High-Brightness Sources and Light-Driven Interactions
- 20 - 22 March 2016
Hilton Long Beach, Long Beach, United States
In recent years, significant advances have been realized in the development of high-brightness sources which enable new generations of compact tunable CW and ultra-short pulsed Mid-IR, EUV and soft X-ray sources, the study of high intensity light-matter interactions including the generation of plasmas in ultrahigh fields and laser based particle acceleration, intense pulse propagation, and the generation of few cycle optical pulses and ultra-broadband spectra across the wide spectral range between XUV and Mid-IR. Work has also been undertaken to develop a new generation of short pulse EUV and Soft-X-Ray compact sources that are small enough to be installed in small-scale laboratories, manufacturing facilities, and hospitals. Additionally, the realization of multiple types of coherent sources in the mid-IR spectral region is enabling the development of probes to address the rich mid-IR spectral region to study spectroscopic finger prints of molecules which are used to identify pollutants, for chemical and medical diagnostics and for process control. Work to develop brighter, more powerful sources in the mid-IR is also progressing and is aimed at developing more capable laser tools for longer range remote detection, material processing and to effect nonlinear interactions in the infrared.
The goal of this new Optics and Photonics Congress is to report on the latest advances in high-brightness sources, attosecond science, light-driven interactions, advances in mid-IR laser technologies, and to understand the technical challenges in the development of high-brightness sources at all wavelengths, from X-ray to Mid-IR. Topics in the area of EUV and X-ray sources will include high-harmonic-generation, relativistic and high-order nonlinear phenomena, intense pulse propagation, and recent progress in the development of terawatt to petawatt lasers as well as descriptions of related beam quality characteristics, to mention a few. Presentations in the area of mid-IR sources will cover compact semiconductor lasers (Quantum Cascade, Interband Cascade), solid-state and fiber lasers, high-intensity mid-IR sources for high-harmonic generation and attosecond physics, broadband mid-IR continuum sources, and mid-IR nonlinear optical frequency conversion technologies. Uses of these sources ranging from the X-ray to mid-IR for sensing, material processing, and biomedical applications and their success in transiting into industrial and scientific instrumentations applications will be discussed. New research directions resulting from these advances will also be discussed.