Mid-Infrared Coherence Sources (MICS)

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

The Mid-IR spectrum covering wavelengths from ~2 µm up to THz has become a region of increased interest in recent years. The region is rich in spectroscopic fingerprints of molecules, which are used to identify pollutants for chemical, environmental and medical diagnostics, for process control, as well as for safety, security and defense applications. This meeting will be focused on the most recent advances in mid-IR to THz science and technology, including the latest developments in solid-state, fiber, and semiconductor materials, novel laser sources, nonlinear frequency conversion techniques and parametric devices, as well as the application of mid-IR and THz sources in remote sensing, spectroscopy, frequency synthesis, imaging, and biomedicine.

1.  Materials for mid-IR and THz Sources: 
  • Active ion-doped dielectric and semiconductor crystals
  • Semiconductor materials and structures
  • Specialty nonlinear fibers
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nonlinear optical materials and structures for mid-IR
 2.  Mid-IR and THz Coherent Sources: 
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Mid-IR and THz quantum cascade lasers
  • Optically pumped semiconductor lasers
  • Solid-state and fiber lasers
  • Optical parametric sources
  • Ultrashort pulse lasers and frequency combs
  • High-intensity ultrafast sources
  • High-power, high-energy sources
  • Broadband and continuum sources
  • THz generation with ultrashort pulsed lasers and nonlinear optics
3.  Applications of mid-IR and THz sources in:
  • Remote sensing, imaging
  • Spectroscopy, trace gas detection, breath analysis
  • Optical frequency synthesis, comb spectroscopy
  • Laser surgery, biomedicine
  • Materials processing
  • Optical microscopy, biophotonics
  • Nonlinear optics, attosecond 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
Stefano Barbieri, Universite Paris-Diderot Paris VIIFranceDynamics of Ultra-broadband Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers for Comb Operation, Invited

Alexander Gaeta, Columbia UniversityUnited StatesSilicon-based Parametric Frequency Combs for the Mid-IR, Invited

Shekhar Guha, US Air Force Research LaboratoryUnited StatesHigh-average-power Difference-frequency-generation in Mid-IR, Invited

Fritz Keilmann, LASNIXGermanyNear-field Microscopy with MIR Combs, Invited

Tobias Kippenberg, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerlandAdvances in Mid-IR Combs and Applications, Invited

Kevin Lee, IMRA America, Inc.United StatesNarrow Linewidth Midinfrared Frequency Combs from Doubly-Resonant OPOs, Invited

Lute Maleki, OEwaves IncUnited StatesIntegrated Mid-IR Frequency Combs , Invited

Thomas Nicolaisen, FOSSUnited States, Invited

Johan Rothman, CEA GrenobleFranceHgCdTe APDs for Low Photon Number IR Detection, Invited

Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited StatesAll-solid Chalcogenide Holey Fiber for Mid-IR Applications, Invited
General Chairs
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO - Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Irina Sorokina, Norwegian Univ. of Science & Tech., Norway

Program Committee Members
Andrius Baltuska, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Benoit Boulanger, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I), France
Scott Diddams, NIST, USA
Marc Eichhorn, Inst Franco-Allemand Recherches St Louis, France
Jérôme Faist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Amr Helmy, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Shibin Jiang, AdValue Photonics, Inc., USA
Giuseppe Leo, Universite Paris-Diderot Paris VII, France
Hiroaki Minamide, RIKEN, Japan
Sergey Mirov, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Richard Moncorge, Universite de Caen, France
Valdas Pasiskevicius, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Valentin Petrov, Max Born Institute, Germany
Marcel Rattunde, Fraunhofer IAF, Germany
Manijeh Razeghi, Northwestern Univ., USA
Gunnar Rustad, Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt, Norway
Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems Inc, USA
Peter Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark 

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