Laser Congress and Exhibition

Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference   l   Laser Applications Conference

Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference (ASSL)

Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference (ASSL) highlights new sources, advanced technologies, components and system design to extend the operation and application of solid-state lasers.


Materials are the basis for the technology covered by ASSL, and the meeting encompasses advances in optics, materials science, condensed matter physics and chemistry relevant to the development, characterization and applications of new materials and components for lasers and photonics. These include crystals, glasses and ceramics, as well as functionalized composite materials, from fibers and waveguides to engineered structures with pre-assigned optical properties. Materials used for fabrication of basic laser components are also a core part of the conference.

  • Laser crystals and glasses
  • Transparent ceramics and glass ceramics
  • Advances in crystal growth and fabrication of glasses and ceramics
  • Crystal and glass fibers, active and passive fibers
  • Nonlinear materials and frequency conversion processes
  • Saturable absorbers
  • Novel approaches and materials for lasers — topological photonics, plasmonics, 2D materials for lasers
  • Waveguides and laser patterning
  • Semiconductors for lasers, LEDs and detectors
  • Materials for lighting and laser displays
  • Modeling and characterization methods of materials, components, laser and nonlinear properties
  • Advances in mirrors, gratings and other selective components
  • Advanced coating technologies including surface micro-structuring
  • Laser materials and components with high damage threshold


Coherent and high brightness radiation sources, including lasers as well as pumps and nonlinear devices, are at the core of ASSL. Emphasis is on advances in science and technology for improved power, efficiency, brightness, stability, wavelength coverage, pulse width, cost, environmental impact, or other application-specific attributes. 

  • Bulk solid-state lasers based on crystals, ceramics, and glasses
  • Fiber and waveguide lasers
  • Optical sources based on nonlinear frequency conversion
  • High power CW and pulsed lasers in the UV, visible, and IR
  • Laser-driven THz, IR, visible, UV, XUV and X-ray sources
  • Laser beam combining and power scaling architectures
  • Short-pulse lasers
  • Frequency combs and frequency-stable lasers
  • Compact and monolithic lasers
  • Tunable and new wavelength lasers
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Lasing in disordered crystals and random media
  • Spatial mode control in solid state lasers
  • Application specific solid state laser architectures

Laser Applications Conference (LAC)

Laser Applications Conference (LAC) is an all-invited speaker format for industry in laser applications. This meeting focuses on two main topic areas — materials processing and applications for high power lasers. At LAC, you’ll be immersed in an innovative learning environment that introduces new, groundbreaking information, offers insightful knowledge, showcases cutting-edge products and engages your active participation in important debates and discussions.

Materials Processing

  • Surface Modification & Micromachining
  • Brittle Materials Processing
  • Lasers for Space Applications
  • Lasers for Mobility
  • Laser-based Additive Manufacturing
  • Sub µ Material Processing

Applications for High Power Lasers

  • EUV, X-Ray Generation & Particle Acceleration
  • Defense/Directed Energy
  • Laser Induced Damage Test
  • Laser Shock Peening & Forming
  • THz Generation & Applications

Application of Lasers for Sensing & Free Space Communication (LS&C)

This conference presents the latest developments in laser-based sensing and free space laser communication. Sophisticated laser systems are increasingly being used in a wide variety of applications.  Applications of interest here include remote imaging and object characterization, sensing for autonomous vehicles, probing of the atmosphere, and high bandwidth free space optical (FSO) communications. These applications spread across a variety of basing platforms, including ground, air, water, and space.  They also encompass a range of laser system implementations. Direct detection measurements can produce 3D point clouds and can incorporate sophisticated detector technologies such as Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes. They can also enable novel sensing modes such as laser-based non-line-of-sight imaging and ghost imaging.  Coherent detection systems can make time varying phase measurements for use in vibration detection and also provide estimates of the wave field that can be used in synthetic aperture imaging.  Both direct and coherent detection techniques are also applicable to free space optical communications.  However, system requirements continue to demand increased performance from the various components used to implement these systems. Advances in waveform-agile laser and detector schemes, beam steering, mitigation of atmospheric effects, and development of image and signal processing for information extraction are all significant challenges.  This meeting reports on the multiple applications of lasers in sensing and FSO communications, the sophisticated systems that operate in these applications and the enabling components and processing techniques.    

1.      Component technologies for sensing and communications

  • Lasers
  • Receivers
  • Wavefront control

2.      Remote sensing

  • Non-imaging
  1.   Vibrometry (Doppler, micro-Doppler)
  2.   Atmospheric sensing (wind, aerosols and other chemical/biological sensing)
  • Imaging
  1.   Hardware (LiDAR, Time of Flight and Single Photon cameras)
  2.   Processing and exploitation of 3D data
  • Applications
  1.   Mapping
  2.   LiDAR for autonomous applications

3.      Sensing for HEL applications

4.      Laser communications

  • Space
  • Atmospheric
  • Underwater

5.      Quantum protocols for sensing & communication