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22 July 2020

The Evolution of Lasers and Advances in Laser Micromachining are Featured Plenary Topics for the All-Virtual OSA Laser Congress

Plenaries to be presented live and made available later for on-demand viewing

WASHINGTON – The next generation of laser based manufacturing technologies and the history and future of solid state lasers will be the focus of plenary talks by distinguished speakers at the all-virtual, web conference format OSA Laser Congress 13 – 16 October 2020.

Plenary speaker Jan Kleinert, Research Director at Electro-Scientific Industries (ESI), a division of MKS Instruments, Inc., USA, will share latest innovations in laser based manufacturing technologies in his talk titled “From µs to fs, kHz to GHz: laser micromachining in the microelectronics industry.” Understanding the underlying highly nonlinear laser material interaction dynamics is key to keeping pace with faster, better and cheaper technologies.

“A Journey through 60 Years of Solid State Lasers” is the featured topic of the plenary talk by Peter F. Moulton, senior staff, Laser Applications and Applications Group at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA, USA. Solid state lasers have achieved a dominant role in both scientific and industrial applications. Moulton will review 60 years of laser development and future applications.

The OSA Laser Congress plenary program is scheduled for Tuesday, 13 October, 08:00 – 10:00 EDT.

The congress, originally planned as an in-person event, has been transitioned to an all-virtual format to ensure registrants across time zones have access to the high-quality, peer-reviewed technical program. Technical sessions will be presented live from the Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT).

Comprised of two topical meetings, the congress offers a comprehensive view of the latest technological advances in solid state lasers as well as the applications of laser technologies for industrial products and markets.

A new Innovation Challenge for students and early career professionals to be held during the congress, is a unique opportunity for participants to engage with an influential audience to help accelerate their career. Winners will receive a US$ 500 prize and a three-year OSA membership. Each runner-up will receive a US$ 250 prize. Deadline for submissions is 10 September 2020. Learn more here.

Congress organizers are offering a virtual tour of The Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) at the Université Laval, Quebec, Canada. About twenty research teams conduct their activities and dedicate research solely to optics and photonics in this 10,000 m2 building that opened in 2006. More details can be found here.

Conference registration is free and currently open. You must register in advance to receive the web link for the conference. All registrants will receive access to the Technical Digest, the live technical sessions and recorded/archived content.

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