OSA Laser Congress highlights latest advances in solid state lasers and industrial applications

NAGOYA, JAPAN – The 2017 OSA Laser Congress will offer a comprehensive view of the latest advancements in solid state lasers and other related technology. The conference program is comprised of a global audience of laser leaders and a comprehensive, peer-reviewed presentations. Market-focused sessions describe the needed technological and engineering advancements required to move these laser technologies into commercial products.


WHEN: 1-5 October 2017, Technical Conference
2-5 October 2017, Exhibition

WHERE: Nagoya Conference Center, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan


The 2017 OSA Laser Congress will include invited plenary presentations by Robert L. Byer and Katsumi Midorikawa. Byer is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University, California, USA and Midorikawa is the Director of RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Saitama, Japan. The plenary presentation will take place on 2 October, 8:00-9:30 am Nagoya Convention Center, Nagoya, Japan.

Robert L. Byer, Stanford University, USA
Einstein, Lasers, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
On September 14, 2015 the two LIGO detectors nearly simultaneously detected gravitational wave signals from two merging Black Holes at more than one billion light years distance. Numerical relativity models confirmed the waveform came from two Black Holes of 29 and 36 solar masses merged to create a final Black Hole with mass 62 and in the process of merging in less than 1/5 second radiated gravitational waves with more than 3 solar masses of energy.

LIGO and Advanced LIGO requirements were met and enabled by advances in solid state lasers including a single frequency laser oscillator and quantum noise limited amplification. This presentation will give the history of LIGO and the direct detection of gravitational waves.

Katsumi Midorikawa, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Japan
High-Order Harmonics: Application and Prospects
Nearly thirty years have passed since the first observation of high-order harmonic generation (HHG). Although there has been strong interest in related physical phenomena, many researchers expected that HHG would not be useful as a practical source at that time because of its small photon number associated with low conversion efficiency. Contrary to their expectations, however, HHG is now established as a high-output coherent light source in the XUV region and the sole source of attosecond pulses. Midorikawa will share recent efforts on generation of high harmonics and applications including ultrafast XUV science and EUV optics/mask inspection.

Additional Invited Speakers:

  • Laurent Berthe, Senior Researcher, CNRS Lab PIMM, France
  • Guido Bonati, CEO, LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH, Germany
  • Jan Brajer, HiLASE Centre, Institute of Physics ASCR, Czech Republic
  • Ali Gökhan Demir, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Ahmed Diallo, Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA
  • Jochen Deile, Product Line Manager, Coherent, USA
  • Claus Dold Head of Process Technology Laser, EWAG AG, Switzerland
  • Eric Esarey, Senior Science Advisor, Applied Physics and Accelerator Technology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, USA
  • Domenico Furfari, Project Manager Airframe Research and Technology, Airbus Operations GmbH, Germany
  • Andrey Gumenyuk, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany
  • Takeshi Higashiguchi, Professor, Utsunomiya University, Japan
  • Yoshi Hishiro, Director of R&D, JSR Micro Inc., Japan
  • Toshi-Taka Ikeshoji, Kindai University Research Institute of Fundamental Technology for Next Generation, Japan
  • Heidi Lundén, Specialist, Hermetic Glass Packaging, Primoceler, Finland
  • Sascha Migura, Lead System Engineer, Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Germany
  • Hakaru Mizoguchi, Vice President and CTO, Gigaphoton, Japan
  • Yoshinobu Makino, Chief Specialist, Toshiba, Japan
  • Patrick Naulleau, CXRO Director and Senior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
  • Mamiko Nishiuchi, Senior Principal Researcher, National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Japan
  • José L. Ocaña, Professor, Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Naotada Okada, Senior Fellow, Toshiba Corporation, Japan
  • Volkher Onuseit, Head of System Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Eléonore Roussel, SOLEIL Synchrotron, France
  • Tomakazu Sano, Associate Professor, Osaka University, Japan
  • Yuji Sano, ImPACT Program Manager, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan
  • Pratik Shukla, Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering, Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Daichi Sumimori, Section Leader of Research and Development Dept. at NADEX LASER R&D Center of NADEX PRODUCTS Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Oliver Suttmann, Head of Department Production and Systems, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Germany
  • Gijs van der Schot, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Takeo Watanabe, Associate Professor, University of Hyogo, Japan
  • Seiei Yamamoto, Junior Supervisor, OKUMA Corporation, Japan


The Laser Applications Conference (LAC) is a three-day meeting focused on two main topic areas – materials processing and applications for high power lasers. Materials processing will cover advanced applications for industrial use while the applications for high power lasers will include topics such as: EUV for lithography, 16kW+ laser applications, X-Ray generation, lasers for space applications and tool making. One of the themes of this meeting will be to initiate discussions on what engineering and production advances are needed to translate promising technological advances into marketable products.

The Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference (ASSL) highlights new sources, advanced technologies, components and system design to improve the operation and application of solid state lasers. It covers the spectrum of solid state lasers from materials research to applied science and design innovations


MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media/analyst registration for OSA Laser Congress 2017 can be arranged by emailing [email protected] Please visit the event website at OSA Laser Congress for additional information, including travel arrangement details.

About OSA Laser Congress

The OSA Laser Congress will be held 1-5 October at the Convention Center Nagoya, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. The Congress features the latest advances in solid state laser development and related technologies for free space laser communication, laser-based sensing, and numerous industrial applications. It provides attendees with a comprehensive view of the latest technological advances as well as applications of laser technologies for industrial products and markets. In 2017, the Congress offers two collocated meetings: Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference (ASSL) and Laser Applications Conference (LAC).

About The Optical Society

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