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Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland and Steve Rummel with II-VI Incorporated to headline Laser Congress Plenary

High-Intensity Laser Physics and Role of Lasers in Modern Photonics Focus of Talks

Meeting Announcement


WASHINGTON – Laser Congress, a comprehensive view of the latest advances in solid-state laser development and applications, will feature Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland and Steve Rummel, SVP, II-VI Incorporated, as plenary speakers. The congress will be presented in a virtual, web-conference format 03 – 07 October 2021.

The event, comprised of two topical meetings, will explore advances in solid-state lasers, including ultra-high brightness and high power radiation sources, as well as the latest applications of these lasers, such as material processing. Products resulting from these advances will be showcased in the virtual exhibit.

“As the field continues to evolve, registrants will learn more about new applications and capabilities of high-power lasers,” said Johan Nilsson, Advanced Solid State Lasers General Chair. “Recent achievements are generating excitement and interest in the results of current studies.”

 Donna Strickland, 2013 OSA President and Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada, will focus on differences between nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics in her plenary presentation. Chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, boosted laser intensity levels by orders of magnitude and helped enable a new realm of high-intensity laser-matter interaction. Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics with Gérard Mourou for co-inventing CPA. She will discuss future applications of this technique.

Steve Rummel, Senior Vice President Engineered Materials and Laser Optics, II-IV Incorporated, USA, will examine megatrends that have brought lasers to the forefront of metrology and manufacturing, enabling processing of advanced materials such as diamond and silicon carbide. His talk will explore the role of photonics in defining technology shifts, from 3D sensing to laser additive manufacturing, EUV systems and beyond.

“We are pleased to have such noteworthy speakers present developments in groundbreaking research as well as their industrial applications,” said Johannes Trbola, Laser Applications Conference Chair. “This is an opportunity for attendees to gain insight into these technological developments and breakthroughs.”

The Laser Congress plenary program will take place Monday, 04 October, 08:00 – 10:00 (EDT, UTC-04:00).

The five-day event includes two topical meetings – Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference (ASSL) and Laser Applications Conference (LAC). ASSL highlights new sources, advanced technologies, components, and system design to extend the operation and application of solid-state lasers. LAC focuses on materials processing and applications for high power lasers. Technical sessions and Short Courses will be presented live from the Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT).

Conference registration is currently open. You must register in advance to receive the web link for the conference. All registrants will receive access to the Technical Digest, the live technical sessions and recorded/archived content. The deadline to secure exhibit and/or sponsorship participation at the All-Virtual Laser Congress is 20 September.

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