Topic Categories

Topic Categories


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