Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
Conference SI103
Laser Technology for Defense and Security XVI
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Abstract Due:
16 October 2019

Author Notification:
20 December 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
1 April 2020

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Conference Chair
Program Committee
  • Colin C. Baker, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
  • Patrick A. Berry, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
  • Scott Christensen, IPG Photonics Corp. (United States)
  • Christopher Ebert, Coherent, Inc. (United States)

Program Committee continued...
  • Lawrence Grimes, Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (United States)
  • Craig A. Robin, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (United States)

Call for
The development of moderate to high average power solid-state (bulk and fiber) lasers or ultra-high pulse power lasers is a demanding engineering feat, involving critical component technologies based on the latest scientific advances. These laser systems have important emerging DOD applications as well as uses in commercial markets. This conference will focus on moderate to high-power solid-state (bulk and fiber) laser component and device technology to address laser source technology applicable to LIDAR, LADAR, remote chemical detection, IRCM, high-power illuminators, trackers, and laser weapons. These laser systems have many similar challenges yet can be quite different depending on the type of laser, the laser architecture, and the requirements and constraints of the application. Development of the laser engine itself, e.g., solid state laser, or a solid-state/gas hybrid, and the components that go into making a high energy laser are critical for any high energy laser system. All high energy lasers must have an efficient thermal management and very good beam quality, which assumes the use of thermally advanced gain media as well as proper designs. In addition, depending on the particular application, there are many other engineering issues such as efficiency, size and weight, power management, beam propagation, pulse width, repetition rate, wavelength, and spectral brightness to consider. This conference will address the current issues facing moderate to high average power and ultra-high pulse power solid state lasers and introduce future projections for component and system technologies. Also addressed will be advances in the area of laser eye and sensor protection.

The topic areas include, but are not limited to:
  • laser performance: modeling and simulation
  • beam propagation and phase aberrations involving issues such as resonator design, adaptive optics for wavefront correction, and mode locking
  • thermal management: novel means to control heat and minimize its impact on the laser power and beam quality while maximizing overall laser efficiency, including cryogenic cooling of gain medium
  • laser scaling to higher energy and power levels and how the laser can be designed to effectively mitigate or take advantage of nonlinear effects, probability of damage to optical elements, and complexity
  • power scaling through incoherent beam combining (e.g. spectral multiplexing) as well as passive or active coherent phasing of multiple laser sources
  • solid state laser designs such as rod, slab, disk, and fiber lasers as well as gain media advances such as ceramics, gradient-doped ceramics, composite gain elements based on bonding of dissimilar materials, new laser materials with advanced thermal and/or spectroscopic properties
  • fiber laser advances in single aperture power or pulsed energy scaling, including fiber lasers operating at eye-safer wavelengths and fiber-based nonlinear generation of UV, visible, and mid-IR wavelengths
  • diode laser advances in output power and efficiency, brightness, spectral brightness, and spectral stability; advances in underdeveloped spectral ranges; efficient diode laser fiber coupling
  • advanced laser designs and devices such as waveguide-based lasers, ultra-short pulse lasers, hybrid gas/diode lasers (DPALs), scalable optically pumped semiconductor lasers, novel laser materials, including new materials for direct mid-IR generation, and critical optical components for advanced laser development.
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