A crowd of happy attendees at SPIE Laser Damage

Present and discuss the latest research


The 53rd Annual Laser Damage Symposium also known as Symposium on Optical Materials for High Power Lasers will be held 12-15 October 2021 online. This meeting continues to be the leading forum for the exchange of information on the physics and technology of materials for high-power and high-energy lasers.

The series of conference proceedings has grown over the history of the conference to be a comprehensive source of information on optics for lasers and includes topics on laser-induced damage mechanisms, materials and thin film preparation, durability, properties modeling, testing, and component fabrication.

Since 2012, selected papers presented at this Symposium are published in special sections of Optical Engineering (OE) – one of the major journals published by SPIE. For reference, the latest Laser Damage Special Section was published in the March 2021 issue of OE Journal on the SPIE Digital Library.

This symposium will feature 10 Core Topic Sessions with focuses on Materials and Measurements, Thin Films, Fundamental Mechanisms, and Surfaces, Mirrors and Contamination, a Mini-Symposium on mid-infrared lasers and laser materials, and Thin-Film Laser-Damage Competition. As usual, it will include both poster and oral presentations with no parallel sessions. Distinguished international researchers in the field of optics for high-power/high-energy lasers will present invited talks on the four core topical sections and the Mini-Symposium. Late submissions will be considered by the Chairs, refer to the website for details.

We welcome your participation at this meeting to share the latest R&D and for the exchange of ideas with fellow colleagues. 

2021 SPIE Laser Damage Chairs


Christopher Wren Carr

Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Vitaly E. Gruzdev

Univ. of New Mexico (USA)

Detlev Ristau

Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)

Carmen S. Menoni

Colorado State Univ.(United States)

SPIE Laser Damage Chair Emeritus


MJ Soileau

Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

International Program Committee


Detlev Ristau (Committee Chair), Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Jonathan W. Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Enam A. Chowdhury, The Ohio State Univ.
Eyal Feigenbaum, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Ella Field, Sandia National Lab.
Lars Jensen, Trumpf LSM GmbH (Germany)
Takahisa Jitsuno, Osaka Univ.
Laurent Lamaignère, CEA-Cesta
Klaus Mann, Laser-Lab. Göttingen e.V.
Andrius Melninkaitis, Vilnius Univ.
Jean-Yves Natoli, Institut Fresnel
Raluca A. Negres, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Semyon Papernov, Lab. for Laser Energetics
Jonathan Phillips, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab.
Wolfgang Rudolph, The Univ. of New Mexico
Christopher J. Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Meiping Zhu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Science

Local Organizing Committee


Stavros G. Demos, Lab. for Laser Energetics
Jean Steve, Univ. of Rochester

Founding Organizers


Arthur Guenther
Alexander Glass

Conference Sponsors


Laser Components, GbmH
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Optimax Systems, Inc.
Plymouth Grating Lab
Spica Technologies
Ultrafast Innovations
Univ. of Rochester

Cooperating Organizations


CREOL & FPCE, College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida
Colorado State Univ.
Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.
The Univ. of New Mexico