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SPIE Laser Damage 2014 news


Back in Boulder, once again

SPIE Laser Damage 2014

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 media@spie.org.

As in past years, conference sessions were held at the NIST Boulder Labs.


Sunday tutorial

SPIE Laser Damage tutorial

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).



SPIE Laser Damage welcome reception

A welcome mixer gave attendees a chance to network as the conference began.


Opening with a tribute

SPIE Laser Damage Aleksander Manenkov 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

SPIE Laser Damage best poster winner

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.

SPIE Laser Damage best oral presentation winner

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

Calum Torrie plenary at SPIE Laser Damage

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.

SPIE Laser Damage poster session

SPIE Laser Damage poster session

SPIE Laser Damage poster session

SPIE Laser Damage poster session

SPIE Laser Damage poster session


Local hospitality

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. 


Eugene Arthurs, Rick Hoffman

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. 

SPIE Laser Damage reception

SPIE Laser Damage reception

Eugene Arthurs, MJ Soileau, SPIE Laser Damage reception

SPIE Laser Damage reception

SPIE Laser Damage reception

SPIE Laser Damage reception

SPIE Laser Damage reception

SPIE Laser Damage reception


Those mountains!

Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Colorado

The foothills of the Rocky Mountains rise high above Boulder, which itself sits more than a mile above sea level.


SPIE Laser Damage

14-17 September 2014
Boulder, Colorado, USA

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