Fundamentals of photosensitivity, glass relaxation and poling
Photon-matter interactions, single and multiphoton processing, radiation effects, laser induced crystallization, ablation regimes, void formation, optically induced plasmas and nanostructures, exciton and exciplex formation, point defects, color centers, phase transitions, phonons, optical-acoustic interactions, transient index changes, Kramers-Kronig analyses, regeneration, hypersensitization, thermal annealing, optical chaos, optical localization, optical and electronic analogies, radiation resistance, measurement methods, special fibers and waveguides, stress, birefringence, dichroism, transparency, Anderson localization, solid-state autocatalysis, linear and nonlinear behavior.

Fabrication and properties of gratings, waveguides and poled devices 
Temperature and strain performance, radiation sensitivity, holographic writing, point-by-point inscription, new writing methods, longitudinal and transverse properties, short pitch, long pitch, and random fiber gratings, volume Bragg gratings, transient properties, material properties, strain and thermo-optic coefficients, non-linear properties, new poling methods, new materials for poling, gratings in glasses, crystals, and polymers, new materials for non-linear applications, crystallized waveguides in glasses, annealing properties, chemical properties, biological affinity, biomedical compatibility, phase front tuning, use of electromagnetic forces.

Industrial standardization and applications of gratings, glass relaxation and poled glass
Harsh environmental applications including radiative environment, biomedical applications, diagnostics, structural health monitoring, intelligent networks, telecommunications devices, waveguide and fiber lasers, sensors, high intensity optical field applications, space applications, nuclear applications, spectral applications, new technologies, switching, routing, instrumentation, interrogation, oil and gas applications, industrial field trials, qualifications, international standards and standardization for different industries and applications, new industry applications, super continuum generation, packaging, reliability.