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Laser Applications Conference

03 October 2021 – 07 October 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

This meeting focuses on two main topic areas — materials processing and applications for high power lasers. At LAC, you’ll be immersed in an innovative learning environment that introduces new, groundbreaking information, offers insightful knowledge, showcases cutting-edge products and engages your active participation in important debates and discussions.


Materials Processing
  • Surface Modification & Micromachining
  • Brittle Materials Processing
  • Lasers for Space Applications
  • Lasers for Mobility
  • Laser-based Additive Manufacturing
  • Sub µ Material Processing
Applications for High Power Lasers
  • EUV, X-Ray Generation & Particle Acceleration
  • Defense/Directed Energy
  • Laser Induced Damage Test
  • Laser Shock Peening & Forming
  • THz Sources & Applications



  • Ebrahim Asadi, University of MemphisUnited States
    Hybrid Laser-based Powder-Bed Fusion and Laser Shock Peen Processing of Titanium Alloys for Enhanced Mechanical Performance
  • Bart Berenbak, Solmates B.V.Netherlands
    Solmates Pulsed Laser Deposition: the Next Industrial Thin-film Application Technology
  • Nick Brierley, diondo GmbH Germany
    The Role of X-ray Computed Tomography in L-PBF Manufacturing
  • Scott Davis, Vescent PhotonicsUnited States
    Deployable Lasers and Photonics Systems to Enable Quantum 2.0
  • Peter Delfyett, University of Central FloridaUnited States
    Chip-scale Optical Frequency Comb Sources for Mobile Applications
  • Jérôme Faist, ETH ZurichSwitzerland
    Towards Room Temperature QCL THz Lasers and Detectors
  • Shaw Feng, NIST BoulderUnited States
    In-situ Monitoring and Ex-situ Inspection Data Registration for Laser-based Powder Bed Fusion for Metals
  • Domenico Furfari, Germany
    LEOPARD, a Laser Shock Peening industrial solution for Maintenance Repair Overhaul Use
  • Iaroslav Gnilitskyi, NOVINANO INC.Ukraine
    Highly-regular Nanostructuring with Femtosecond Laser Pulses: Formation and Application
  • Chunlei Guo, U of Rochester, The Institute of OpticsUnited States
    Material Functionalization with Femtosecond Lasers and Applications
  • Jana Harbig, Technische Universität DarmstadtGermany
    Analysis of Melt Pool Inhomogeneity in LPBF Using Optical Process Monitoring Systems
  • Linas Jonusauskas, FemtikaLithuania
    Hybrid Femtosecond Direct Laser Writing for Medical Applications
  • Helmut Kessler, Manx Precision OpticsUnited Kingdom
    High LIDT, Low GDD Coatings for High Power Ultrafast Lasers
  • Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
    Novel Concepts for Lasers and Sensing
  • Ajay Krishnan, EWIUnited States
    In-situ Process Monitoring on EWI’s Open Architecture LPBF System
  • Tatiana Lipateva, MUCTRRussia
    Femtosecond Laser Welding of Nd:YAG Crystals For High-Power Lasers Applications
  • Andrea Lovera, FEMTOPRINTSwitzerland
    3D monolithic glass fabrication process for miniaturised opto-mechanical systems
  • Arif Malik, University of Texas at DallasUnited States
    Importance of Microstructure Modeling in Laser Shock Peening and Laser Impact Welding Processes
  • Mangirdas Malinauskas, Vilniaus UniversitetasLithuania
    Laser Multiscale 3D Lithography of Plant Based Resins
  • Sina Malobabic, Laser Components GmbHGermany
    Fully Automated LIDT Measurement for Quality Assurance of Optics
  • Elena Mavrona, EmpaSwitzerland
    3D Printing Devices Using Cyclic Olefin Copolymer for THz Applications
  • Michiaki Mori, National Inst. Quantum & Rad Sc & Tech
    Recent development activities of energetic ion source driven by high-intensity laser toward heavy ion therapy at QST
  • Frank Mücklich, Universität des SaarlandesGermany
    New High Performing Material surfaces Through Periodic Microtopography and Microstructures Based on Direct Laser Interference Patterning (DLIP)
  • Beat Neuenschwander, Bern University of Applied SciencesSwitzerland
    Machining of (100), (110) and (111) Oriented Silicon and Germanium with Ultrashort Laser Pulses
  • Stefan Nolte, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaGermany
    Bulk Processing of Silicon Using IR Ultrashort Laser Pulses
  • Katharina Rettschlag , Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.Germany
    Laser Processing of Glass Materials with CO and CO2 Beam Sources
  • Sebastian Riese, LAYERTEC GmbH
    LIDT from the Vendor Point of View
  • Paul Rudy, SL Diode
    Laser Light Sources for Automotive Illumination, Sensing, and Communication
  • Steve Rummel, II-VI IncorporatedUnited States
    Shaping the Future with Photonics and Advanced Materials
  • Daniel Schick, Max-Born-Institut BerlinGermany
    Laser-driven Resonant Magnetic Soft-X-ray Scattering
  • Holger Schlüter, SCANLAB GmbHGermany
    XL SCAN and Multi Beam Scanner Enable High Throughput and Accuracy
  • Christophe Simon-Boisson, Thales Laser SAFrance
    High Peak Power and High Average Power Lasers for High Energy Particle Acceleration
  • Evangelos Skoulas, BiomimeticGreece
    Glass Surface Functionalization Via Direct Ultrashort Laser Nanostructuring
  • Jonas Wiedenmann, Multiphoton Optics GmbHGermany
    Three-dimensional Additive Nanofabrication Using Femtosecond Lasers
  • Sanin Zulic, HiLASE Centre
    Development of Novel Laser System for Affordable and Mobile Laser Shock Peening Applications



David Mordaunt, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, United States, Program Chair

Yuji Sano, Institute for Molecular Science, Japan, Program Chair

Johannes Trbola, Trbola Engineering, Germany, Program Chair

Lahsen Assoufid, Argonne National Laboratory, United States

Barry Behnken, AEye, Inc., United States

Heather George, TRUMPF Inc., United States

Thomas Grunberger, plasmo GmbH, Austria

Ruth Houbertz, Multiphoton Optics GmbH, Germany

Dirk Müller, Coherent Inc., United States

Mohammad Umar Piracha, Zoox USA

Danijela Rostohar, Institute of Physics of The ASCR, Czech Republic

Gerald Uyeno, Raytheon Technologies, United States


Plenary Session

Donna Strickland

University of Waterloo

From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics

The laser increased the intensity of light that can be generated by orders of magnitude and thus brought about nonlinear optical interactions with matter. Chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, changed the intensity level by a few more orders of magnitude and helped usher in a new type of laser-matter interaction that is referred to as high-intensity laser physics. In this talk, I will discuss the differences between nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics. The development of CPA and why short, intense laser pulses can cut transparent material will also be included. I will also discuss future applications.

About the Speaker

Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time. They published this Nobel-winning research in 1985 when Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester. Strickland earned a B.Eng. from McMaster University and a PhD in optics from the University of Rochester. Strickland was a research associate at the National Research Council Canada, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a member of technical staff at Princeton University. In 1997, she joined the University of Waterloo, where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations. Strickland served as the president of Optica in 2013 and is a fellow of Optica, SPIE, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society. She is an honorary fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Physics and an international member of the US National Academy of Science. Strickland was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Steve Rummel

II-VI Incorporated

Shaping the Future with Photonics and Advanced Materials

From the invention of lasers in 1960, advances in materials and high-energy optical coatings have enabled a continuous stream of performance improvements. This progress has brought lasers to the forefront of metrology and manufacturing, and enabled processing of ever-more advanced materials such as diamond and silicon carbide. This trend continues as photonics takes center stage in the defining technology shifts of our era, from 3D sensing to laser additive manufacturing, EUV systems, and beyond. We will examine the megatrends driving these changes and what the future holds for them.

About the Speaker

Steve Rummel is the Senior Vice President of the Engineered Materials and Laser Optics Business Unit for II-VI Incorporated. Steve’s business unit drives innovation in laser technology for a wide range of applications, including in advanced manufacturing. As Senior VP, he oversees five divisions representing a broad range of materials and products: IR Optics, M Cubed, Marlow, Pacific Rare Metals, and Aerospace & Defense. Prior to being named Senior VP, he was Vice President of the Engineered Materials and Laser Optics Business Unit (2019), Vice President of the IR Optics Division (2016), and Vice President of Product Technology and Quality (2014). Steve joined II-VI in 1988 in engineering and has more than 32 years of materials and optics experience, collaborating with customer R&D and manufacturing teams to provide optical solutions for challenging laser development and application problems. Steve holds a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a BSEE degree from Grove City College. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, working closely with customers on optical product development and improvements for lasers and laser systems. Steve has authored and presented papers on materials for optical applications in the infrared and near-infrared. His work with advanced materials spans his entire 32-year career with II-VI.


Special Events

Technology Showcase: OPCPA Design and Manufacturing at Light Conversion

Monday, 04 October 10:00 – 10:20

Presenter: Valdas Maslinskas, Sales Engineer, Light Conversion, Lithuania

Description: LIGHT CONVERSION, is a pioneering manufacturer of femtosecond optical parametric amplifiers (OPAs) and Yb-based femtosecond laser sources. Currently, it is one of the world’s leading femtosecond laser producers. Products scale from compact industry-grade lasers to large multi-table scientific optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers (OPCPA).

OPCPA is the only currently available laser technology simultaneously providing high peak and average power, as well as few-cycle pulse duration required by the most demanding scientific applications. LIGHT CONVERSION answers these demands with a portfolio of OPCPA products based on years of OPA and laser development experience. 

Technology Showcase: Adjustable Mode Beam Laser Advantages for EV Welding Applications

Tuesday, 05 October 11:30 – 11:50

Presenter: Iurii Markushov, Senior Manager, Global Welding Applications, IPG

Description: To meet the demands and promise to deliver all electric fleets of vehicles in the next decade, auto manufacturers are challenged to find solutions that provide reliable, high-yield production while ensuring safe end-user components. Adjustable mode beam lasers are used to provide high-speed spatter-free welding of materials for electric motor components and EV batteries to meet the industry challenges. Low heat input laser welding offers the consistency and ability to control penetration depths to deliver welds that are porosity free with high surface quality across a wide range of material thicknesses. Combined with laser scan heads and real-time weld process monitoring, high-throughput laser welding with maximum quality assurance is achieved. Examples of laser welded copper, aluminum and steel will be presented.

Technology Showcase: OpticStudio STAR Module and Full System Modelling with the Zemax Suite

Wednesday, 06 October 08:00 – 08:20

Presenter: Esteban Carbajal, Sr. Product Manager, Zemax, United States

Description: Join Zemax Product Manager, Esteban Carbajal, as he highlights the power of the new OpticStudio STAR module and how it integrates into the Zemax suite for end-to-end optical product development. This talk will cover how complex thermal and structural effects can be understood in high-power laser systems and how Zemax tools empower intelligent design decisions and streamlined workflows:

Easily build STOP analysis into your optical design workflows. Get fast, accurate STOP results with confidence. Analyze the impact of structural and thermal loads on your optical designs with the OpticStudio Structural, Thermal, Analysis and Results (STAR) module. Extend OpticStudio’s capabilities to include structural, thermal, and optical performance (STOP) analysis based on finite element analysis (FEA) datasets. Reduce human error and wasted time spent aligning coordinate systems with visualizations and analyses that bring STOP analysis and OpticStudio into an integrated workflow.

• Import FEA data from any FEA package

• Perform numeric fitting with one-click

• Assess performance impact

Technology Showcase: Improving USP Laser Reliability Through the Innovative Approach to Laser Cooling

Wednesday, 06 October 08:20 – 08:40

Presenter: Aldas Juronis, OEM Lasers Program Manager, EKSPLA, Lithuania

Description: FemtoLux 30 is the new femtosecond laser which employs an innovative cooling system and sets new reliability standards among industrial femtosecond lasers. 

Other lasers of similar optical power use water for cooling, which means an additional bulky and heavy water chiller is needed. The chiller requires periodical maintenance. Moreover, in the unfortunate event of water leakage other equipment could be damaged. Instead of using water for transferring heat from a laser head, the FemtoLux 30 uses an innovative Direct Refrigerant Cooling method. 

Refrigerant agent circulates from a compressor and condenser, that are integrated together with the PSU, to a cooling plate via armored flexible lines. The cooling plate is detachable from the laser head for more convenient laser installation.

The FemtoLux 30 femtosecond laser has a tunable pulse duration from <350 fs to 1 ps and can operate in a broad AOM controlled range of pulse repetition rates from a single shot to 4 MHz. 
Maximum pulse energy is more than 90µJ operating with single pulses, but could be as high as 250µJ, while operating in a burst mode.

PhD-Level Transferable Skills That Stand Out During Economic Downturns (& How To Communicate Them Virtually)

Wednesday, 06 October 11:00 – 12:00

The global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company recently released a report showing that there is a 20% deficit in the job market for job candidates who can do two things - research, and analysis. These two transferable skills are key skill that all PhDs have regardless of their background and makes them highly valuable job candidates, especially in times of uncertainty. In this webinar, we will detail the top 10 transferable skills that PhDs need to communicate on their resume and during their job search as a while, as well as the 3 categories of core competencies that PhDs must master and leverage in order to get hired in industry.


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