SPIE Laser Damage, the 44th annual symposium on Optical Materials for High-Power Lasers, will have a mini symposium this year on laser-induced plasma interactions, a roundtable discussion on surface vs. bulk-damage mechanisms to kick off the week’s activities, and a laser damage competition.
The event, the leading forum for the exchange of information on the physics and technology of materials for high-power/high-energy lasers, takes place 23-26 September at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO.
Invited presentations include:
• Defects in oxide thin films, SPIE member Carmen Menoni (USA)
• Mirrors for ultrashort pulses, SPIE member Vladimir Pervak (Germany)
• Mechanisms of ultrafast laser-induced ionization and damage in dielectrics, Stéphane Guizard (France)
• Coatings of oxide composites, Lars Jensen (Germany)
This year’s laser damage competition will help determine the current laser damage resistance of Brewster angle thin-film plate polarizing beam splitters. Results from participants will be shared with attendees.
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