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Application of Lasers for Sensing & Free Space Communication

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

This conference presents the latest developments in laser-based sensing and free space laser communication. Sophisticated laser systems are increasingly being used in a wide variety of applications including remote imaging and object characterization, sensing for autonomous vehicles, probing of the atmosphere, and high bandwidth free space optical (FSO) communications. These applications spread across a variety of basing platforms, including ground, air, water, and space platforms.  They also encompass a range of laser system implementations. Direct detection measurements can produce 3D point clouds and can incorporate sophisticated detector technologies such as Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes. Coherent detection systems can make time varying phase measurement and also provide estimates of the wave field that can be used in synthetic aperture imaging.  Both types of systems can find application in probing of the earth and atmosphere as well as in free space optical communications.  However, system requirements continue to demand increased performance from the system itself as well as the various components used to implement these systems. Advances in beam steering, waveform-agile laser and detector schemes, mitigation of atmospheric effects, and development of image and signal processing for information extraction are all significant challenges.  This meeting reports on the multiple applications of lasers in sensing and FSO communications, the sophisticated systems that operate in these applications and the enabling components and processing techniques.  


1. Component technologies for sensing and communications

   1.1 Lasers

   1.2 Receivers

   1.3 Wavefront control

2. Remote sensing

    2.1 Non-imaging

        - Vibrometry (Doppler, micro-Doppler)

        - Atmospheric sensing (wind, aerosols and other chemical/biological sensing)

     2.2  Imaging

         - Hardware (LiDAR, Time of Flight and Single Photon cameras)
         - Processing and exploitation of 3D data

     2.3 Applications

        - Mapping
         - LiDAR for autonomous applications

3. Sensing for HEL applications

4. Laser communications

     4.1 Space

     4.2 Atmospheric

     4.3 Underwater

5. Quantum protocols for sensing & communication



  • Firooz Aflatouni, University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
    On-chip Laser Phase and Frequency Control
  • David Allioux, CAILabs SASFrance
    How to mitigate turbulence without adaptive optics
  • Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUnited States
    NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications – an Update
  • Robert Byer, Stanford UniversityUnited States
    Coherent Laser Radar: from Wind to Gravitational Waves
  • Kerri Cahoy, Massachusetts Insitute of TechnologyUnited States
    Applications of CubeSat Laser Communication Systems to Atmospheric Sensing and Astrophysics
  • Jean-Pierre CARIOU, LEOSPHEREFrance
    Performances and Applications of Coherent Pulsed Fiber Lidars in Atmospheric Sensing
  • Romain Ceolato, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech Aerospatiales
    Recent achievements in aerosol profiling with LiDAR
  • Stephen Crouch, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Inc.United States
    Coherent Lidar’s Growth via Autonomous Driving
  • Matthew Dierking, US AFRL Brooks AFBUnited States
    Techniques for Simultaneous Quadrature Image Detection for Imaging SAL and Vibrometry
  • Daniele Faccio, University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
    Single photon and single pixel technology for computational LIDAR
  • Philip Gatt, Lockheed Martin Coherent TechnologiesUnited States
    Applications of Digital Holographic Laser Remote Sensing at Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies
  • Ohad Harlev, LyteLoopUnited States
    Building Hyperscale DataCenters in Space Using Lasercom
  • Qiaoyun Hu, Universite de Lille 1France
    The Application of LiDAR in Atmospheric Research
  • Christelle Kieleck, Fraunhofer IOSBGermany
    Atmospheric propagation and correction of laser beams for communication and sensing applications
  • Piotr Kondratko, Lockheed Martin Coherent TechnologiesUnited States
    Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) Single Photon Receiver Technology
  • Martin Laurenzis, French-German Resrch. Inst. of St.-LouisFrance
    Non-line-of-sight sensing with time correlated single photon counting and ordinary cameras
  • Lute Maleki, General Motors CorporationUnited States
    Advances in LiDAR: The Autonomous Vehicle Perspective
  • Paul McManamon, Exciting Technology LLCUnited States
    Beam steering for LiDAR used in Autonomous Applications.
  • Aurelie Montmerle Bonnefois, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech AerospatialesFrance
    Adaptive optics precompensation of a GEO feeder link : the FEEDELIO experiment
  • Stephen Najda, TopGaN Ltd
    GaN lasers for Quantum Sensing & Free Space Communication
  • Nathan Newbury, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited States
    Precision optical time-frequency transfer over free space links with laser frequency combs
  • Myriam Raybaut, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech AerospatialesFrance
    DIAL Lidars for safety and security applications
  • Daniel Renner, Freedom Photonics, LLC
    Integrated Photonics Technologies for Sensing and Free Space Communication
  • Raymond Shaw, Michigan Technological UniversityUnited States
    Light propagation in clouds: from digital holography to non-exponential extinction
  • Bradley Short, ASCUnited States
    Application and Differentiation of Global Shutter 3D Flash LIDAR
  • Ove Steinvall, Swedish Defence Research AgencySweden
    Past and present laser sensing activities at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  • Flavien Viguier, AltametrisFrance
    Precision in Airborne LiDAR Acquisition and Processing for Creating 3D Maps in Railway Environment
  • George Williams, Voxtel IncorporatedUnited States
    Voxtel Direct Detection Flash Lidar Sensors
  • Jirong Yu, NASA Langley Research CenterUnited States
    Development of a space pathfinder coherent lidar for global 3D wind measurement



  • Claudine Besson, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech AerospatialesChair
  • Edward Watson, University of Dayton, United StatesChair
  • Nicolas Riviere, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech Aerospatiales, FranceProgram Chair
  • Farzin Amzajerdian, NASA Langley Research Center, United States
  • Matthew Berg, Kansas State University, United States
  • Sammy Henderson, Beyond Photonics, United States
  • Thomas Karr, OUSD(R&E), United States
  • Robert Lamb, 1 Leonardo MW Ltd. Edinburgh
  • Olivier Pujol, Université de Lille
  • Laurent Risser, Centre National Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Jason Stafford, US AFRL, United States


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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