Siegman International School on Lasers: 2014

3 - 8 August 2014
Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

This program, co-founded by the OSA Foundation and IPG Photonics, will provide up to 100 graduate students from around the world the opportunity to advance their education, foster future collaboration, and promote research and engineering for the optical community.

Confirmed session instructors include:

Robert L. Byer, Stanford University, USA
Hui Cao, Yale University, USA
Connie Chang-Hasnain, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Steven Chu, Stanford University, USA
Alexander L. Gaeta, Cornell University, USA
Stephen E. Harris, Stanford University, USA
Jim Kafka, Spectra-Physics a Newport Company, USA
David Richardson, Southampton University, United Kingdom
Bahaa E. A. Saleh, CREOL, USA
Mark Sobey, Coherent, USA

The following program topics will be covered:

  • Applications
  • Fibers
  • Solid State
  • Nano Lasers/Exotic Laser Systems
  • Silicon Photonics
  • Quantum Theory of Lasers
  • Semiconductor Lasers

Space is limited so apply today to reserve your place. The deadline for applications is 21 April 2014.

Preliminary Program Schedule 

Sessions will include lectures from several renowned speakers, presentations from local industry and academia, a student poster session and ample time for networking among participants. Check back for regular updates to the schedule.



3 Aug


4 Aug


5 Aug


6 Aug


7 Aug


8 Aug

Technical Sessions   X X X X X
Poster Sessions     X   X  
Group Events & Activities
Opening Evening Reception X          
Tour Excursion         X  

Application Process

The application process is officially closed for the 2014 program. The program committee is currently reviewing all applications and we expect to have results in late June 2014.


Registration includes all meals, accommodations in student dormitories from Sunday, 3 August – Saturday, 8 August and all meeting publications. Upon acceptance of their application, students will be asked to provide payment for the tuition of $1,000 USD. Tuition is nonrefundable after 20 July 2014.

Travel Grants and tuition assistance are available. Students will be notified about availability upon acceptance.

Application Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Program Committee by 23 May 2014. Students will be notified of acceptance by 1 June 2014.

Invitation Letter

For those requiring letters of invitation to gain entry into United States, please follow the process outlined below. All summer session applicants needing visas are encouraged to apply now as the process may take several weeks and in many cases months.

One factor that increases the processing time is the personal interview, now required for most applicants as a standard part of visa processing. As soon as you know that you will need a visa for travel, you should contact the embassy or consulate to schedule an appointment for screening.

All those requesting letters of invitation should provide the following information:
(When requesting letters for more than one individual, please include all the following information for each person.)

  • First name
  • Family name (as in passport)
  • Job title
  • Date of birth
  • Your complete mailing address
  • Your phone and fax numbers
  • Passport number
  • Date of passport issue
  • Date of passport expiration


Air travel:

Stanford University is located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley.

Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco International (SFO), San Jose Mineta International (SJC), and Oakland International (OAK). We suggest comparing fares to all three airports, as there can be significant differences, even for the same airline.

Choosing Airports

Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports.  Although San Francisco is the largest of the three area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Co-Sponsor Information

About IPG Photonics
About The Optical Society

Host Information

About SPRC at Stanford University
bout Ginzton Lab at Stanford University


2014 Program Committee Members

  • Eric Van Stryland, CREOL, USA, Chair
  • Michael Damzen, Imperial College, UK
  • Michel Digonnet, Stanford University, USA
  • James Leger, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Luis Orozco, University of Maryland, USA
  • Jose Salcedo, Multiwave Photonics, Portugal
  • Doug Stone, Yale University, USA

Steering Committee Members

  • Eric Van Stryland, CREOL, USA, Chair
  • Eric Rosas, National Center of Metrology (CENAM), Mexico, Vice Chair
  • Chris Dainty, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Andrew Forbes, CSIR National Laser Centre, South Africa
  • Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Mike O'Conner, IPG Photonics, USA
  • Niloufer Shroff, DeitY, India
  • Virginia Siegman, USA, Honorary Member


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