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Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference

29 September 2019 – 03 October 2019 Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria

It covers the spectrum of solid-state lasers from materials research to applied science and design innovations. This international meeting is highly selective in reviewing paper submissions for oral presentation and uses a single-track format to ensure all attendees have the opportunity to listen to all talks.



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 include lasers as well as pump and nonlinear devices. 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
  • Microchip, 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



  • Jennifer Hastie, University of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom
    Ultra-narrow Linewidth Semiconductor Disk Lasers for Cold Atom Quantum Technology
  • Junji Hirohashi, Oxide CorporationJapan
    PP-LBGO, its material/device fabrication and properties as a QPM device
  • Peter Moulton, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln LabUnited States
    Laser and nonlinear materials for intense ultrafast lasers
  • Vladimir Pervak, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität MunchenGermany
    Octave spanning dispersive mirror in NIR and MIR
  • Angela Seddon, University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
    Window of opportunity: exploiting the mid-infrared with chalcogenide glass fibreoptics
  • Pavel Sidorenko, Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Nonlinear pulse evolution: beyond the gain-narrowing limit
  • Joseph Talghader, University of Minnesota Twin CitiesUnited States
    The failure of high power optics due to dirt and airborne particles
  • Dingyuan Tang, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
    Fabrication of high efficiency sesquioxide-based laser ceramics
  • Henrik Tuennermann, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.Japan
    AI Controlled Coherent Beam Combining



Gregory Goodno, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, USAChair

Alphan Sennaroglu, Koc University, TurkeyChair

Irina Sorokina, Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige University, NorwayChair

Materials Committee

Sergey B. Mirov, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, Program Chair

Stefano Taccheo, Swansea University, UK, Program Chair

John Ballato, Clemson University, USA

Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA

Lynda E. Busse, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Patrice Camy, CIMAP-ENSICAEN, France

Carlota Canalias, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan, Sweden

Alicia Durán, Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio (CSIC), Spain

Akio Ikesue, World Lab Co. Ltd, Japan

Michal Koselja, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, Czech Republic

Carmen Menoni, Colorado State University, USA

Katrin Paschke, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH), Germany

Manijeh Razeghi, Northwestern University, USA

Peter G. Schuneman, BAE Systems PLC, USA

Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Takunori Taira, RIKEN / IMS, Japan

Haohai Yu, Shandong University, China

Long Zhang, Shanghai Inst of Optics and Fine Mech, China

Sources Committee

Johan Nilsson, University of Southampton, UK, Program Chair

Alan Petersen, Spectra-Physics, USA, Program Chair

Esther Baumann, NIST, Boulder, USA

Mark Bowers, Lockheed Martin Laser and Sensor Systems, USA

Yung-Fu Chen, Nat. Chiao Tung Univ., Taiwan

Yushi Kaneda, Univ. of Arizona, USA

Christelle Kieleck, Fraunhofer  IOSB, Germany

Yutaka Nomura, Inst. For Molecular Science, Japan

Fabian Rotermund, KAIST, Korea

Clara Saraceno, Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany

Balaji Srinivasan, IIT Madras, India

V.R. Supradeepa, CeNSE, Indian Inst. of Science, India

Niklaus Wetter, Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ruifen Wu, DSO National Laboratory, Singapore

Su Hui Yang, Bejing Inst. of Technology, China

Xia Yu, National University, Singapore, Singapore

Yoann Zaouter, Amplitude, Laser France


Plenary Session

Klaus Loeffler

TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co KG

Industrial Laser Applications: Still a multi niche solution or ready for the big breakthrough?

Industrial laser applications have enabled many successful products. New features on products have resulted in a quick hype for lasers. These installations have not been a sustainable business for the laser manufacturers. Will newly developed laser applications change this picture?

About the Speaker

Since 2015: TRUMPF Business Field Laser Technology/Electronics, Managing Director with responsibility for sales and services.
2006 - 2014: TRUMPF Laser und Systemtechnik GmbH, Head of International Sales
2002 - 2006: Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Brand, Head of Joining Research with responsibility for development and implementation of new and existing joining processes.
1995 - 2002: TRUMPF Inc. Laser Technology Center USA, Director. Started the TRUMPF Laser Technology Center North America, located in Detroit.
1991 - 1995: TRUMPF Lasertechnik GmbH, CO2-Laser Development Engineer

University Degree
1985 - 1991: University of Stuttgart, Machine Tool Engineer
2013: President, Laser Institute of America
Since 2012: Fellow, Laser Institute of America

Gérard Mourou

Ecole Polytechnique

Passion for Extreme Light

The stunning capabilities of extreme light produced by Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) laser will be presented as well as the vast application it offers for science and society.

About the Speaker

Gérard Mourou is Professor Haut-Collège at the École Polytechnique. He is also the A.D. Moore Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of the University of Michigan. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Grenoble (1967) and his PhD from University Paris VI in 1973. He has made numerous contributions to the field of ultrafast lasers, high-speed electronics and medicine. But his most important invention, demonstrated with his student Donna Strickland while at the University of Rochester is the laser amplification technique known as Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA). CPA revolutionized the field of optics, opening new branches like attosecond pulse generation, nonlinear QED and compact particle accelerators. It extended the field of optics to nuclear and particle physics. In 2005, Mourou proposed a new infrastructure, the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), which is distributed over three pillars located in the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. He also pioneered the field of femtosecond ophthalmology that relies on a CPA femtosecond laser for precise myopia corrections and corneal transplants. Over a million such procedures are now performed annually. Mourou is member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a foreign member of the Russian Science Academy, the Austrian Sciences Academy and the Lombardy Academy for Sciences and Letters. He is Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics  with his former student Donna Strickland.

Clara Saraceno

Ruhr Universität Bochum

Trends, challenges and applications of high-average power ultrafast thin-disk lasers

This talk will review latest progress in ultrafast disk laser systems, next steps and challenges towards further scaling, as well as ongoing and new application areas open by their unique performance.

About the Speaker

Clara Saraceno received her Diploma in Engineering and an MSc at the Institut d'Optique Graduate School, Paris, in 2007. She completed a PhD in Physics at ETH Zürich in 2012, for which she received among others the EPS-QEOD thesis prize in applied aspects in 2013. From 2013-2014, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Neuchatel and ETH Zürich, followed by a postdoc position from 2015 - 2016 at ETH Zürich. In 2016, she received a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and became Associate Professor of Photonics and Ultrafast Laser Science at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. In 2018 she received an ERC Starting Grant. The current main research topics of her group include high-power ultrafast lasers and Terahertz science and technology.


Special Events

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 29 September, 17:30 – 19:00, Vienna City Hall

Join fellow Laser Congress attendees at the Opening Reception in the Vienna City Hall, the stunning centrepiece on Rathausplatz that is visually one of the most magnificent pieces of architecture in this beautiful city. City Hall was erected between 1872 and 1883 and was built in gothical style. The Reception will be held in the Flag Hall which features wall-hangings representing the coats-of-arms of all nine federal provinces and the Republic of Austria. The Flag Hall impresses visitors with ornate coffered ceilings and inlay work, massive lead-crystal chandeliers and silk damask tapestries. Learn more about the Flag Hall.

Free to technical attendees, $75.00 US for all others who wish to attend. For directions to the City Hall, click here.

Hosted by: Stadt Wien 

Recent Trends in Laser Technology and its Applications in Manufacturing Technical Group Panel Discussion

Monday, 30 September, 12:30 - 14:00, Room 0.11-0.12

Join the OSA Lasers in Manufacturing Technical Group for a guided networking session during lunch to bring together international scientists in research and industry to discuss the latest emerging trends in the lasers in manufacturing field. In additional to learning more about the technical group, you will have an opportunity to hear from our featured speakers and have discussions with your fellow attendees on interesting topics such as macro processing, micro processing, additive manufacturing, and future job opportunities in the field.

Hosted by: Lasers in Manufacturing Technical Group

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 1 October, 11:30 - 12:30, Room 0.11-0.12

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers. Key industry and academic leaders in the community will be matched for each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested government/public service, to those looking to translate their benchwork skills to product development – are encouraged to apply.  Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor, while mentors will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

This Workshop is complimentary for OSA Members and space is limited. Not all who apply will be able to attend due to space limitations and priority will be given to those who have most recently or are close to graduation.

Hosted by: OSA Foundation

Extreme Laser Sources & Applications

Roundtable, Wednesday, 2 October, 16:00 – 18:00,

A panel of world renowned experts will present a series of short talks providing an overview of current technology, future directions, and applications of extreme high intensity lasers.  The presentations will be followed by an open discussion with audience participation.

Confirmed speakers: Gérard Mourou, Peter Moulton, Andrius Baltuska, Jon Zuegel

Moderator: Irina Sorokina 

Congress Banquet

Wednesday, 2 October, 19:00 – 21:00, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Plan on spending an elegant evening with colleagues and friends at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Museum was erected in 1871–1891 and was commissioned by the emperor in order to find a suitable shelter for the Habsburgs' formidable art collection and to make it accessible to the general public. With its ornate façade, it is one of the most distinguished and impressive museum buildings of the 19th century.

The interior of the building is beautiful, with its soaring rotunda, dramatic patterned floors and marble halls decorated with frescoes and gold leaf. The magnificent main staircase is one of the highlights of Viennese 19th-century architecture. It is also a treasure trove of art history — from a vast coin collection and unforgettable pieces of ancient Egyptian and Greek art, to rooms dedicated to great European masters featuring 16th- and 17th-century works by German, Dutch, Flemish, and Italian greats. Learn more about the Kunsthistorisches Museum.  

$10.00 fee for registered technical attendees, $95.00 US for all others who wish to attend.

Sponsored by: IPG Photonics 

Directed Energy Professional Society Special HEL Defense Applications Session

Thursday, 3 October, 08:00 - 16:30, Room 1.61-1.62

The Directed Energy Professional Society will host a special session that will explore defense applications using High Energy Laser solutions to counter emerging threats to military operations, both domestically and abroad. The session will include international presentations that address their respective mission needs, as well as the state-of the-science that underlies High Energy Laser applications, from the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office. The session is open to Laser Congress attendees from USA, NATO allies, EOP partners, Japan, South Korea, and Switzerland.

The Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) was founded in 1999 to foster the research, development and transition of Directed Energy (DE) technology for national defense and civil applications through professional communication and education. DEPS intends to be recognized as the premier organization for exchanging information and advocating research, development and application of Directed Energy, which includes both high energy lasers (HEL) and high power microwaves (HPM). DEPS is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in New Mexico, organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes.


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