Back in Boulder, once again
Three days packed with 90 papers made for a full conference schedule for attendees who gathered in Boulder for the 46th annual symposium on Optical Materials for High Power Lasers; above, the group poses for a photo during a reception at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a National Science Foundation facility. For a high-resolution copy of this photo email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As in past years, conference sessions were held at the NIST Boulder Labs.
The week's events began with a well-attended tutorial Sunday evening in the Boulder Marriott, on "Fundamentals of Growth and Characterization of Amorphous Thin Films for Interference Coatings." Providing a basic overview, the tutorial attracted a lot of interest and dialogue, especially for new attendees. The tutorial was chaired by Carmen Menoni (Colorado State University) and Wolfgang Rudolph (University of New Mexico).
A welcome mixer gave attendees a chance to network as the conference began.
Opening with a tribute
Technical sessions began Monday morning at the NIST Boulder Labs with a welcome and briefing on the 46-year history of the event, and a short memorial tribute to Aleksander Manenkov led by Vitaly Gruzdev (University of Missouri-Columbia), above. Manenkov had been a researcher at the A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute in Moscow since 1983 before his death last March.
Gruzdev serves as Conference Chair along with Joseph Menapace of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Gregory Exarhos of Pacific Northwest National Lab, Detlev Ristau of Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., and MJ Soileau of the University of Central Florida.
Congratulations to the winners
The 2013 Best Oral Presentation prize was awarded for "Application of time-resolved digital holographic microscopy to study femtosecond damage process in thin films" (8885-45) by Nerijus Siaulys and Andrius Melninkaitis of Vilnius University, and Laurent Gallais-During of Institut Fresnel. Melninkaitis (above left) accepts the prize from Conference Chair Joseph Menapace.
The 2013 Best Poster Presentation prize was awarded for "Optical contamination control in the advanced LIGO ultra-high vacuum system" (8885-88) by Margot Phelps, Kaitlin Gushwa, and Calum Torrie (above right, with Menapace) of the California Institute of Technology.
Setting the stage
The first plenary speaker, Calum Torrie, from California Institute of Technology, set the stage for a busy three days with a dynamic presentation on “Contamination of optical components installed in advanced LIGO from particulate contamination.” An overview and slides of Torrie's presentation are posted at https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-G1400396/public.
Plenty of posters
Poster sessions on Monday and Tuesday continued the conversation about new technologies and research.
Local sponsors Alpine Research Optics (ARO) hosted an open house and reception on Monday at their facility in Boulder, and IDEX Optics and Photonics sponsored the daily refreshment breaks.
ARO's quality manager Rick Hoffman (right) shows SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs the company's "continuous polisher."
Arrow Thin Films was the exclusive food and drink sponsor for the wine-and-cheese tasting reception at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) after Tuesday's technical sessions.
The foothills of the Rocky Mountains rise high above Boulder, which itself sits more than a mile above sea level.