Tresa Pollock

DBR Distinguished Speaker Series 2014-2015

Mackiw Lecture in Metallurgy:

"Rapid Acquisition of 3D Data at the Mesoscale: TriBeam Tomography and Property Modeling"


The development of high fidelity material property and life prediction models often requires three-dimensional information on the distribution of phases, grains or extrinsic defects. Acquisition of this information in appropriate representative volume elements ultimately limits the use of conventional tomography techniques. The use of femtosecond lasers for layer-by-layer ablation provides new tomography capabilities in terms of the volume of material that can be sampled in relatively short time periods. The high pulse frequency (1 kHz) of ultra-short (150 fs) laser pulses can induce material ablation with virtually no thermal damage to the surrounding area. Laser-based tomography has been demonstrated ex-situ with optical imaging and more recently in-situ with a “TriBeam” approach that combines the femtosecond laser within a focused ion beam platform to permit high resolution imaging, as well as crystallographic and elemental analysis. Datasets on a spectrum of metallic, polymer and ceramic systems will be presented.


Tresa Pollock is the Alcoa Professor of Materials and Department Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated with a B.S. from Purdue University in 1984, and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1989. Dr. Pollock was employed at General Electric Aircraft Engines from 1989 to 1991, where she conducted research and development on high temperature alloys for aircraft turbine engines. She was a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 1991 to 1999 and the University of Michigan from 2000 - 2010. Her current research focuses on the processing and properties of structural materials and coatings and on the use of ultrafast lasers for microfabrication and materials diagnostics. Professor Pollock was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, is a Fellow of TMS and ASM International, Associate Editor of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions and was the 2005-2006 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

Dr. Tresa M. Pollock

Alcoa Professor of Materials and Department Chair
University of California Santa Barbara, USA


September 18, 2014


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


ETLC 1-001


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