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Laser Applications Conference

11 December 2022 – 15 December 2022 Barcelona, Catalunya Spain


Laser Applications Conference (LAC) is an all invited speaker format for industry in Laser Applications at the Laser Congress. This 3-day 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.




Applications of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communication (LS&C)
  1. Component Technologies for Sensing and Communications
    1. Lasers
    2. Receivers
    3. Wavefront control
  2. Remote Sensing
    1. Non-Imaging
      1. Vibrometry (Doppler, micro-Doppler)
      2. Atmospheric sensing (wind, aerosols and other chemical/biological sensing)
    2. Imaging
      1. Hardware (LiDAR, Time of Flight and Single Photon cameras)
      2. Processing and exploitation of 3D data
    3. Applications
      1. Mapping
      2. LiDAR for autonomous applications
  3. Sensing for HEL Applications
  4. Laser Communications
    1. Space
    2. Atmospheric
    3. Underwater
  5. Quantum Protocols for Sensing & Communication




Brittle Materials Processing

Organizer: Dirk Mueller, Coherent Inc., USA
Session I: Monday, 12 December, 09:15 - 10:15
Session II: Monday, 12 December, 10:45 - 12:45

Brittle materials pose a significant challenge to mechanical machining.  Lasers have a unique advantage in processing a variety of brittle materials as their wavelengths and pulse durations can be tailored to optimize the material interaction.  Brittle materials such as glass, sapphire, silicon and SiC are increasingly benefitting from laser processing.  Unique laser cutting, drilling and polishing methods are lowering the cost of machining these materials at unprecedented accuracy. Furthermore, lasers are finding increased adoption for annealing these brittle materials.

Surface Modification & Micromachining

Organizer; Heather George, TRUMPF Inc., USA
Monday, 12 December, 14:00 - 16:00

Surfaces are integral in mechanical and chemical interactions, and laser surface modification gives a degree of control in those interactions that is not possible with other processing techniques. From applications in de-icing planes to the texturing of surfaces for paint adhesion, the ultrafast laser has the precision to tailor surface topology. This control is also essential for micromachining, since the very small or thin parts are easily distorted by any type of warp or burr. As ultrafast lasers increase in average power and pulse energy, multiplexing and interference techniques are being developed to apply these to large area surfaces. This session focuses on the latest capabilities of lasers, scanners and processes to control fine structures for emerging market applications.

Submicron Material Processing

Organizer: Ruth Houbertz, ThinkMade Engineering and Consulting, Germany
Monday, 12 December, 16:30 - 18:30

The processing of submicron structures using lasers is a continuously growing field due to its wide applicability. Laser micromachining is a versatile processing technology, providing access to many applications and novel product features. Dependent on the kind of laser and the types of materials that are used in the processes, either functional surfaces or functional structures can be created on a sub-micron scale down to the 100 nm scale additively or subtractively. Aside from surface-based submicron structuring, nanoparticles can be fabricated, which also can be implemented in many applications. This session focuses on materials and processing for photonic and medical applications and the related markets, but is open also to any kind of application or products in which submicron features create value.

Laser Shock Peening & Forming

Organizer: Danijela Rostohar, Coventry University, UK
Tuesday, 13 December, 10:45 - 12:45

Laser peening has great potential to prolong the service life of various products and components, and is expanding the application area based on the advancement in high-power laser technology. This session provides a forum for exchanging the latest results of research, development and innovation in laser peening and related technologies including high power lasers, new processes such as adhesion/damage testing, laser interaction models and application to different types of materials and components with emerging interest.      

Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing

Organizer: Thomas Grunberger, Plasmo Industrietechnik GmbH, Austria
Tuesday, 13 December, 14:00 - 16:00

There are a few missing topics bringing additive manufacturing to broad industrial application: Missing standards, time-consuming qualification of the process, quality assurance and automation. The session covers the important topic of process monitoring enabling faster qualification and time to market, quality inspection, reduction of time-consuming NDT tests, shortening the quality control loop and, at the end of the day,  predictive maintenance and closed loop control concepts.

Laser-Beam Delivery and Beam Manipulation of High-Power Laser Beams

Organizer: Danijela Rostohar, Coventry University, UK
Tuesday, 13 December, 16:30 - 18:30

Recent developments in lasers require a new methodology for beam delivery (optics with high Laser Induce Damage Threshold, design of new type of fibers, etc.) as well as for beam efficient employment. This session focuses on research and development in this new growing sector,  which is of crucial importance for further efficient usage of new high-power laser systems.

EUV, X-Ray Generation & Particle Acceleration

Organizer: Lahsen Assoufid, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Wednesday, 14 December, 11:15 - 13:15

The rapid progress in extreme-power laser technology opened a path to the development of a new generation of small-scale EUV, X-ray and Gamma-ray light sources with unprecedented brightness and short pulses. These sources, which could fit on a tabletop or in a small-scale laboratory, will revolutionize many industrial, research, medical, defense and security applications. Their development relies on the progress in laser technology and performance. This session gives an update on the latest development, needs and challenges in high-power laser technologies tailored to methods for short (EUV, X- and Gamma-ray) wavelength generation (laser-produced plasma, high harmonic generation, inverse Compton scattering) and laser plasma acceleration.




Clara Saraceno
Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany

Peter Schunemann
BAE Systems Inc, United States




  • Stephan Barcikowski, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.Germany
    Scalable Laser Synthesis of Colloidal Nanoparticles for Catalysis and Additive Manufacturing
  • Hervé Besaucele, Thales LAS France
    High Average Power Ti:Sa Amplifier for High Energy High Repetition Rate Laser Plasma Accelerator
  • Nina Cao, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Data Analysis of Beamshaping PBF-LB/M Processes
  • Lina Grineviciute, Ctr for Physical Sciences & TechnologyLithuania
    Anisotropic Coatings for Polarization Control in High-power Lasers
  • Karlheinz Gulden, II-VI Laser EnterpriseSwitzerland
    Laser Lapping of Diamond Materials
  • Sebastian Hartmann, siemens advantaGermany
    Process Monitoring and Control of DED-LB Technologies: Current State and Outlook
  • Yusuke Ito, The University of TokyoJapan
    Ultrafast and Large-gap Microwelding of Glass Substrates by Selective Heating of Transiently Excited Electrons
  • Myriam Kaiser, TRUMPF SE & Co.KGGermany
    Tailored-edge Glass Cleaving with Ultrafast Lasers
  • Myriam Kaiser, TRUMPF SE & Co.KGGermany
    High-throughput Ultrafast Laser Surface Texturing with Flexible Multi-spot Patterns
  • Olga Kocharovskaya, Texas A&M UniversityUnited States
    Attosecond Plasma-Based X-Ray Laser Driven by the IR Field: Prospects and Problems
  • Stephen Milton, Tau SystemsUnited States
    The Use of Rep-Rated, 100-TW Class Laser Systems as Drivers for Commercial Applications
  • Girolamo Mincuzzi, ALPhANOVFrance
    Targeting Mass Production of USP-laser Textured Surfaces
  • Aiko Narazaki, Natl Inst of Adv Industrial Sci & TechJapan
    Glass Microfabrication with High-speed Laser Modulation and In-process Monitoring Toward Data-driven Ultrashort Pulse Laser Processing
  • Alexandr Ovsianikov, UpNano GmbHAustria
    Multiphoton Lithography- Challenges and Opportunities
  • Manuela Pacella, Loughborough UniversityUnited Kingdom
    Laser Surface Engineering: from Diamond to Polymer
  • Gwenn Pallier , CailabsFrance
    Title to be Announced
  • Sunil Pathak, HILASE CenterCzech Republic
    Laser Shock Peening of SLM Manufactured Meso Sized Cylindrical Gears
  • Vojislav Petrovic, Joanneum ResearchAustria
    Qualititative Laser Beam and Melt Pool Assessment in DED-LB/M Using NIR Imaging
  • Jie Qiao, Rochester Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Simultaneous Figuring and Finish of Glass and Semiconductor Materials Using Femtosecond Lasers
  • Marine Scius-Bertrand, CNRSFrance
    New Advances in Laser Shock Process for Industrial Applications
  • Pratik Shukla, The Manufacturing Technology CentreUnited Kingdom
    Recent Developments in Laser Shock Peening
  • Dariusz Swierad, Fluence sp. z o.o.Poland
    Glass Cutting with fs-lasers
  • Germán Vergara Ogando, NIT
    Real Time Monitoring and Controlling  DED Processes Using Uncooled High Speed MWIR Cameras
  • Georg von Freymann, Technische Universität KaiserslauternGermany
    Additive Manufacturing of Polymers and Metals on the Submicron Scale
  • Caterina Vozzi, CNR-IFNItaly
    Bright High-order Harmonic Generation in Glass Chip for Ultrafast XUV Spectroscopy



Plenary Speakers:

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 became an elected Trustee of the  of the Royal Institution, London.




  • Carlota Canalias, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan, SwedenProgram Chair
  • Mark Dubinskii, US Army Research Laboratory, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Mark Bowers, Lockheed Martin Aculight Corp, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Yushi Kaneda, University of Arizona, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Johan Boullet, ALPhANOV, France
  • Anne-Laure Calendron, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, Germany
  • Eric Cormier, University Bordeaux, France
  • Christophe Dorrer, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, United States
  • Marc Eichhorn, Inst Franco-Allemand Recherches St Louis, Germany
  • Tino Eidam, Active Fiber Systems GmbH, Germany
  • Jonathan Evans, US Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
  • Andrew Forbes, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Federico Furch, Max Born Institute, Germany
  • Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States
  • Thomas Metzger, , Germany
  • Helen Pask, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Christopher Phillips, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Emma Springate, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom
  • Masaki Tokurakawa, University of Electro-communications,ILS, Japan
  • Gustavo Torchia, Centro de Investigaciones Opticas, Argentina
  • Real Vallee, Université Laval, Canada
  • Pu Zhou, National Univ of Defense Technology, China



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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