Advanced Solid State Lasers

Advanced Solid State Lasers

This new congress combines the significant research from the topical meetings formerly known as Advanced Solid State Photonics (ASSP), Advances in Optical Materials (AIOM), and Fiber Laser Applications (FILAS).

This exciting new program covers the latest advances in solid state materials based lasers, to nonlinear optical devices and associate technologies and applications.

Attend sessions and network with colleagues to learn:

  • What are the new or improved materials on the horizon and what is needed in the future?
  • What are the performance requirements for new laser sources?
  • What new technologies and applications are needed to meet evolving needs in the market place?

This is the only international event presenting materials, sources, and applications all in one meeting in a single track format. 


Materials are the basis for the technology covered by ASSL, and the meeting encompasses advances in optics, materials science, condensed matter physics and chemistry relevant to the development, characterization and applications of new materials for lasers and photonics. These include bulk crystals, glasses and ceramics, as well as micro-structured materials such as optical fibers, planar waveguides, and periodically patterned non-linear crystals.

  • Laser Crystals
  • Transparent Ceramics
  • Crystal and Glass Fibers
  • Nonlinear Crystals and Processes
  • Waveguides and Laser Patterning
  • Photonic Structures
Materials used in:
  • Solid-state Lasers
  • Fiber Lasers
  • Supercontinuum Generation
  • Scintillators
  • Lighting and Laser Displays
  • Solar Converters
  • Sensors and Detectors
  • Windows, Lenses, Domes


Coherent and high brightness radiation sources include lasers as well as pump and nonlinear devices. In this component, the emphasis is on advances in the source science and technology, aimed at some combination of improved power, efficiency and brightness, increased wavelength coverage, narrower and more stable frequencies and, for pulsed sources, shorter pulse widths.

  • Solid State Lasers
  • Fiber Lasers
  • Optical Sources Based on Nonlinear Frequency Conversion Schemes
  • High Power CW and Pulsed Sources
  • IR, Visible and UV Sources
  • Laser Beam Combining
  • Short-pulse Lasers
  • Frequency Combs and Frequency-stable Lasers
  • Microchip and Compact Lasers
  • Tunable and New Wavelength Lasers
  • Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers
  • High-Brightness Diodes


Applications cover ways in which the advances in materials and sources highlighted by ASSL have an important impact on science and industry. Specific topics emphasized may vary from one meeting to the next, but, beyond science, may include materials processing including cutting and marking, advanced lithography, energy, metrology, welding, astronomy, security and medicine.

  • Laser and systems for medical applications
  • Laser and systems for consumer electronics manufacturing
  • Additional application topics will be considered for presentation
Xiaoyan Liang, Shanghai Inst of Optics & Fine MechanicsChinaLatest Progress and Research Status of Ultra-high Intensity Lasers at SIOM , Plenary

Reinhart Poprawe, Fraunhofer InstitutGermanyUltrafast Lasers with kW Class Output Power for Applications in Industry and Science, Plenary

Amir Abdolvand, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des LichtsGermanyHollow-core Photonic Crystal Fibres for Gas-based Nonlinear Optics - doi:10.1038/nphoton.2013.312, Invited

Marwan Abdou Ahmed, Universität StuttgartGermanyRecent Progress in Thin-disk Lasers Based on Various Yb-doped Materials, Invited

Yves Bellouard, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerlandThe Interaction of Femtosecond Pulses with Dielectric Media and the Generation of Functional Micro/ Nano-systems, Invited

Adrian Carter, NufernAustraliaRecent Progress in Resonantly Pumped Holmium Fibre Lasers, Invited

Eric Cormier, Université de Bordeaux IFrancePumping Yb Bulk Materials with 976-nm Fiber Lasers, Invited

Pascal Del'Haye, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited StatesStable Mode Locking of Micro Resonator Frequency Combs, Invited

Bo Gu, BOS PHOTONICSUnited StatesLaser Applications in China, Invited

Shin'ichiro Hayashi, RIKENJapanTerahertz Parametric Oscillator Sources , Invited

Ori Henderson-Sapir, University of AdelaideAustraliaA Higher Power 3.5 μm Fibre Laser, Invited

Sae Chae Jeoung, Korea Research Inst of Standards & SciSouth KoreaIn-vivo Studies on Selective Reduction of New-born Blood Vessels based on Ultrafast Laser Microsurgery, Invited

Li Jiang, CAS Shanghai Institute of CeramicsChinaRare Earth Doped YAG Transparent Ceramics for Solid State Lasers , Invited

Jonathan Knight, University of BathUnited KingdomOut of the Blue and into the Black - Silica Fibres for the Mid-IR , Invited

Malte Kumkar, TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbHGermanyCutting of Transparent Materials by Tailored Absorption, Invited

Wenxue Li, East China Normal UniversityChinaCompact Fiber Optical Frequency Comb in the Near Infrared, Invited

Richard Mildren, Macquarie UniversityAustraliaHigh Power Raman Beam Conversion in Synthetic Diamond, Invited

Norihiko Nishizawa, Nagoya UniversityJapanCarbon-nanotube Mode Locked Fiber Lasers and their Application to OCT, Invited

Raj Patel, Spectra-PhysicsUnited StatesFueling Precision Micromachining of Electronics and Medical Devices Using Lasers, Invited

Liejia Qian, Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChinaMid-infrared Mode-locked Lasers Based on Graphene Saturable Absorber, Invited

Jayanta Sahu, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomMulti-Trench Fibers: A Novel Approach for Rare Earth Doped Large-Mode-Area Fiber Lasers , Invited

Thomas Schibli, University of Colorado at BoulderUnited StatesFrequency Combs at the Fundamental Limit using Graphen Modulators, Invited

Upendra Singh, NASA Langley Research CenterUnited States20 years of Tm:Ho:YLF and LuLF Laser Development for Global Winds Measurements, Invited

Frederic Smektala, Universite de BourgogneFranceChalcogenide Fibers for Mid-IR Light Generation: Potentialities and Drawbacks of the Microstructured Design in Sulfide Waveguides, Invited

Shigeki Tokita, Osaka UniversityJapanHigh Power 3 um Fibre Lasers, Invited

Shinji Yamashita, University of TokyoJapanPulse Fiber Laser using CNT and Grapheme , Invited

Masashi Yoshimura, Osaka UniversityJapanNonlinear Crystals for Deep UV Light Generation, Invited

Huaijin Zhang, Shandong UniversityChinaSome Disordered Laser Crystals--Crystal Growth, Characterization and Ultrafast Laser Research, Invited

General Chairs

Guenter Huber, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Ruxin Li, Shanghai Inst of Optics and Fine Mech, China
Peter Moulton, Q-Peak, Inc., USA

Program Chairs

Shibin Jiang, AdValue Photonics, Inc., USA
Richard Moncorge, Universite de Caen, France

Gregory D. Goodno, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, USA
Alphan Sennaroglu, Koc University, Turkey
Heping Zeng, East China Normal University, China

Michael M. Mielke, Raydiance Inc, USA
Francois Salin, EOLITE Systems, France
Xiao Zhu, Huazhong University, China

Program Committee


Gerard Aka, Ecole Natl Superieure de Chimie de Paris, France
Maxim E. Doroshenko, A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Inst RAS, Russia
Helena Jelinkova, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Ajoy Kumar Kar, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Christian Kraenkel, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Jacob Isa Mackenzie, University of Southampton, UK
Sergey B. Mirov, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Yasutake Ohishi, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan
Jianrong Qiu, South China University of Technology, China
Jasbinder S. Sanghera, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Jianda Shao, Shanghai Inst of Optics and Fine Mech, China
Stefano Taccheo, Swansea University - College of Engineering - Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, UK
Takunori Taira, Institute for Molecular Science, Japan
Mauro Tonelli, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy
Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China
Brian M. Walsh, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
Jun Xu, CAS Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
Carlos Zaldo, Inst Ciencia Materiales de Madrid. CSIC, Spain

Weibiao Chen, Shanghai Inst of Optics and Fine Mech, China
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Katia Gallo, Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Sweden
F. Oemer Omer Ilday, Bilkent Universitesi, Turkey
Stuart Dale Jackson, Macquarie University, Australia
Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, South Korea
R. Jason Jones, University of Arizona, USA
Junji Kawanaka, Osaka University, Japan
Sunao Kurimura, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Helen Margaret Pask, Macquarie University, Australia
Valentin Petrov, Max Born Institute, Germany
Bryce N. Samson, Nufern, USA
Akira Shirakawa, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Thomas Sudmeyer, Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland

Brian Walter Baird, Summit Photonics, USA
Adela Ben-Yakar, Univeristy of Texas Austin, USA
Jiyeon Choi, Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials, South Korea
Ulrich Hefter, Rofin-Sinar, Inc., Germany
Clemens Hoenninger, Amplitude Systems, France
Haibin Zhang, Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. 
Yuxing Zhao, Delphi Lasers, China

Industry Program Committee

Shibin Jiang, AdValue Photonics, Inc., USA, chair
Beth Cohen, IPG Photonics Corp., USA
Quentin Mocaer, Amplitude Systemes, Taiwan
Joachim Sacher, Sacher Lasertechnik, Germany
Johannes Trbola, Trbola Engineering, Germany

Opening Remarks and Plenary Session

Latest Progress and Research Status of Ultra-high Intensity Lasers at SIOM, Xiaoyan Liang, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), China
Abstract: Based on technologies of chirped pulse amplification and optical parametric chirped pulse amplification, the peak power of petawatt femtosecond laser was upgraded. The hybrid scheme was confirmed to be an approach for ten patawatt laser.

Ultrafast Lasers with kW Class Output Power for Applications in Industry and Science,Reinhart Poprawe, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
Abstract: INNOSLAB based ultrafast lasers with kW class average power and 10 kW class burst mode power enable various applications from high throughput materials processing to OPCPA drivers. Recent results on laser development and application are presented.

Student Poster Session and Reception sponsored by IPG

Student presenters will be presenting their research during this poster session.  All student attendees are welcomed to participate and join the reception, dedicated networking. Beverages and light food will be served. 

Poster Sessions

Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

Conference Banquet

Join your fellow attendees for an evening of traditional Chinese fare. 

Executive Speaker Series

Sit down for an entertaining and informal conversation with luminaries from our industry as they respond to questions about their career paths, corporate observations and personal perspectives. Join us for these free events to get personal viewpoints from top leaders in the optics and photonics field. Plus, after each interview the audience is encouraged to ask questions directly of the interviewee.

Industry Keynote

The Development Status and Application of Ultra-fast Solid Lasers in China
Dayong Min, Chairman and President of Huagong Laser Engineering Co., Ltd., China
: The research results and specifications of ultra-fast solid lasers in China will be introduced in the presentation. The hot issues of ultra-fast laser applications in the industrial market will be presented, and the market developing tendency and volume of ultra-fast lasers in China will be analyzed and estimated.


Industry Panel Discussion -Laser Technology Companies: From Start-Up to Success (or Successful Exit)

Panelists will discuss the successes and challenges they have encountered when commercializing their research in the laser technology arena. Having built on their basic research advances, panelists will discuss issues encountered along the way from idea to start-up to first product launch to success. Funding issues in the start-up phase may be explored; regulatory hurdles along the way examined; recovery from missteps reviewed; even challenges once a company matures and is ripe for its leaders to begin the exit process may be pondered. Bring questions and expect a highly interactive session with those who have ventured down this road.

Moderator: Johannes Trbola, TR&B GmbH + Co. KG, Germany

Keming Du, EdgeWave GmbH, Germany
Björn Wedel, PT Photonic Tools GmbH, Germany
Kurt Weingarten, JDSU Ultrafast Lasers AG, Switzerland

SC290 High Power Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers
12:30 - 15:30 - Sunday, 16 November
Johan Nilsson; Univ. of Southampton, UK

Course Level: Advanced Beginner (basic understanding of topic is necessary to follow course material)

Course Description: This course describes the principles and capabilities of high power fiber lasers and amplifiers, with output powers that can exceed a kilowatt. It describes the fundamentals of such devices and discusses current state of the art and research directions of this rapidly advancing field. Fiber technology, pump laser requirements and input coupling will be addressed. Rare-earth-doped fiber devices are the focus of the course, but Raman lasers and amplifiers will be considered, too, if time allows. This includes Yb-doped fibers at 1.0 - 1.1 μm, Er-doped fibers at 1.5 - 1.6 μm, and Tm-doped fibers at around 2 μm. Operating regimes extending from continuous-wave single-frequency to short pulses will be considered. Key equations will be introduced to find limits and identify critical parameters. For example, pump brightness is a critical parameter for some devices in some regimes but not always. Important limitations relate to nonlinear and thermal effects, as well as damage, energy storage and, of course, materials. Methods to mitigate limitations in different operating regimes will be discussed. Fiber, laser and amplifiers designs for different operating regimes will be described.

Benefits and Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the fundamentals of high power fiber lasers and amplifiers.
  • List key strengths, relative merits, and specific capabilities of high power fiber lasers and amplifiers.
  • Assess performance limitations and describe the underlying physical reasons in different operating regimes.
  • Design or specify basic fiber properties for specific operating regimes.
  • Describe the possibilities, limitations, and implications of current technology regarding core size and rare earth concentration of doped fibers.
  • Discuss different options for suppressing detrimental nonlinearities.
  • Design basic high power fiber lasers and amplifier systems.
  • List strengths and weaknesses of different pumping schemes.
Intended Audience: This course is intended for scientists and engineers involved or interested in commercial and military high power fiber systems. This includes system designers, laser designers, fiber fabricators, and users. A basic knowledge of fibers and lasers is needed.
Biography: Johan Nilsson is a professor in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, England. He received a doctorate in engineering sciences from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1994, for research on optical amplification. Since then, he has worked on optical amplifiers and amplified lightwave systems, optical communications, guided-wave lasers and nonlinear optics, first at Samsung Electronics and now at the ORC, where he is leading a research group in the field of high-power fiber devices and applications. His research has primarily focused on devices but has also covered system, fabrication and materials aspects. He has given courses on high-power fiber sources at conferences such as Photonics West, ASSP, and OFC.

SC419 Crystal Parametric Nonlinear Optics: Modelling, Materials and Devices
16:00 - 20:00 - Sunday, 16 November
Benoit Boulanger, Grenoble Univ., CNRS-NEEL Institute, France
Course Level: Intermediate
Course Description: This lecture focuses on fundamental crystal parametric optics that is one of the most fascinating field of nonlinear optics involving corpuscular and wave aspects of light in strong interaction with the electrons of matter, and leading to optical frequency synthesis and mixing at the origin of numerous applications.

  • Constitutive relations and Maxwell equations.
  • Classification of the nonlinear interactions through the corpuscular approach: fusion and splitting involving three or four photons, spontaneous and stimulated processes.
  • Calculation of the electric susceptibility by Lorentz model: perturbation approach leading to the definition of the different orders of the electric susceptibility, wavelength dispersion, intrinsic symmetries (Kleinman and ABDP), implications of spatial symmetry on the susceptibility tensors (Neumann principle).
  • Tensor algebra and calculation of the first, second and third order polarizations.
  • Modelling of the macroscopic nonlinearities of matter from the microscopic scale using the bond charge model and ab initio calculation, Miller index.
  • Basics in linear crystal optics: propagation equation, index surface, birefringence, double refraction, eigenmodes.
  • Amplitude equations in the nonlinear regime, Manley-Rowe relations.
  • Calculation of the effective coefficient based on the field tensor formalism.
  • Types and topology of collinear and non-collinear Birefringence Phase-matching and Quasi-Phase-Matching in bulk media and whispering-gallery-mode resonators.
  • Conversion efficiency calculation of second harmonic generation (SHG), direct and cascaded third harmonic generation (THG), and optical parametric interactions: fluorescence, amplification (OPA), chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA), generation (OPG), oscillation (OPO).
  • Angular, spectral and thermal acceptances.
  • Spatial and temporal walk-off effects.
  • Techniques of characterization of nonlinear crystals for the determination of phase-matching and quasi-phase-matching loci, magnitude and relative signs of the nonlinear coefficients, acceptances.
  • The main materials for parametric generation, from ultraviolet to THz.
Benefits and Learning Objectives: This new course aims at giving guidelines and tools for the design, characterization and use of crystals for parametric generation. This course should enable participants to:
  • Explain the main lines and key parameters of fundamental crystal parametric optics
  • Compare the figures of merit of various nonlinear materials
  • Compute phase-matching directions, quasi-phase-matching periodicities, angular and spectral acceptances, effective coefficients, conversion efficiencies
  • Measure nonlinear coefficients, phase-matching directions, spectral and angular acceptances, a figure of merit, a conversion efficiency
  • Define the relevant parameters for the design of new nonlinear crystal
  • List the main nonlinear materials enabling parametric generation
  • Identify the right crystal corresponding to the targeted application
  • Design up-conversion and down-conversion parametric devices
Intended Audience: This course is specifically built for physicists as well as chemists interested in crystal parametric optics: crystal growers and designers wanting to identify the relevant parameters, laser physicists aiming at working in nonlinear optics or users willing to go deeper in the field at the frontier of crystal physics,  coming from industry or universities and other academic institutes. Various job levels are concerned: PhD students, postdocs, engineers, researchers, professors. The basics of electromagnetism, solid state and laser physics are recommended.
Instructor Biography: Benoit Boulanger is Professor at Grenoble University and CNRS - Néel Institute. He has authored over 180 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His work is at the frontiers between nonlinear crystal optics, material engineering and quantum optics. His main achievements concern the crystal growth of KTP compounds, the development of the field factor formalism, the invention of the sphere method, the understanding of gray-tracking in KTP, the development of angular-quasi-phase-matching, and the first demonstration of triple photon generation. Benoit Boulanger is Fellow of OSA and EOS since 2012, he was general co-chair of Non Linear Optics / OSA – Hawaii 2013, and he is Topical Editor for Optics Letters since 2014.

SC422 Current Trends in Ultrashort Pulse Laser Technology
12:30 - 15:30 - Sunday, 16 November
Andrius Baltuska, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Course Level: Advanced Beginner

Course Description:The first part of the four-part lecture will highlight the rapidly growing scope of industrial, scientific, medical and sensing applications of femtosecond laser pulses and underscore unique light—matter interaction regimes enabling “cold” ablation, multiphoton bulk processing, femtosecond filamentation, tunable and broadband optical frequency conversion, coherent short-pulse X-ray and THz emission, etc., which only femtosecond lasers and no other laser technology can currently provide. Using three specific case studies, we will first summarize the shifting parameter space imposed on femtosecond sources by fledgling high-volume industrial and biomedical applications before examining the types of laser technology behind such sources. In the second part, we will identify, with brief descriptions, the main generic building blocks, such as oscillators, amplifiers, delivery systems, and survey main concepts, such as mechanisms of broadband modelocking, chirped-pulse laser and parametric amplification and alternatives to temporal pulse chirping, external compression, optical synchronization, coherent pulse combining and beam combining. In the third part, we will take a look at specific modern ultrafast optically pumped solid-state crystal oscillators and amplifiers and fiber lasers that are already playing a key role in the industrial and scientific market or are likely to occupy an important niche in the foreseeable future. We will examine the trends in the scaling of average power and peak power, repetition rate, laser wavelength, and pulse bandwidth. In particular, alternative technological routes such as laser amplification, parametric amplification and amplifier-free multiplexing/coherent addition will be juxtaposed to help the audience appreciate the strengths, weaknesses and symbiotic relations among the major competing concepts. In the final part, aimed at the course participants interested in extreme ultrafast optics, we will review several schemes that have succeeded in generating scalable near-single-cycle high-energy “ultimate” laser pulses and light transients measuring shorter than an optical cycle and discuss their applications.
Benefits and Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key principles for the generation and amplification of femtosecond laser pulses.
  • Compare the main types of ultrafast optical amplifiers.
  • Determine which major subsystems are required in a femtosecond laser scheme dependent on the output target energy, duration, and average power.
  • Explain the main qualitative differences between broadband femtosecond laser chains and narrowband pulsed lasers.
  • Compare the engineering effort, material limits and system scalability for the key types of femtosecond systems.
Intended Audience: The target audience are graduate students and engineers working in laser optics and technology; industrial and academic attendees who are users or developers of laser-based processing of materials and tissues; medical and biological researchers using lasers in diagnostics, microsurgery and dentistry; researchers active in ultrafast spectroscopy and strong field applications; environmental scientists employing laser-driven spectrometric and/or nonlinear-optical spectroscopic techniques; defense experts with the background in optical countermeasures.
Instructor Biography: Andrius Baltuska received the diploma in physics from Vilnius University, Lithuania, in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2000. Since 2006 he is a full professor at the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Vienna University of Technology. His group works on the development of intense ultrafast laser and parametric amplifiers and applications of fully controlled optical pulses in ultrafast spectroscopy and high-field physics.