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François Légaré

François Légaré was born in 1976 in Haileybury, Ontario, and grew up in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec. He is married and has three children. He joined INRS-ÉMT in 2006, and became a full professor in 2013. He has been the director of the Canadian Advanced Laser Light Source since January 2013. He received a M.Sc. (2001, supervisor Prof. Andre D. Bandrauk) and a Ph.D. (2004, supervisor Prof. A.D. Bandrauk, co-supervisor Prof. P.B. Corkum) in chemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke. With a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship, he worked at Harvard University with Prof. Bjorn R. Olsen on tissue imaging with advanced microscopy techniques.

The general goal of his research is to use nonlinear optical phenomena to develop novel light sources and approaches to image and control matter. Since 2000, he has published over 130 articles in peer reviewed journals including prestigious ones such as Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, and Physical Review Letters. He has been invited to talk at over 60 conferences and workshops, including the Gordon-Research-Conference on Multiphoton Processes (2012), DAMOP (American Physical Society (2013)), ICOMP (2014), CLEO-PR (2015), DAMOP (2016), IEEE-IPC (2017), and UFDIM (2018). In addition, he is involved in the program committee of major conferences including being the chair of the sub-committee “High Field Physics and Attosecond Science” (2015-2017) of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics. In 2015, he organized the 5th Conference on Attosecond Physics with Prof. Paul B. Corkum, and has since served this conference as a member of its international committee.