High-Brightness Sources and Light-Driven Interactions

High-Brightness Sources and Light-Driven Interactions

20 - 22 March 2016
Hilton Long Beach, Long Beach, California 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.

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Tor Raubenheimer,SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University, USA, The Future of Compact Accelerator Technology for Compact EUV and Ex-ray Sources

Gérard Mourou, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, Compression of High Energy Pulses to the Sub-attosecond Regime: Route to Exawatt Laser Subatomic Physics

Plenary Session

Sunday, 20 March, 08:00 - 10:00
High-Brightness Sources and Light-Driven Interactions Congress will feature two highly regarded plenary speakers during this Congress wide session. Visit the Plenary Speaker page for complete information.

Tor Raubenheimer,SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University, USA
Gérard Mourou, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

The OSA Centennial Celebration Reception

Sunday, 20 March, 18:30 - 20:00
The Optical Society (OSA) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, marking a century of innovation. Throughout the Centennial, OSA will honor the significance of these advancements and others while also empowering the next generation of optics and photonics leaders.  Come celebrate with us during the Congress reception with appetizers and drinks.  Attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guests.  

To learn more visit osa.org/100.

Poster Session

Monday, 21 March, 16:00 – 17:00
Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide a venue for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss current research one-on-one with the presenters.