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Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference (ASSL)

08 October 2023 – 12 October 2023  Tacoma (Greater Seattle Area), Washington, USA



Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference (ASSL)


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 any kind of coherent radiation sources 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 sources components are also a core part of the meeting.

  • Materials as gain media for lasers and amplifiers
  • Advances in crystal growth and fabrication of glasses and ceramics
  • Glass and crystal fibers and waveguides
  • Advanced semiconductors for sources and detectors
  • Nonlinear materials for frequency conversion
  • Electro-optical and magneto-optical materials
  • Saturable absorbers
  • Advances in mirrors, gratings and other selective components
  • Novel approaches and materials for lasers — topological photonics, plasmonics, 2D materials
  • Advanced coating technologies including surface micro-structuring
  • Materials and components for thermal management and high damage threshold
  • Modeling and characterization methods of optical properties
  • Materials for lighting and laser displays
  • Structured materials with lasers

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 and drivers
  • Laser beam combining and power scaling architectures
  • Short-pulse lasers
  • Frequency combs and frequency-stable lasers
  • Tunable and new wavelength lasers
  • Semiconductor lasers, edge emitters, VCSELs, VECSELs, arrays
  • Spatial mode control in solid state lasers
  • Application specific solid state laser architectures



  • Mark Bowers
    Lockheed Martin Aculight Corp., USA

    Mark Dubinskii
    US Army Research Laboratory, USA



  • Patrice Camy, CIMAP-ENSICAEN, France, Program Chair
  • Patricia Segonds, Neel Institute, France, Program Chair
  • Denis Balitsky, Cristal Laser, France
  • Lynda Busse, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
  • Weidong Chen, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, China
  • Corin Gawith, University of Southampton, UK
  • Mircea Guina, Tampereen Teknillinen Yliopisto, Finland
  • Uwe Hommerich, Hampton University, USA
  • Christian Kraenkel, IKZ Berlin, Germany
  • Jiang Li, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS, China
  • Kentaro Miyata, RIKEN, Japan
  • Maria Cinta Pujol Baiges, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Diana Serrano, Chimie ParisTech, France
  • Takunori Taira, RIKEN / IMS, Japan
  • Nobuhiro Umemura, Chitose Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • Charles Yu, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA


  • Tino Eidam, Active Fiber Systems GmbH, Germany, Program Chair
  • Yushi Kaneda, University of Arizona, USA, Program Chair
  • Martin Bernier, Université Laval, Canada
  • Anne-Laure Calendron, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany
  • Eric Cormier, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Laura Corner, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Christophe Dorrer, University of Rochester, USA
  • Marc Eichhorn, KIT, Germany
  • Jonathan Evans, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA
  • Federico Furch, Max Born Institute, Germany
  • Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado (Boulder), USA
  • Arno Klenke, Jena University, Germany
  • Thomas Metzger, Trumpf Scientifc Lasers, Germany
  • Robbie Murray, Imperial College London, UK
  • Masaki Tokurakawa, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
  • Andreas Vaupel, IPG Photonics, USA
  • Ryo Yasuhara, National Institute for Fusion Science, Japan


Plenary Speakers

50 Years of Laser Development Leading to NIF Breakthrough

Mary Spaeth
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

Development and Application of a 100 Watt Average Power SBS Phase-Conjugated Nd:glass Laser System

Lloyd Hackel
Curtiss-Wright Corporation, USA

50 Years of Laser Development Leading to NIF Breakthrough

Ken Manes
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA


Invited Speakers

Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference

  • Chengyong Feng, University of RochesterUNITED STATES
    Cascaded Second-order Nonlinearities in Regenerative Amplifiers  
  • Thierry Georges, , France
    Pr :YLF Monolithic Diode-pumped Solid-state Lasers  
  • Philippe Goldner, Centre National Recherche ScientifiqueFrance
    Doped Crystals for Optical Quantum Technologies  
  • Christian Grebing, Active Fiber Systems GmbHGermany
    Multipass Cells for Few-cycle Pulses  
  • Jaismeen Kaur, Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée (LOA)France
    Pulse Shortening and Temporal Contrast Enhancement in Multipass Cells  
  • Ursula Keller, ETH ZurichSwitzerland
    Dual-comb Optically Pumped Semiconductor Thin Disk Lasers at a Center Wavelength of 2 μm  
  • Jens Limpert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaGermany
    Nonlinear Pulse Compression at 2 um  
  • Sebastien Montant, CEA CestaFrance
    MegaJoule Laser  
  • Pavel Peterka, Institute of Photonics and ElectronicsCZECH REPUBLIC
    2 µm Active Fibers and Fiber Lasers  
  • Anne-Lise Viotti, Lunds UniversitetSweden
    Pulse Compression in Multi-pass Cells  
  • Huaijin Zhang, Shandong UniversityChina
    Optical Floating Zone Growth of Highly Melting Oxide Crystals  

Special Events


Welcome Reception

Sunday, 08 October 17:30 - 19:00

Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Join your fellow attendees as we begin a week of illuminating technical content and networking conversations. The welcome reception is where leading minds in photonics gather to ignite ideas and forge connections. 

Student Paper Poster Reception

Tuesday, 10 October 17:30 - 19:00

Science + Industry Showcase (Exhibition)

Engage with the brightest young minds as they unveil their groundbreaking work. Help celebrate the innovations, collaborations and boundless potential of the next generation of scholars.

Optica Laser Congress Banquet

Wednesday, 11 October 18:30 - 22:00

Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma

The Museum of Glass is a premier contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking in the West Coast's largest and most active museum glass studio.

Join fellow Optica Laser Congress attendees at the highlight event of the week. Dine in the Grand Hall with its unique design in glass, steel and concrete and tour the galleries and Hot Shop where you can watch artists create works from molten glass.

When registering for Optica Laser Congress, please purchase a ticket to join in the festivities.

Farewell Toast

Thursday, 12 October 15:30 - 16:30

Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Ballroom A (Outside Hallway)

Please join us in a toast to a week full of great conversations and innovations.

The Story of Pacific Northwest Coffee Tour

Friday, 13 October 09:00 - 11:00

Anthem Coffee

Sip, savor and explore the rich coffee culture of Tacoma on our captivating Coffee Tour, which covers eight city blocks of the best coffee shops the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Immerse yourself in the city's vibrant café scene as we journey through aromatic blends and artisanal brews and uncover the stories behind each cup. Let the enticing aromas and flavorful experiences awaken your senses on this caffeinated adventure.

Purchase tickets when registering for the Optica Laser Congress.


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