research for the future of the technology.

"It all started through the remarkable insight of the man I consider my master and mentor: Emilio Gatti, who directed me towards a thesis on Maser, the forerunner of the laser, in March 1960. When the laser was invented in June 1960, only three months later, I had all the tools and all the cultural background to be interested in this new invention".

“Impronte Politecniche” is a series of video portraits in which Emeritus and Honorary Professors of the Politecnico tell their academic story in conversation with one of their students; from their beginnings to the present day, passing through the successes, challenges, anecdotes, places, teachers and students they have encountered along the way.
The term “footprint” is intended to suggest the lasting value of that which the Emeriti have achieved in their careers, but also the path they have taken and which they invite us to take, following in their footsteps towards the challenges of the future.