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Summer School "Frontiers of Solid State Light Sources" - Aug 21 - Aug. 22, 2016


The conference includes a two-day Summer School to be held from Sunday, August 21st (afternoon) to Monday, August 22nd (afternoon), 2016. PhD Students and Postdocs who have paid the conference fee are especially invited to attend the Summer School. They will receive free entrance to the Summer School. The same rule will be applied for the full paying conference participants. The lecture program will be presented by lecturers who are internationally renowned in their research subjects. It will give students a chance to get introduced into various laser related subjects, covering the basics up to the latest research results.


Please send an email to if you want to attend the summer school courses (at the latest Tuesday August 16th), precising your choice:
SCL-1: Giulio Cerullo: Micro/nanostructuring with ultrashort laser pulses (Sunday 13:45 - 15:45)
SCL-2: See Leang Chin: Femtosecond laser filamentation and some applications (Sunday 16:15 - 18:15)
SCL-3: Ursula Keller: Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) (Monday 08:00 - 10:00)
SCL-4: Almantas Galvanauskas: High Brightness Fiber Laser Technologies (Monday 10:30 - 12:30)
SCL-5: Paul B. Corkum: From Femtoseconds to Attoseconds (Monday 13:45 - 15:45)
SCL-6: Christopher Barty: Megajoule-class Lasers for Fusion and Beyond (Monday 16:15 - 18:15)


Summer School Speakers

SCL-1: Sunday, 21 August 2016 - 13:45 - 15:45

CerulloGiulio Cerullo
Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Fisica, Milano, Italy

Topic: Micro/nanostructuring with ultrashort laser pulses
Due to their unique nonlinear light matter interaction regime, femtosecond lasers have recently emerged as a powerful micro/nanostructuring tool for transparent dielectrics. On the one hand, they enable to induce a permanent refractive index increase in a (sub-) micrometer-sized volume in the bulk of the material, allowing single-step, mask-free writing of optical waveguides and photonic circuits. On the other hand, glass irradiation followed by selective chemical etching enables the manufacturing of directly buried microfluidic channels. Finally, two photon polymerization of photosensitized resists results in cross linking of the monomers/oligomers and true three dimensional nanofabrication with subdiffraction limited lateral and axial resolution. This lecture will review the physical foundations of laser microstructuring techniques and present examples of their applications to manipulation and sensing of biomolecules as well as stem cell growth.

SCL-2: Sunday, 21 August 2016 - 16:15 - 18:15

ChinSee Leang Chin,
Center for Optics, Photonics and Laser (COPL)
Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

Topic: Femtosecond laser filamentation and some applications
After a quick historical review of the impact of laser technology on high laser field physics, the physics of femtosecond laser filamentation will be discussed in detail. Intensity clamping leads to the so-called filamentation nonlinear optics inside the filament zone where homogeneous high field interactions are possible. A few examples of application will be given, such as high field chemical reaction, remote sensing and lasing in air. The talk will end with the observation of filament induced snow/rain inside a cloud chamber

SCL-3: Monday, 22 August 2016 - 08:00 - 10:00

KellerUrsula Keller
Department of Physics, Institute for Quantum Electronics
ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Topic: Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAMs)
Ultrafast lasers have become the key enabling technology for many new applications. This tutorial reviews the design and characterization of SESAMs, SESAM-modelocked diode-pumped solid-state and semiconductor thin disk lasers, frequency comb generation and noise characterization.

SCL-4: Monday, 22 August 2016 - 10:30 - 12:30

GalvanauskasAlmantas Galvanauskas
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Topic: High Brightness Fiber Laser Technologies
This tutorial will survey scientific and technological foundations, state of the art, and emerging new applications of high peak power and high energy pulsed fiber lasers, with a strong emphasis on ultrashort pulse systems. Due to their suitability for high average power and high wall plug efficiency fiber lasers are very attractive as pulsed sources for multitude of applications, but limitations inherent in fiber geometry make it very challenging to achieve high short-pulse energies. It will be discussed how numerous innovations ranging from large core fiber design, to novel system architectures, such as coherent spatial-domain and time-domain combining, are pushing this technology towards significantly higher energies, and entirely new applications.

SCL-5: Monday, 22 August 2016 - 13:45 - 15:45

CorkumPaul B. Corkum
Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Topic: From Femtoseconds to Attoseconds
The tutorial will cover short pulse generation and characterization in both the femtosecond and attosecond domain. Similarities and differences will be emphasized as well as the unique experiments opened by attosecond science.

SCL-6: Monday, 22 August 2016 - 16:15 - 18:15


Christopher Barty
Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, USA


Topic: Megajoule-class Lasers for Fusion and Beyond
This tutorial will review megajoule-class laser technology, the pursuit of inertial confinement fusion and the implications and extensions of these technologies for clean energy and extreme field science. 


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