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21 June 2021

The congress will be held in a hybrid format: in-person and virtual. Speakers have the option to present onsite or online. Individuals participating virtually can present live during their session or submit a pre-recorded video.

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Plenary Speakers

Donna Strickland

University of Waterloo

From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics

The laser increased the intensity of light that can be generated by orders of magnitude
and thus brought about nonlinear optical interactions with matter. Chirped pulse
amplification, also known as CPA, changed the intensity level by a few more orders of
magnitude and helped usher in a new type of laser-matter interaction that is referred to
as high-intensity laser physics. In this talk, I will discuss the differences between
nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics. The development of CPA and why
short, intense laser pulses can cut transparent material will also be included. I will also
discuss future applications.

The laser increased the intensity of light that can be generated by orders of magnitude
and thus brought about nonlinear optical interactions with matter. Chirped pulse

About the Speaker

Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time. They published this Nobel-winning research in 1985 when Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester. Strickland earned a B.Eng. from McMaster University and a PhD in optics from the University of Rochester. Strickland was a research associate at the National Research Council Canada, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a member of technical staff at Princeton University. In 1997, she joined the University of Waterloo, where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations. Strickland served as the president of the Optical Society (OSA) in 2013 and is a fellow of OSA, SPIE, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society. She is an honorary fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Physics and an international member of the US National Academy of Science. Strickland was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse...

Steve Rummel

II-VI Incorporated

Shaping the Future with Photonics and Advanced Materials

From the invention of lasers in 1960, advances in materials and high-energy optical coatings have enabled a continuous stream of performance improvements. This progress has brought lasers to the forefront of metrology and manufacturing, and enabled processing of ever-more advanced materials such as diamond and silicon carbide. This trend continues as photonics takes center stage in the defining technology shifts of our era, from 3D sensing to laser additive manufacturing, EUV systems, and beyond. We will examine the megatrends driving these changes and what the future holds for them.

From the invention of lasers in 1960, advances in materials and high-energy optical coatings have enabled a continuous stream of performance improvements. This progress has brought lasers to the...

About the Speaker

Steve Rummel is the Senior Vice President of the Engineered Materials and Laser Optics Business Unit for II-VI Incorporated. Steve’s business unit drives innovation in laser technology for a wide range of applications, including in advanced manufacturing. As Senior VP, he oversees five divisions representing a broad range of materials and products: IR Optics, M Cubed, Marlow, Pacific Rare Metals, and Aerospace & Defense. Prior to being named Senior VP, he was Vice President of the Engineered Materials and Laser Optics Business Unit (2019), Vice President of the IR Optics Division (2016), and Vice President of Product Technology and Quality (2014). Steve joined II-VI in 1988 in engineering and has more than 32 years of materials and optics experience, collaborating with customer R&D and manufacturing teams to provide optical solutions for challenging laser development and application problems. Steve holds a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a BSEE degree from Grove City College. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, working closely with customers on optical product development and improvements for lasers and laser systems. Steve has authored and presented papers on materials for optical applications in the infrared and near-infrared. His work with advanced materials spans his entire 32-year career with II-VI.
Steve Rummel is the Senior Vice President of the Engineered Materials and Laser Optics Business Unit for II-VI Incorporated. Steve’s business unit drives innovation in laser technology for a wide...