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Laser Damage to draw researchers, engineers, scientists to 46th annual conference

DEPS ultrashort-pulse workshop will co-locate with SPIE Laser Damage in Boulder

27 August 2014

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado, will once again host SPIE Laser Damage; above the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the Flatiron Mountains.


BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Scientists, researchers, and technologists will converge in Boulder, Colorado, next month for SPIE Laser Damage 2014 symposium. Marking its 46th year, the annual symposium on optical materials for high-power lasers will run 14-17 September. The event is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The premier conference for basic and applied issues which are key for understanding laser damage to optical materials will engage researchers and engineers from numerous industries and laboratories, industry, academia, and national laboratories representing 15 countries from around the world.

Early-bird registration prices for technical attendee are offered through Friday 29 August, after which prices will increase. Conference registration will close on 10 September. Advance registration is required.

Core session topics focus on surfaces, mirrors, and contamination; laser damage to optical films and multilayer coatings; fundamental laser damage mechanisms; and applications and measurements of new technologies. Over 90 papers, both oral and poster presentations, are planned for the three-day meeting, along with a mini-symposium on Applications Related to Laser Damage. A tutorial on the growth and characterization of amorphous thin films for interference coatings will be held on Sunday afternoon.

"The conference and its associated proceedings pave the way for understanding laser damage phenomena in optical materials that has led to marked improvements in optics survivability exposed to high-energy and high-power pulsed or CW irradiation," said conference chair Gregory Exarhos (Pacific Northwest National Lab).

The event offers numerous educational and networking opportunities for attendees, starting with Sunday's tutorial and welcome mixer at the Boulder Marriott. Badges may be picked up at the hotel Sunday as well.

Conference sessions will run Monday through Wednesday, hosted at the NIST Boulder Labs.

Local sponsors Alpine Research Optics will host an open house and reception on Monday, and Arrow Thin Films will host a wine-and-cheese reception at the National Center for Atmospheric Research after Tuesday's technical sessions.

On the final afternoon of the conference, NIST is offering 45-minute tours of their facility which includes the NIST-F1/NIST-F2 Atomic Clocks and Josh Handler's laser welding lab. Space is limited, and open only to SPIE Laser Damage attendees. Registration is required and will be open until 2 pm on Tuesday.

Proceedings are published online in the SPIE Digital Library after the event as manuscripts are approved, with CD publication when all manuscripts are in.

The DEPS (Directed Energy Professional Society) Ultrashort Pulse Workshop will be co-located with SPIE Laser Damage this year. The annual DEPS forum will run 18-19 September at NIST Boulder Labs, and aims to enable an enhanced understanding of the existing state of the art in ultrashort pulse laser science and technology and its potential applications for national security.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided more than $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.


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