High-Intensity Lasers and High-Field Phenomena (HILAS)

High-Intensity Lasers and High-Field Phenomena (HILAS)

HILAS is a topical meeting highlighting the dramatic recent advances in research on high field optical science and high intensity sources.
The aim of the High-Intensity Sources and High-Field Phenomena meeting is to assemble a multi disciplinary group of participants to present and exchange breakthrough ideas relating to the physics and applications of high field sources, and related developments in high intensity lasers and related technology.

The conference topics include both fundamental science and applications of high field phenomena, as well as technical aspects related to source development. The latest research results in terawatt/petawatt lasers, amplification of a few cycle pulses, laser fusion technologies, EUV and X-ray sources based on lasers, plasmas in ultra high fields, advances in attosecond science and relativistic nonlinear phenomena are among the topics to be discussed.

Tadas Balciunas, Technische Universität Wien, Austria, Direct Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of a sub-MHz Yb Amplifier, Invited

Andrius Baltuska, Technische Universität Wien, Austria, Optimization of Quantum Trajectories Driven by Strong-Field Waveforms, Invited

Craig Benko, University of Colorado at Boulder JILA, United States, Phase Coherent Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation, Invited

Cosmin Blaga, Ohio State University, United States, Femtosecond Molecular Imaging Using Laser-Induced Broadband Electron Diffraction, Invited

Sergio Carbajo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Ultra-intense Few-cycle Radial Polarization Source for Vacuum Laser Acceleration, Invited

Michael Downer, University of Texas at Austin, United States, Laser-plasma Acceleration of Electrons to 2 GeV and Beyond, Invited

Matthias Fuchs, University of Nebraska Lincoln, United States, Nonlinear X-ray Scattering, Invited

Takao Fuji, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan, Real-time Observation of Single-Cycle Pulse Waveforms by Using FROG Capable of CEP Determination with Pulse-Front Tilt, Invited

Monika Noack, Leibniz Universität Hannover , Germany, Gold Bowtie Nanoantennas Generating UV, Invited

Akira Ozawa, University of Tokyo, Japan, VUV Frequency Comb Generation and its Applications, Invited

Thomas Pfeifer, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kernphysik, Germany, Time-domain Physics in Doubly-excited States and Phase Control of Fano Resonances, Invited

Ishay Pomerantz, University of Texas at Austin, United States, An Ultra-Short Pulsed Neutron Source, Invited

Bruno Schmidt, Institut National de la Recherche Sci., Canada, High Gain, High Contrast FOPA (Frequency domain Optical Parametric Amplifier), Invited

Michael Schnell, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, Characterizing Laser Plasma Electron Accelerators with Betatron Radiation, Invited

Markus Schöffler, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kernphysik, Germany, How to Determine the Handedness of a Chiral Molecule, Invited

Jared Wahlstrand, University of Maryland at College Park, United States, Long-lived High Power Optical Waveguides in Air, Invited

Tobias Witting, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Simultaneous In-Line Vuv and Xuv Pulse Generation for Attosecond Pump-Probe Experiments, Invited


Jens Biegert, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Todd Ditmire, University of Texas at Austin, United States

Program Chair

Gunter Steinmeyer, Max Born Institute, Germany
Amelle Zaïr, Imperial College London, United Kingdom


Eric Constant, Université de Bordeaux I, France
Louis DiMauro, Ohio State University, United States
J.C. Fernandez, Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States
Takao Fuji, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan
Peter Hommelhoff, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Germany
Milutin Kovacev, Leibniz Universität Hannover , Germany
Andy Kung, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
François Légaré, INRS-Energie Mat & Tele Site Varennes, Canada
Ruxin Li, Shanghai Inst of Optics and Fine Mech, China
Johan Mauritsson, Lund University, Sweden
Robert Moshammer, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kernphysik, Germany
Yasuo Nabekawa, RIKEN, Japan
Chang Hee Nam, Gwangju Inst of Science & Technology, South Korea
Nina Rohringer, Max Planck Advanced Study Group, Germany
Stefan Skupin, Max-Planck-Institut PKS, Germany
Stelios Tzortzakis, FORTH-IESL, Greece
Donald Umstadter, University of Nebraska Lincoln, United States
Caterina Vozzi, IFN-CNR, Italy
Mathew Zepf, Queen's University of Belfast, United Kingdom
Laser Optics Reception
Tuesday, 18 March, 17:00 - 21:00
Join your fellow attendees at the laser optics reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to full congress attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Sessions
Wednesday, 19 March, 10:30 - 11:30
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.

Postdeadline Papers
Wednesday, 19 March, 17:30 - 19:00
The QIM and HILAS committees will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for oral presentation.  Before the sessions begin light refreshments will be served.

Topic Categories

  • High-peak power lasers and high-intensity laser-matter interactions
  • Recent progress in terawatt to petawatt lasers and the amplification of few cycle pulses
  • Laser technology for fusion and laser based EUV and X-ray sources
  • Strong field laser science including interactions with atoms, molecules, clusters, and plasmas
  • Advances in attosecond science
  • High harmonic generation, high-field rescattering physics, relativistic nonlinear phenomena, intense pulse propagation
  • Plasmas in ultrahigh fields, and laser based particle acceleration

Collocated Trade Show