High-Intensity Lasers and High-Field Phenomena (HILAS)

20 March 2016 – 22 March 2016 Hilton Long Beach, Long Beach, California United States

HILAS is a topical meeting highlighting the dramatic recent advances in research on high field optical science and high intensity sources.

The aim of the High-Intensity Sources and High-Field Phenomena (HILAS) meeting is to assemble a multidisciplinary group of participants to present and exchange breakthrough ideas relating to the physics and applications of high field sources, and related developments in high intensity lasers and related technology.
The conference topics include both fundamental experimental and theoretical aspects as well as applications of high field phenomena. The latest research results in terawatt/petawatt lasers, amplification of few-cycle pulses, laser fusion technologies, EUV and X-ray sources based on lasers, plasmas in ultrahigh fields, advances in attosecond science and relativistic nonlinear phenomena are among the topics to be discussed.

  1. High-peak power lasers and high-intensity laser-matter interactions
  2. Recent progress in terawatt to petawatt lasers and the amplification of few cycle pulses
  3. Laser technology for fusion and laser based EUV and X-ray sources
  4. Strong field laser science including interactions with atoms, molecules, clusters, and plasmas
  5. Advances in attosecond science
  6. High harmonic generation, high-field rescattering physics, relativistic nonlinear phenomena, intense pulse propagation
  7. Plasmas in ultrahigh fields, and laser based particle acceleration
  8. Coherent combining and synthesis of short laser pulses
  9. Theoretical advances in high-field physics
Tor Raubenheimer,SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University, USA, The Future of Compact Accelerator Technology for Compact EUV and Ex-ray Sources, Plenary

Gérard Mourou, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, Compression of High Energy Pulses to the Sub-attosecond Regime: Route to Exawatt Laser Subatomic Physics, Plenary
Louis DiMauro, Ohio State UniversityUnited StatesWavelength Scaling of Strong-Field Atomic Physics, Invited

Baptiste Fabre, Université de Bordeaux IProbing Ultrafast Molecular Chirality, Invited

Matthias Fuchs, University of Nebraska LincolnUnited StatesAnomalous Nonlinear X-ray Compton Scattering, Invited

Chandrashekar Joshi, University of California Los AngelesElectron, Ion and X-ray Beams Produced by Wakes and Shocks in High-Power Laser Plasma Interactions , Invited

Jens Limpert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaGermanyCoherent Temporal Pulse-stacking Approaches for Peak-power Scaling of Ultrafast Laser Systems, Invited

Shuji Sakabe, Kyoto UniversityJapanGeneration of Sub-THz Surface Waves on a Metal Wire by Intense Femtosecond Laser Pulses , Invited

Olga Smirnova, Max Born InstituteGermanyNew Effects in Optical Tunneling: From Spin-Polarization to Chiral Discrimination, Invited

Giulio Vampa, University of OttawaCanadaCrystal Band Structure Revealed by High Harmonic Spectroscopy, Invited
General Chairs
Günter Steinmeyer, Max Born Institute, Germany
Amelle Zaïr, Imperial College London, UK

Program Chairs 
Jean-Claude Kieffer, INRS-Energie Materiaux et Telecom, Canada
Tamas Nagy, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Program Committee Members
Cosmin Blaga, Ohio State Univ., USA
Eric Constant, Université de Bordeaux I, France
Christophe Dorrer, Univ. of Rochester, USA
Kyung Taek Kim, Gwangju Inst. of Science & Tech, China
Andrew Kung, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
François Légaré, INRS-Energie Mat & Tele Site Varennes, Canada
Xiaoyan Liang, Shanghai Inst of Optics & Fine Mechanics, China
Rodrigo Lopez-Martens, Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée, France
Johan Mauritsson, Lund Univ., Sweden
Howard Milchberg, Univ. of Maryland at College Park, USA
Robert Moshammer, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kernphysik, Germany
Yasuo Nabekawa, RIKEN, Japan
John Nees, Univ. of Michigan, USA
Pavel Polynkin, Univ. of Arizona, USA
Stefan Skupin, Max-Planck-Institut PKS, Germany
Emma Springate, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab, UK
Donald Umstadter, Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln, USA
Katalin Varjú, Univ. of Szeged, Hungary
Caterina Vozzi, IFN-CNR, Italy
Zhiyi Wei, CAS Institute of Physics, China
Mathew Zepf, Queen's Univ. of Belfast, UK 

Plenary Session
High-Brightness Sources and Light-Driven Interactions Congress will feature two highly regarded plenary speakers during this Congress wide session.

Tor Raubenheimer,SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University, USA
Gérard Mourou,École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

The OSA Centennial Celebration Reception
The Optical Society (OSA) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, marking a century of innovation. Throughout the Centennial, OSA will honor the significance of these advancements and others while also empowering the next generation of optics and photonics leaders.  Come celebrate with us during the Congress reception with appetizers and drinks.  Attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guests.  

Poster Session
Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide a venue for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss current research one-on-one with the presenters.

Tor Raubenheimer, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University, USA

The Future of Compact Accelerator Technology for Compact EUV and Ex-ray Sources
Over the last few years, enormous improvements have been made in the understanding and development of high-brightness compact accelerators.  This talk will consider the state-of-the art and describe concepts and fundamental as well as technical challenges of generating EUV and soft X-rays in compact sources. 

Tor Raubenheimer is a professor at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University.  He is an expert in accelerator physics, design issues in high energy linear accelerators, ion/beam-plasma instabilities in rings and linacs, and effects during bunch length compression.  Since 2011, Prof. Raubenheimer has been leading the accelerator physics design for the LCLS-II, a future high power X-Ray Free Electron Laser based on a 4 GeV Superconducting RF linac.  From 2007 through 2011, Prof. Raubenheimer was Division Director for the SLAC Accelerator Research Division, responsible for a budget from DOE HEP and DOE BES where he helped launch the SLAC FACET Test Facility as well as SLAC LHC Accelerator Research (LARP) and SLAC Muon Accelerator (MAP) R&D efforts.  Between 1997 and 2007, he was the head of Accelerator Physics for the Next Linear Collider project and the head of the International Linear Collider Division at SLAC.  He is also PI of the Echo R&D program, supported by DOE BES.  Prof. Raubenheimer joined the SLAC faculty in 1997 and has been a full professor since 2007.  He has authored over 45 refereed journal articles and 300 conference papers.  He is Chair-Elect of the APS Division of Physics of Beams and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.  He received the American Physical Society's Division of Beams and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.  He received the American Physical Society's Division of Beam Physics Dissertation Award as well as the U.S. Particle Accelerator School Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology.

Gérard Mourou, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

Compression of High Energy Pulses to the Sub-attosecond Regime: Route to Exawatt Laser Subatomic Physics
Laser amplification to extreme peak power offers a new paradigm unifying the atomic and subatomic worlds, to include Nuclear physics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. We will review present and future steps that could culminate to exawatt pulses with sub-attosecond duration making possible TeV/cm accelerators.

Gérard A. Mourou is a Professor, member of the Haut Collège at the Ecole Polytechnique (France), A.D. Moore Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Director of the new center IZEST(International Center for Zeptosecond-Exawatt Science and Technology) at the Ecole Polytechnique.

He is recognized worldwide for his work in ultrafast science and technology, mainly for his co- invention with student Donna Strickland of the laser amplification technique, called Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA). CPA has been the gateway of the attosecond field and high field physics. As such he is often referred as the father of the Ultra High Field Science. CPA enabled him to introduce femtosecond ophthalmology that benefits one million patients per year for cornea and cataract surgeries.

He returned to France in 2005 and proposed the creation of the European Infrastructure ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure). ELI is built on three countries, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. It is dedicated to the production of extremely intense pulses as a novel paradigm to High Energy Particle Physics.

Gérard Mourou is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA). He is also a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Austria and Lombardy. He has received a number of awards including:
  • Recipient of the 2009 Charles H. Townes Award from the Optical Society of America
  • Recipient of the 2007 Grand Prix Carnot from the French National Academy
  • Recipient of the 2005 of the Physics of Quantum Electronics Lamb Medal
  • Recipient of the 2004 Chaire d’ Excellence from the French Ministry of Research
  • Recipient of the 2004 Quantum Electronic Award from IEEE-LEOS
  • Recipient of the 2002 Russel Award from the University of Michigan (Highest Honor from the University)
  • Recipient of the 1999 D. Sarnoff Award from IEEE, for pioneering contributions to high speed, high intensity optoelectronic measurement techniques, including electro-optic sampling and femtosecond high-voltage introducing the concept of Chirped Pulse Amplification for laser systems to boost optical power peaks to switching
  • Recipient of the 1997 H. Edgerton Award from the SPIE, in recognition of many significant contributions, both scientific and technical, to the Field Ultrafast Phenomena, foremost among these is the invention of Chirped Pulse Amplification, now used throughout the world in the Ultrafast Laboratories
  • Recipient of the 1995 R. W. Wood Prize, from the OSA, for contributions to the field of Ultrafast Optics in particular for bringing the peak power to unprecedented levels
  • Chevalier de la Legion d’ Honneur 2012