Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA)

Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA)

25 - 28 julio 2016
Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

The Laser Applications to Chemical, Security, and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA) topical meeting focuses on laser-based sensing in combustion or industrial process gases, gases that may contain chemical or biological agents, and in atmospheric gases. Sensing of liquids (e.g., aerosols) and solids (e.g., particulates or explosives) are also discussed. The rapid development of laser technologies as well as data analysis tools are paving the way for novel monitoring schemes and even real-time control in various environments. Topics cover the VUV to THz spectra range, and involve exciting new developments in analytical spectroscopy, ultrafast lasers, frequency combs, and miniaturization. Creative ideas involving new laser technologies, methodologies, and/or data analysis tools will be showcased. Special emphasis will be given to techniques exploring use of shorter (e.g., VUV) or longer (e.g., THz) spectral ranges.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • New technologies in laser sources for optical sensing applications
  • Chemical sensing methods
  • Security applications
  • Environmental analysis
View the complete list of topic categories.
Plenary Speakers
Monday, 25 July, 09:00 - 10:30

Chris Dainty, University College London, UK

Keith Nugent, La Trobe University, Australia

Michael Totzeck, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany

Michael Armstrong, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Plasma Chemical Kinetics in a Steady Flow , Invited

Mathieu Carras, Thales Research & Technology, France, MIRIFISENS introduction , Invited

Andrew Cutler, George Washington University, United States, WIDECARS Measurement of Ethylene in Ethylene-Air Combustion, Invited

Volker Ebert, Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany, EUMETRISPEC: A Versatile, Metrological, High-resolution Fouriertransform-spectrometer- Infrastructure to Determine Accurate Spectral Data , Invited

Peter Fjodorow, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Applications of Intracavity Absorption Spectroscopy to Quantitative Gas-Phase Species and Temperature Diagnostics, Invited

Aleksandra Foltynowicz, Umea University, Sweden, Cavity-Enhanced Optical Frequency Comb Spectroscopy in the Near- and Mid-Infrared, Invited

Torsten Frosch, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany, Laser Raman Spectroscopy for Chemical and Environmental Analysis, Invited

Margo Greenfield, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Selective Detection using the Gerchberg-Saxton Algorithm and Optimal Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy , Invited

Benjamin Halls, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States, High-Speed Three-Dimensional Imaging of Turbulent Flows, Invited

Charles Harb, University of New South Wales, United States, Real Time Cavity Ring-down Infra-red Spectroscopy for Rapid Explosives Detection and Identification , Invited

Joseph Hodges, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States, To be determined, Invited

Naibo Jiang, Spectral Energies, LLC, United States, Nitrogen Molecular-Tagging Velocimetry Techniques Using Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers, Invited

Elias Kristensson, Lunds Universitet, Sweden, Recent Development of Methods Based on Structured Illumination for Combustion Studies , Invited

Anna Michel, WHOI, United States, Laser-Based Sensing in Aqueous Environments, Invited

Lars Nähle, Nanoplus Nanosystems and Tech GmbH, Germany, Interband Cascade Laser Based Sensing, Invited

Fei Qi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Combustion Chemistry Study with Synchrotron VUV Photoionization Mass Spectrometry, Invited

Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States, Combustion Diagnostics and Chemical Sensing with Frequency Comb Lasers , Invited

Miriam Vitiello, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, Photonic Engineering of Quantum Cascade Lasers in the Far Infrared and Application Perspectives , Invited

Johan Zetterberg, Lunds Universitet, Sweden, Laser Diagnostics for the Study of Heterogeneous Catalysis , Invited

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Congress Special Events

Special Events

The Keys to a Successful Career in Optics; Student & Young Professional Career Panel
Date: Monday, 25th July, 2016
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Room: Ballsall

Are you passionate about science but uncertain about the opportunities after graduation? The OSA Foundation invites you to this OSA Members-only career panel for students and young professionals. Hosted by 2016 OSA Ambassadors Aline Dinkelaker and Bettina Heim, the panel will feature plenary speakers Chris Dainty, Keith Nugent and Michel Totzeck who will discuss career options, the current job market and new technologies to look out for that might be exciting to work with in the future with participants. Lunch is complimentary for RSVP’d attendees.
OSA Members can RSVP online. For questions, please contact

Welcome Reception Cruise
Date: Monday, 25th July, 2016
Boarding Time: 18:30

Join your colleagues on a cruise along the Neckar River and enjoy a very special view of Heidelberg and its sights, including the Old Bridge and Heidelberg Castle as the cruise makes it’s way up and down the River.  The main cruise is Heidelberg to Neckargemünd. 

Boarding: 18:30               Departure: 19:00             Return:  21:00 approx.

Fees: Full Technical - $20.00, Student Technical- $10.00 and Guest -$85.00
RSVP at time of registration is required for a ticket.  Ticket purchase is required.

OSA Holography and Diffractive Optics Technical Group Networking Event
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Time:14:00 – 15:00
Room: Robert-Schumann-Zimmer

Join members of the Holography and Diffractive Optics Technical Group for a chance to learn more about this group while connecting with your peers and colleagues in the community. Yunlong Sheng, who serves as the technical group’s chair, and Pascal Picart, who serves as vice chair, will share their vision for the technical group and will seek your input on future activities and events.

OSA 100th Celebration: Light the Future with Joseph Izatt and Bernard Kress
Date: Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Room: Groẞer Saal

Follow us on Twitter at @OpticalSociety, #OSA100LTF

You're invited to celebrate OSA’S 100th Anniversary! OSA will be 100 years old in 2016 and we are planning a big celebration to commemorate this historic event. Our focus is on the extraordinary people who have advanced the field. OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Light The Future speaker series will feature Joseph Izatt, professor of Biophotonics, Duke University, Lighting up the Future of Medical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy and OSA Fellow Bernard Kress, Microsoft, USA, The Light Years Ahead: How Today's Promising Augmented and Virtual Reality Markets Help Shape New Optics Frontiers.  

Light the Future Reception will follow immediately after the session.

Illumicon: Round Table Discussion for Advanced 3D Displays
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Time: 19:30 – 20:30
Room: Zum Guldenen Schaf (Hauptstraße 115, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany)
Join the OSA Display Technology Technical Group for Illumicon, an exclusive members-only event. Illumicon attendees will converge over drinks and appetizers on Wednesday, 27 July, to discuss emerging trends, technologies and opportunities in advanced 3D displays. Round table discussions will also seek input and ideas on how the Display

Technology Technical Group can engage the 3D community in the years ahead. Entrance will be granted to those able to provide the secret Illumicon event password; RSVP to to let us know you will be attending and to receive the event password.