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Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference

11 December 2022 – 15 December 2022

  • Learn about advances in laser beam combining including coherent beam combining and the powers achievable through these processes.
  • Hear about record performance in the area of high power fiber lasers and their application to welding, cutting, laser shock peening, other materials modification applications, laser induced damage and directed energy applications.
  • Explore advances in remote sensing including vibrometry, atmospheric composition determination, wind sensing and remote high precision mapping.
  • Hear about achievements in National facilities of ultra-high intensities and their application to forefront scientific studies of ultra-intense radiation/materials interactions.





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




  • Audrius Dubietis, Vilniaus UniversitetasLithuania
    Table-top Optical Parametric Chirped-pulse Amplifiers: Three Decades of Advances
  • Sheng-Lung Huang, National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
    Fabrication and Laser Characterization of Glass-clad Single-crystalline-core Fibers
  • Gabriel Mennerat, Commissariat a l'Energie AtomiqueFrance
    High Performance Materials and New Approaches for Frequency Conversion to UV and DUV at High Energy (up to 350 J): Crystal Homogeneity and Overall System Tolerance to Achieve Extreme Efficiencies
  • Richard Mildren, Macquarie UniversityAustralia
    Advances in High gain Stimulated Brillouin Scattering Materials
  • Jeffrey Moses, Cornell UniversityUnited States
    Achieving High Efficiency in Parametric Amplification Via Hybridized Nonlinear Optics
  • Lora Nugent, QuantinuumUnited States
    Laser and Optical Systems for Quantinuum’s Trapped Ion Quantum Computer
  • Angela Pirri, CNR, IFAC, Ist. Fis. Applicata N CarraraItaly
    Achievements and Prospectives of Laser Ceramic Materials: from Pure to Mixed Oxides
  • Michelle Sander, Boston UniversityUnited States
    Ultrafast Pulse Dynamics in Thulium Fiber Laser Systems
  • Thomas Südmeyer, Universite de NeuchatelSwitzerland
    Ultrafast Sub-100-fs Thin-Disk Laser Oscillators
  • Gabrielle Thomas, Menlo Systems GmbHGermany
    Complete, Rack-mounted Laser System for Quantum 2.0 Applications




Martin Fejer
Stanford University

"Quasi-static” quasi-phasematched nonlinear nanophotonics: How few photons, how few cycles?

Recent progress in fabrication of periodically-poled nanophotonic waveguides in thin-film LiNbO3 (TFLN) enables simultaneous dispersion engineering and quasi-phasematching in a highly nonlinear material. “Quasi-static” ultrafast NLO, with near-zero GVM and GVD, allows femtojoule wavemixing, new routes to octave-spanning continua, and holds promise for few-photon NLO.

Martin Fejer is Professor and Chair of Applied Physics, and was Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences (2004 – 2009) at Stanford University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. His current research interests are in nonlinear optical materials and devices, guided wave optics, micro- and nano-structured ferroelectrics and semiconductors, ultrafast optics, classical and quantum optical signal processing, and materials with low dissipation. He has published over 500 papers in these areas, and holds over 30 patents. He is active in professional society activities; is a fellow of the IEEE and of Optica whose R. W. Wood Prize he was awarded in 1998, and was elected to National Academy of Sciences in 2016.

Dahv Kliner

That Changes Everything: How Lasers are Transforming the Economics of Industrial Production

High-power lasers are capturing an increasing fraction of the nearly $80 billion global tool market.  We’ll review the technological advances driving adoption of lasers into industrial tools, with emphasis on fiber lasers.  We’ll discuss incorporation of functionality into the fiber and highlight recent breakthroughs in productivity, quality, and performance enabled by all-fiber beam-shaping technologies.  We’ll show examples from the key industrial markets of metal cutting, welding, and additive manufacturing.

Dahv Kliner is the Vice President of Fiber Laser Technology at nLIGHT and has been developing fiber laser technology and products for more than 25 years. He obtained a Ph.D. from Stanford University and performed postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota and at Harvard University. Dahv joined nLIGHT in 2012 to start the Industrial Fiber Lasers business unit, whose high-power fiber lasers provide industry-leading performance, productivity, and reliability. These lasers have garnered several awards, including a Prism Award and two Laser Focus World Gold Innovators Awards. Dahv has co-authored more than 100 publications and 65 issued patents.

Angela Seddon
University of Nottingham

Into the light of a dark black night: mid-infrared fibre-optics for sensing.

The MIR (mid-infrared) spectral region is 3-50 mm wavelength.  Many molecular fundamental vibrational absorptions lie within 3-15 μm wavelength, coinciding with the low-loss window of chalcogenide glass fiber-optics, for a new ‘window of opportunity’ for sensing.  

Professor Angela B. Seddon leads the Mid-Infrared Photonics Group at The University of Nottingham, England, with world-class facilities for fabricating mid-infrared fibreoptics and chips. She was appointed in 2000, when she became the first female Professorial appointment in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Her research vision is to create a new paradigm in real-time mid-infrared sensing and imaging for molecular sensing, including in security/defence, the environment, farm-to-fork, and medicine - for earlier cancer diagnosis. She is author of 290 publications and eight book chapters and has delivered over 100 invited lectures. She is elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Glass Technology, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Fellow of SPIE for distinguished and valuable contributions to the field of optics and photonics. In 2020, she an elected Trustee of the  of the Royal Institution, London.



Special Events:

Congress Welcome Reception
Sunday, 11 December 17:30 – 19:00
Room 212, Barcelona International Convention Centre

Whether you are reconnecting with colleagues that you have not seen in a few years or meeting individuals for the first time, the Congress Welcome Reception is your first opportunity to meet fellow attendees in a casual, relaxed setting before the meeting activities begin.

State of the Industry Panel
Monday, 12 December 13:00 – 14:00
Show Floor Theater, Exhibit Hall

Despite ongoing global challenges, the laser industry continues to grow and expand, with increasing applications demanding enhanced performance from state-of-the-art laser systems. Senior leaders in the global laser industry will participate in this panel discussion, which aims to explore the current state of the laser industry in 2022. Through candid and open discussions, the panel will discuss some of the key challenges and emerging opportunities underpinning the industry’s further growth.

Gabrielle Thomas, Business Development Manager, Menlo Systems GmbH, Germany

Scott Christensen, Director of Advanced Applications, IPG Photonics, USA
Florian Emaury, CEO, Menhir Photonics AG, Switzerland
Torsten Mans, Product Management BC Lasers, Trumpf Laser GmbH, Germany
Dirk Müller, Director of Marketing, Coherent, USA

Student and Early Career Networking Happy Hour
Monday, 12 December 18:30 – 20:00
Tibidabo Room, AC Hotel Barcelona Forum

Meet or reconnect with colleagues from around the world. In addition, several Optica Ambassadors will be in attendance to lead discussions on working in industry, navigating academia and other topics of interest.

Optica Laser Systems Technical Group Special Talk & Networking Event
Monday, 12 December 19:00 – 20:30
Rooms 133-134, Barcelona International Convention Centre

Join the Laser Systems Technical Group for a special talk.

Patrick Baer, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Germany
Talk: High Stability Fiber Lasers at 1 and 2 µm for Gravitational Wave Detectors, Sensing- and Quantum Applications

Baer’s talk offers an overview of fiber amplifier development at 1 µm and 2 µm, shows its potential for various applications and presents recent achievements and current challenges. Attendees are invited to stay after the talk to connect with colleagues over refreshments.

Technology Showcase: Customer-Inspired R&D Efforts at Edmund Optics
Tuesday, 13 December 10:15 – 10:35
Show Floor Theater, Exhibit Hall

Olivia Wheeler-Williams, Ultrafast Laser Optics Engineer, Edmund Optics, USA

Edmund Optics works closely with our customers to address their applications, which often inspires full-scale R&D efforts to enhance product quality and fundamental knowledge. Recently, we have focused on adhesion of broadband coatings to semiconductors, variance in group delay dispersion for standard dielectric mirrors and degradation pathways in UV optics.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE) Lunch
Tuesday, 13 December 12:45 – 14:00
Room 128, Barcelona International Convention Centre

WiSTEE Connect aims to provide concrete support to help women to gain regional connections and global impact in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (STEE) fields. Information about the WiSTEE lunch will be available prior to the event.

End-User Workshop - Presented by Optica Corporate Membership
Tuesday, 13 December 14:00 – 17:00
Room 120, Barcelona International Convention Centre

Optica Corporate Membership will host a session featuring integrators and end-users of photonics technology to connect optics and lasers suppliers with potential technology integrators to understand their current and future needs. In a highly interactive setting, speakers will present what their companies do, then address points such as the optics and laser technology currently used at Nokia Bell Labs; optics and laser technology needed now or in the near future; and technology challenges that other participants can help solve.

This industry-only event will stimulate discussions to accelerate business opportunities for participants. The event will not be recorded to encourage people to speak freely. 

The program concludes with a networking reception to continue the discussion and explore business opportunities.

Congress Banquet
Wednesday, 14 December 18:30 – 22:00
Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

Enjoy a special banquet dinner with fellow attendees at Sant Pau Recinte Modernista.

Sant Pau is the world’s largest Art Nouveau complex, as well as being the most important work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect of Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau.

Declared World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997 for its singularity and artistic beauty, the Art Nouveau Site comprises an architectural complex of 12 pavilions set in green space and interconnected by a kilometre of underground galleries.

Available to Technical Conference registrants with a EUR 25 reservation fee. 

ICFO Tour – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Friday, 16 December 09:30 – 14:00
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences

The tour begins with a presentation by Dr. Robert Sewell, Head of Academic Affairs, who offers a brief introduction to ICFO and the research conducted at the institute. Guided tours through laboratories and facilities follow.

The tour is held in conjunction with the annual ICFO Day, which means you can take part in supplemental activities organized through the event. (Information on IFCO Day will be available closer to the event.)

Transportation to and from the tour is included in the tour registration fee. The bus will depart from the AC Marriott Hotel (located next to the convention center) at promptly 09:30. Once the tour concludes, the bus will return to the hotel, arriving approximately at 14:30. There are no other stops scheduled.

If you wish to go to the airport directly after the tour, you may bring your luggage with you to the facility. The trip to Barcelona International Airport is a 10-15 minute car ride from ICFO. 

Note: A registration fee of EUR 65 is required to reserve your spot on the tour.


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