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High-Intensity Lasers and High-Field Phenomena

26 March 2018 – 28 March 2018 Hilton Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

The High-Intensity Sources and High-Field Phenomena (HILAS) meeting aims to assemble a multidisciplinary community to present and exchange novel ideas and breakthrough achievements relating to the physics and technology of high field sources, and high-intensity laser-matter interaction.

The conference covers both theoretical and experimental aspects of strong-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, high-intensity sources from the THz up to the X-ray spectral range, plasmas in ultrahigh fields, advances in attosecond science and relativistic nonlinear phenomena are among the topics to be discussed.  



  • Terawatt to Petawatt Lasers; Amplification of Few-Cycle Pulses
  • Coherent Combining and Synthesis of Short Laser Pulses
  • Characterization of High-Intensity Beams and Few-Cycle Pulses
  • Laser Technology for Fusion and Laser-Based EUV and X-ray Sources
  • High Harmonic Generation, High-Field Rescattering Physics, Relativistic Nonlinear Phenomena, Intense Pulse Propagation
  • Strong Field Laser Science including Interactions with Atoms, Molecules, Clusters, Solids and Plasmas
  • Intense Laser-Matter Interaction from the THz up to the X-ray Spectral Range
  • Attosecond Science
  • Plasmas in Ultrahigh Fields, and Laser-Based Particle Acceleration
  • Theoretical Advances in High-field Physics



  • Scaling High Intensity Laser Systems from State-of-the-Art to MW Class Enabling Next Generation Light Sources
  • Nirit Dudovich, Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael 
    New Frontiers in High Harmonic Spectroscopy
  • Jerome Faure, LOAFrance 
    Recent Progress on Plasma Accelerators Driven by Near-single Cycle Laser Pulses
  • Almantas Galvanauskas, University of MichiganUnited States 
    Coherent Pulse Stacking Amplification – An Enabling Pathway Towards Fiber Based Multi-TW Peak Power Sources
  • Sebastian Goede, European XFELGermany 
    Relativistic laser-plasma interactions in solid density hydrogen jet targets
  • Christoph Lienau, Carl V. Ossietzky Univ OldenburgGermany 
    Ultrafast Point-Projection Electron Microscopy of Photoelectron Emission from a Single Plasmonic Nanoresonator
  • Chang Hee Nam, Gwangju Inst of Science & TechnologySouth Korea 
    Laser-driven Particle Acceleration Performed with 4PW Laser at CoReLS
  • Fabien Quéré, CEA SaclayFrance 
    Spatio-Temporal Couplings of Ultrashort Lasers: Metrology and Applications
  • Thomas Südmeyer, Universite de NeuchatelSwitzerland 
    High Harmonic Generation (HHG) inside an ultrafast thin disk laser: a new approach for compact megahertz coherent XUV sources
  • Nicolas Tancogne-Dejean, Max-Planck Structural Dynamics CenterGermany 
    Ab Initio Description of High-harmonic Generation in Solids
  • Paraskevas Tzallas, FORTH-IESLGreece 
    Quantum Spectrometer in the XUV Spectral Range: High-order Harmonics Measured by Counting the Photons of the IR Driving Laser Field
  • Katalin Varjú, Szegedi TudomanyegyetemHungary 
    The ELI ALPS Research Infrastructure: Scaling Attosecond Pulse Generation for a Large Scale Infrastructure



  • Jean-Claude Kieffer, INRS-Energie Materiaux et Telecom, Canada , Chair
  • Tamas Nagy, Max Born Institute, Germany , Chair
  • Gunter Steinmeyer, Max Born Institute, Germany , Chair
  • Constantin Haefner, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States , Program Chair
  • Bedrich Rus, ELI Beamlines, Czech Republic , Program Chair
  • Giuseppe Sansone, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany , Program Chair
  • Andreas Assion, FemtoLasers Produktions GmbH, Austria
  • Daniele Brida, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Antonino Di Piazza, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Germany
  • Subhendu Kahaly, Extreme Light Infrastructure, ALPS, Hungary
  • Efim Khazanov, Institute of Applied Physics, Russia
  • Andrew Kung, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Rodrigo Lopez-Martens, Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée, France
  • Yann Mairesse, Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications, France
  • Thomas Metzger, TRUMPF Scientific Lasers GmbH + Co. KG, Germany
  • Jean-Luc Miquel, CEA DAM, France
  • Nina Rohringer, Max Planck Advanced Study Group, Germany
  • Luis Roso, Centro de Laseres Pulsados, Spain
  • Hartmut Ruhl, LMU, Germany
  • Emily Sistrunk, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Emma Springate, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom
  • Eiji Takahashi, RIKEN, Japan
  • John Tisch, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Laszlo Veisz, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, Sweden
  • Caterina Vozzi, IFN-CNR, Italy
  • Zhiyi Wei, Institute of Physics, CAS, China


Plenary Session

Federico Capasso

Harvard University, USA

Quantum Cascade Laser Renaissance

Parametric effects and ultrafast gain dynamics in QCLs lead to single mode instability, multimode operation and to a new regime, the “harmonic” state, which are opening up new frontiers in frequency combs and RF Photonics

About the Speaker

Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after 27 years at Bell Labs where his career advanced from postdoctoral fellow to Vice President for Physical Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) and a foreign member of the Accademia dei Lincei. His awards include the IEEE Edison Medal, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, the King Faisal Prize, the SPIE Gold Medal, the AAAS Rumford Prize, the IEEE Sarnoff Award, the Materials Research Society Medal, the Franklin Institute Wetherill Medal, the European Physical Society Quantum Electronics Prize, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Optical Society Wood Prize, the Berthold Leibinger Future Prize, the Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics, the Institute of Physics Duddell Medal, the Jan Czochralski Award for lifetime achievements in Materials Science, and the Gold Medal of the President of Italy for meritorious achievement in science.

Britt Turkot

Intel Corp, USA

Compact Sources and Chip-Making

In the past year, EUV LPP exposure sources have reached satisfactory power levels, achieving the long-established milestone of 250W. With EUV exposure tools, the source remains the leading cause of system down-time, including both routine scheduled maintenance as well as unplanned corrective actions. The nature of LPP source design leads to contamination, exposure dose errors, and the need for additional power to mitigate such effects. Compact sources offer possible opportunities in support of chip-making, including not only the option to replace the exposure source but also to provide sources for mask metrology (both lens and lens-less) as well as to support materials research and development.

About the Speaker

Britt joined the Photolithography department at Intel’s Portland Technology and Development organization in 1996 after completing her B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Britt has been involved in many aspects of lithography development in PTD, including her current role as program manager of Intel’s EUV lithography program along with development of scanner reticle and frame graphics as well as the integration of new lithography tool platforms into Intel factories.

Andreas Tünnermann

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Germany

Perfomance Scaling of Ultrafast Lasers via Coherent Combination

Coherent combination of ultrashort laser pulses emitted from spatially-separated amplifiers is a promising power-scaling technique for ultrafast laser systems concerning peak power and average power. In this presentation, the status and prospects of coherently combined fiber-CPA systems will be discussed.

About the Speaker

Andreas Tünnermann is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering and Chair for the Insitute of Applied Physics at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. His main research interests include scientific and technical aspects associated with the tailoring of light. Research topics are the design and manufacturing of novel micro- and nano-optical photonic devices using high-end microlithography and its application for generation, amplification, steering and switching of light. In particular, his work on high power diode pumped fiber and waveguide lasers is widely recognized.

He is a member of the German Physical Society, European Physical Society and acatech, as well as a fellow of OSA and SPIE. His research activities on applied quantum electronics have been awarded with the Röntgen-Award, WLT-Award, Otto-Schott-Award, Leibinger Innovation Award and the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Award. Most recently, he received a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant.


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