Mid-Infrared Coherent Sources (MICS)

27 October 2013 – 01 November 2013 OSA Virtual Event

The Mid-IR part of the spectra has become a region of increased emphasis in recent years. The mid IR spectral region is rich in spectroscopic finger prints of molecules which are used to identify pollutants, for chemical and medical diagnostics and for process control. The mid IR has also become important in military countermeasure applications. This meeting will present recent research into semiconductor sources (Principally Quantum cascade (QCL) and Interband cascade (ICL)) lasers emitting in the mid IR region as well as in the terahertz region, and will discuss frequency conversion techniques in semiconductors. The use of mid IR and Terahertz sources for remote sensing, spectroscopy, imaging, and Bio-medical applications will be presented.

Research areas involving wavelengths close to and longer than 2 µm to THz range. The topics include, but are not limited to, mid-IR nonlinear and laser materials, mid-IR frequency conversion and laser sources, including OPOs, solid-state, fiber, and semiconductor sources, and applications:
  • Frequency Conversion in Mid-IR Lasers
  • Mid-IR Parametric Sources for Frequency Comb Generation
  • Mid-IR Semiconductor Materials
  • Mid-IR Semiconductor Lasers
  • Mid-IR Solid-state and Fiber Lasers, Ultrashort Pulse Lasers
  • Mid-IR Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers
  • Mid-IR and THz Quantum Cascade Lasers
  • Mid-IR THz Frequency Conversion Sources
  • Applications of Mid-IR and THz Sources in:
    • Remote Sensing and Imaging
    • Spectroscopy, Trace gas detection, Breath analysis
    • Laser Surgery, Biomedicine
    • Optical microscopy, Biophotonics
Andrius Baltuska, Technische Universität Wien, Austria, Few-Cycle Multi-Millijoule Mid-IR Parametric AmplifiersPhase, Invited

Esther Baumann, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States, Coherent Comb-based Spectroscopy in the Mid and Near-infrared, Invited

Mikhail Belkin, University of Texas at Austin, United States, Broadly tunable room-temperature THz QCL sources, Invited

Suddapalli Chaitanya Kumar, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain, High-Power, High-Energy Optical Parametric Sources for the Mid-Infrared, Invited

Andreas Hugi, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Towards an All Solid-state Dual-comb Spectrometer based on Mid-infrared QCL Frequency Comb Sources, Invited

Shibin Jiang, AdValue Photonics, Inc., United States, Ultrashort Pulse 2 Micron Fiber Lasers, Invited

Alfred Leitenstorfer, University of Konstanz, Germany, Synthesis and Coherent Detection of Ultrabroadband Mid-Infrared Transients: From Atomic Field Amplitudes to the Quantum Regime , Invited

Jerry Meyer, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States, Interband Cascade Lasers with External Differential Quantum Efficiency > 50% at Room Temperature, Invited

Marcel Rattunde, Fraunhofer IAF, Germany, High-performance 2.X Micron Semiconductor Disk Lasers, Invited

Martin Schellhorn, Inst Franco-Allemand Recherches St Louis, France, High-pulse energy mid-IR ZGP OPO, Invited

Gerard Wysocki, Princeton University, United States, Mid-IR Molecular Dispersion Spectroscopy with Quantum Cascade Lasers, Invited


Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO -The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Irina Sorokina, Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige Univ , Norway


Benoit Boulanger, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I), France
Arturo Chavez-Pirson, NP Photonics Inc,
Jérôme Faist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Martin Fejer, Stanford University, United States
Frans J. Harren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands
Stuart Jackson, Institute of Photonics and Optical Scien, Australia
Fredrik Laurell, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan, Sweden
Michel Lefebvre, Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aerospatiales,
Sergey Mirov, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
Valentin Petrov, Max Born Institute, Germany
Kathleen Schaffers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States
Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems Inc, United States
Carlo Sirtori, Universite Paris-Diderot Paris VII, France
Frank Tittel, Rice University, United States
Karl Unterrainer, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Joachim Wagner, Fraunhofer IAF, Germany
Plenary Session
Serge Haroche, Ecole Normale Superieure and College de France, France
Gerard Mourou, IZESR, Ecole Polytechnique, France
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Conference Banquet
Charles Hirlimann, European Union Relationship CNRS International Cooperation Office, France, A Strange Instrument: the Fabry‐ Pérot Interferometer
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ASSL Industry Program Keynote Speaker
Eric Mottay, Amplitude Systemes, France, Industrial Ultrafast Lasers
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ASSL Industry Program Panel
These industry experts will discuss opportunities and the wide variety of applications in Medical Device, Aerospace and Automotive. In addition they will provide insight into new laser technology and successful business strategy from large business to small contract manufacturers.

Executive Speaker Series
OSA’s Corporate Associates invite you to a special Interview featuring Philippe Brégi, President and CEO, Egide Group.
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National Photonics Initiative
Gregory J. Quarles, Optoelectronics Management Network, USA
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OIDA Program on Industrial Lasers
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VIP Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students
This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position.

SC290 High-power Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers

Johan Nilsson, Optoelectronics Research Ctr., Univ. of Southampton, UK

Course Level: Advanced Beginner (basic understanding of topic is necessary to follow course material)

Course Description: This course describes the principles and capabilities of high power fiber lasers and amplifiers, with output powers that can exceed a kilowatt. It describes the fundamentals of such devices and discusses current state of the art and research directions of this rapidly advancing field. Fiber technology, pump laser requirements and input coupling will be addressed. Rare-earth-doped fiber devices are the focus of the course, but Raman lasers and amplifiers will be considered, too, if time allows. This includes Yb-doped fibers at 1.0 - 1.1 μm, Er-doped fibers at 1.5 - 1.6 μm, and Tm-doped fibers at around 2 μm. Operating regimes extending from continuous-wave single-frequency to short pulses will be considered. Key equations will be introduced to find limits and identify critical parameters. For example, pump brightness is a critical parameter for some devices in some regimes but not always. Important limitations relate to nonlinear and thermal effects, as well as damage, energy storage and, of course, materials. Methods to mitigate limitations in different operating regimes will be discussed. Fiber, laser and amplifiers designs for different operating regimes will be described.

Intended Audience: This course is intended for scientists and engineers involved or interested in commercial and military high power fiber systems. This includes system designers, laser designers, fiber fabricators, and users. A basic knowledge of fibers and lasers is needed

Benefits and Learning Objectives
After completion of this short course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of high power fiber lasers and amplifiers.
  • List key strengths, relative merits, and specific capabilities of high power fiber lasers and amplifiers.
  • Assess performance limitations and describe the underlying physical reasons in different operating regimes.
  • Design or specify basic fiber properties for specific operating regimes.
  • Describe the possibilities, limitations, and implications of current technology regarding core size and rare earth concentration of doped fibers.
  • Discuss different options for suppressing detrimental nonlinearities.
  • Design basic high power fiber lasers and amplifier systems.
  • List strengths and weaknesses of different pumping schemes.

SC406 Nonlinear Effects in Fibers

Thomas Schreiber, Fraunhofer IOF Jena, Germany

Course description:The extended nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) is the basic equation for the description of optical pulse propagation in fibers that experience various linear and nonlinear effects. The course will first focus on the basic effect and its understanding described by this equation like pulse broadening, spectral broadening (SPM, FWM, optical wave breaking), soliton effects, stimulated Raman scattering, supercontinuum generation, pulse amplification and pulse compression. Additionally, the fundamentals to numerically solve the equations are described. In a second part, the laser rate equations that can be applied to active fiber amplifier systems are discussed. Relevant effects that can be studied with the combination of the rate equation and nonlinear Schrödinger equation are introduces, for example, saturation of fiber amplifiers, broadband amplification, ASE background and noise and pump conditions. Furthermore, inelastic scattering processes of Brillouin and Raman scattering are considered. Finally, system designs, for instance short pulse fiber oscillators, are considered, where different fiber optical elements affect the output.

Intended Audience: This course would be useful to anyone working with fibers and is interested in understanding and predicting laboratory results.
Benefits and Learning Objectives
This course should enable you to:

  • describe  the basics of the nonlinear Schrödinger Equation and laser rate equations
  • compute and discuss the numerical solution to these equations, like the Split-Step Method
  • determine numerical stability issues
  • design fiber optics setups regarding nonlinear effects

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