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CLEO®/Europe 2011 Topic Descriptions
EQEC 2011 Topic Descriptions
CLEO®/Europe 2011 Tech Focus with LIM



CLEO®/Europe 2011 Topic Descriptions


CA) Solid-state Lasers
Advances in solid-state lasers: novel solid-state lasers and amplifiers; high-power and high-energy lasers; power-scalable laser architectures, solid-state micro-chip and nanolasers; random lasers; pulse generation; short wavelength lasers; mid-infrared lasers; tunable lasers; intracavity wavelength conversion; upconversion lasers; thermal effects and their mitigation, beam quality characterisation; linewidth reduction and wavelength tuning techniques; amplitude and frequency stability; novel pump sources and pumping configurations; laser resonator design; spectroscopic characterisation of solid-state gain media; advanced laser crystals and glasses; laser characterisation and modelling, novel solid-state lasers for system applications.
Chair: Patrick Georges, Laboratoire Charles Fabry,Institut d'Optique France


CB) Semiconductor Lasers
New technology, devices and applications; semiconductor optical amplifiers; modelling of semiconductor lasers and optical amplifiers; novel characterization techniques; vertical (extended) cavity surface emitting lasers; optically-pumped semiconductor lasers, photonic crystal semiconductor lasers, micro-cavity lasers; quantum dot/dash lasers; semiconductor ring lasers; short wavelength lasers: blue and green; near-infrared long wavelength lasers; mid-infrared and far-infrared semiconductor lasers: quantum cascade lasers and THz lasers; high power and high brightness lasers; short-pulse generation, mode locking; functional applications: switching, clock recovery, signal processing; semiconductor lasers in integrated photonic circuits; nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers: optical feedback, coupled lasers, optical injection, spatial and temporal instabilities, synchronization, multimode dynamics, chaos.
Chair: Guido Giuliani, Optoelectronics Group, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Università di Pavia, Italy


CC) Terahertz Sources and Applications
Sources for generating terahertz (far- infrared) radiation in the approximate range from 200 GHz to 10 THz. These sources can be based on various physical principles, including ultrafast time-domain systems, direct generation using terahertz lasers, and sources based on nonlinear optical mixing; applications using terahertz radiation for sensing, spectroscopy and imaging; advances in terahertz communications; new terahertz measurement techniques and instrumentation, including advances in imaging configurations, detector technologies, and terahertz optical components and waveguides; and terahertz optical measurements using surface plasmons, near-field effects, photonic crystals and metamaterials, and nonlinear optics; and terahertz imaging and modeling of plumes, turbulent air, or gaseous flows.
Chair: Jerome Faist, ETH Zurich Institute for Quantum Electronics, Switzerland


CD) Applications of Nonlinear Optics
Novel applications of nonlinear optical phenomena and new devices; nonlinear frequency conversion for the UV, visible and IR; telecommunications applications and all-optical switching; all-optical delay lines and slow light; optical parametric devices such as optical parametric amplifiers and oscillators; nonlinear optics in waveguides and fibres, including photonic crystal structures and microstructured optical fibres; quasi-phasematched materials and devices; novel nonlinear materials and structures; stimulated scattering processes and devices; optical solitons and their applications; optical limiting; spatial and spatio-temporal nonlinear processes including filamentation; electro-optic and Kerr devices in crystals and semiconductors; Raman based devices including amplifiers and lasers; nonlinear probing of surfaces; multi-photon imaging and coherent Raman microscopy.
Chair: Aleksei Zheltikov, Physics Department, International Laser Center, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia


CE) Optical Materials, Fabrication and Characterization
Crystal growth and epitaxy of optical materials; new crystalline and glass laser materials in bulk, fiber and waveguide geometry; micro- and nano-fabrication and -engineering techniques; optical characterisation of laser and nonlinear materials, micro-structured fiber and photonic crystal waveguides, quantum-wells, -wires and -dots, nano-crystalline materials, nano-tubes and innovative organic materials.
Chair: Wolfgang Sohler, University of Paderborn, Department Physik, Angewandte Physik, Germany


CF) Ultrafast Optics and Applications
Femtosecond and picosecond pulse generation from solid state, fiber and waveguide sources; mode-locked and Q-switched lasers; optical few-cycle pulses; ultrashort-pulse semiconductor lasers and devices; ultrafast parametric and nonlinear optical conversion; ultrashort-pulse mid-IR and THz radiation; pulse compression; super-continuum generation; dispersion compensation; ultrafast electro-optics; pulse-shaping; carrier-envelope effects; ultrafast characterization methods and measurement techniques, ultrafast optoelectronic systems and devices; applications of ultrafast technology, femtosecond pulse filamentation and applications.
Chair: Luc Bergé, CEA-DAM/ Ile de France, France


CG) High-field Laser Physics and Attosecond Technologies
Laser and parametric chirped-pulse amplification; compression and carrier-envelope phase (CEP) stabilisation of Terawatt pulses; carrier-envelope phase metrology; characterization and manipulation of high-intensity femtosecond light pulses; optical field ionization and attosecond xuv/x-ray pulse generation; generation of high brightness attosecond pulse trains using surface harmonic generation, optimal control of ultrafast non-linear processes, time-resolved measurement of Auger decay, XUV/soft x-ray spectroscopy, metrology, interferometry and microscopy; time-resolved Coulomb explosion imaging, electron dynamics in strongly driven molecules, attosecond and femtosecond electron diffraction imaging of molecular structures, dynamics in fixed-in-space molecules, ultrafast electron dynamics in bulk media and quantum-confined structures, probing of surface physiochemical processes via time-resolved UPS/soft XPS; time-resolved XAS, XANES & EXAFS; femtosecond-laser-produced plasmas; relativistic nonlinear optics; laser-driven particle acceleration.
Chair: Dimitris Charalambidis, University of Crete and, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Greece


CH) Optical Sensing and Metrology
Optical sensing and metrology allow for inspection of a wide range of objects, from the macroscopic to the nanometric scale. This topic area focuses on recent progress in all aspects of optical sensing and metrology, particularly in new photonic sensor technologies and applications. Papers are solicited on the following and related topics: new trends in optical remote sensing; fiber sensors using conventional and photonic crystal fibers; active multispectral and hyperspectral imaging; sensor multiplexing; novel spectroscopic techniques, applications and systems; optical precision metrology; novel measurement methods and devices based on interferometry; holography; diffractometry or scatterometry; critical dimension metrology; virtual metrology; multiscale surface metrology; UV and DUV microscopy; resolution enhancement technologies in microscopy; inverse problems; adaptive optics; phase retrieval.
Chair: Tomasz Nasilowski, Institute of Technical Physics, Faculty of New Technologies and Chemistry , Military University of Technology (MUT), Poland


CI) Optical Technologies for Communications and Data Storage
Fibre devices including dispersion compensating and nonlinear fibres, fibre propagation and polarization effects, fibre amplifiers and fibre lasers, fibre gratings and fibre grating-based devices; semiconductor devices for generation, processing and detection of optical signals including laser sources, detectors and modulators, performance monitoring devices, switches, picosecond and femtosecond pulse sources; optical components for enabling WDM and OTDM systems including filtering and switching devices; digital signal processing and coding techniques; communication and access networks; optical sub-systems including clock recovery techniques, packet/burst switching subsystems, advanced modulation formats, subcarrier-multiplexing, receivers for coherent detection, radio-over-fiber and microwave photonic technologies, optical regeneration, switching and frequency conversion; optics in storage area networks, optical delays and buffering, holographic and 3D optical data storage, near-field recording and super-resolution, photorefractives.
Chair: Stefan Wabnitz, Università di Brescia,Facoltà di Ingegneria, Italy


CJ) Fibre and Guided Wave Lasers and Amplifiers
Waveguide and fibre laser oscillator and amplifiers including novel waveguide and fibre geometries; power scaling of waveguide and fibre lasers - including beam combination techniques (for both pump and signal beams) and new waveguide coupling approaches; upconversion lasers; nonlinear effects in waveguides and fibres - including nonlinear frequency conversion and pulse generation and compression; advances in fibre waveguide materials; fabrication techniques for doped waveguide and fibre devices; active microstructured fibre and waveguide laser devices; novel waveguide and fibre sources for industrial applications.
Chair: William Wadsworth, Department of Physics, University of Bath, UK


CK) Micro- and Nano-Photonics
The intensive research nowadays being carried out in the area of nanostructured materials for photonic applications has branched in many directions but keeps a common goal. This is learning and profiting from the novel phenomena occurring when light is created, transported and detected in environments where either dimensionality or size are reduced and, in particular, when light-matter interaction occurs in regions smaller than or similar to the wavelength of light. This trend has earned the term nanophotonics. Such a vast field includes but is not restricted to periodic or quasi-periodic nanostructures (photonic crystals), plasmonic and metamaterial devices; integrated optics; optical MEMS; materials aspects and fabrication techniques, including inorganic/organic nano-layers/wires, nanocrystals in periodic structures and single molecules; issues related to order/disorder in nanostructured materials; and applications tending to the integration into photonic devices for biology, lighting, communication, sensing and energy efficiency.
Chair: Valerio Pruneri, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences and ICREA, Spain


CL) Biophotonics and Applications (Joint with EQEC, also listed as EB)
This topic area addresses emerging concepts in biophotonics: single particle detection and tracking; spatio-temporal manipulation of light fields; enhanced linear and non linear detection; micro-fluidics and micro-optics; new optical probes for local measurements – including organic and inorganic nano-crystals, electric fields and temperature measurements etc; new routes for optical detection in biophotonics: non linear processes; squeezed states; twin photons; phase conjugation time reversal etc; physics of optical phenomena in biological media: scattering; coherence; polarization; symmetry and invariance; coupling of optical fields with flows and acoustic fields.
Chair: Monika  Ritsch-Marte, Innsbruck Medical University,, Division for Biomedical Physics, Austria


CM) Materials Processing with Lasers 
Fundamentals of laser-materials interactions: phase transformation, chemical reactions, diffusion processes, ablation; analytical and numerical mathematical modelling; high-power laser-materials processing: welding, cutting, surface treatment; laser ablation; thin-film growth: PLD, LCVD; direct write techniques: MAPLE, LIFT, near-field techniques; 2D and 3D micro/nano structuring; plasma related processes; laser assisted nanosynthesis; fundamentals and applications of femtosecond micromaching; ultrafast laser processing: volume modification, index engineering; laser-assisted manufacturing.
Chair: Boris Chichkov, Nanotechnology Department, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Germany


EQEC 2011 Topic Descriptions


EA - Quantum Optics 
This topical area will feature papers on quantum correlation and quantum noise reduction; entangled states and decoherence; coherent transients; electromagnetically induced transparency and slow light; single photon and nonclassical light sources and applications; circuit quantum optics; QND measurements; quantum imaging and quantum lithography.
Chair: Jürgen Eschner, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany


EB - Biophotonics  (Joint with CLEO Europe, also listed as CL)
This topic area addresses emerging concepts in biophotonics: single particle detection and tracking; spatio-temporal manipulation of light fields; enhanced linear and non linear detection; micro-fluidics and micro-optics; new optical probes for local measurements – including organic and inorganic nano-crystals, electric fields and temperature measurements etc; new routes for optical detection in biophotonics: non linear processes; squeezed states; twin photons; phase conjugation time reversal etc; physics of optical phenomena in biological media: scattering; coherence; polarization; symmetry and invariance; coupling of optical fields with flows and acoustic fields.
Chair: Monika Ritsch-Marte, Medizinische Universität Innsbruck, Austria

EC - Cold Atoms and Molecules  
This topical area will feature papers on the dynamics of cold atom ensembles and Bose-Einstein condensates in atomic gases and solid-state systems.
Chair: Matthias Weidemüller, Universität Heidelberg, Germany

ED - Quantum Information and Cryptography  
This topical area will highlight recent innovations in all areas of the field, from algorithm development to experimental implementations of quantum computers. Of especial interest are results in quantum logic gates, quantum communications systems, quantum key distribution, entanglement distribution and distillation, conversion of information between static and flying qubits, and quantum memories. In addition, novel platforms, devices and materials for quantum information processing, such as integrated devices, nano-mechanics, ion-trap arrays, superconducting structures, quantum dots and cavity QED based quantum gates will be covered.
Chair: Andreas Poppe, AIT, Vienna, Austria

EE - Precision Metrology and Fundamental Limits 
This topical area will deal with the ultimate limitations of measurement precision as imposed by the nature of quanta. It will feature papers on precision interferometry and spectroscopy, novel methods of laser spectroscopy, tests of fundamental symmetries, quantum metrology, definition of basic units, and the constancy of fundamental constants.
Chair: Stephan Schiller, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

EF - Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics   
This topical area will feature papers on nonlinear optical phenomena including frequency conversion, wave mixing, parametric processes, electromagnetic induced transparency, lasing without inversion, slow light and dark states, temporal and spatial solitons, novel nonlinear optical materials, and media with extreme nonlinear properties.
Chair: Martti Kauranen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

EG - Ultrafast Phenomena and Frequency Combs  
This topical area will feature papers on fundamentals of ultrafast nonlinear processes and ultrafast spectroscopy in physics, chemistry, and biology; coherent control using femtosecond pulses; ultrafast microscopic techniques; electro-optic sampling; femtochemistry; ultrafast x-ray experiments; attosecond phenomena; carrier-envelope phase control and frequency comb techniques with applications to precise spectral and temporal measurements.
Chair: Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

EH - Dynamics, Instabilities, and Patterns 
This topical area will feature papers on pattern formation in optical systems, novel optical systems for nonlinear dynamics such as quantum dot lasers, hybrid devices, microlasers, fiber lasers, photonic crystals microcavities; complex dynamics of nonlinear optical systems such as lasers, OPOs, microcavities, polariton condensates; instabilities in semiconductor lasers by injected signal, optical feedback, or multimode dynamics; cavity and dissipative solitons, chaos control and synchronisation, and applications of these phenomena in optical systems.
Chair: Thorsten Ackemann, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom

EI - Light-matter Interactions at the Nano-scale 
This topical area will feature papers on all the aspects of light-matter interaction a the nanoscale including in particular optical forces (Casimir and Casimir-Polder forces, optomechanical coupling), single photon emitters (quantum dots, NV centers) and related physics (nanoantennas, microcavities), systems in the strong coupling regime, non-linear optics at the nanoscale, photovoltaics, sources and detectors at the nanoscale.
Chair: Jean-Jacques Greffet, Institut Universitaire de France, Palaisseau, France


EJ - Plasmonics and Metamaterials 
This topical area will feature papers on metal nanophotonics, including nanoantennas, plasmonic cavities and waveguides, ranging from fundamental designs and proof-of-concept studies to application-oriented work. Another thrust are metamaterials, ranging from implementations at optical frequencies to work in the THz and RF regimes. We particularly welcome papers on active plasmonics and metamaterials, systems with gain, hybrid materials assemblies, nonlinear metamaterials, and three-dimensional structures.
Chair : Stefan Maier, Imperial College London, United Kingdom




JS1: Quantum opto-mechanics - From fundamentals to applications

This symposium addresses recent developments concerning the interaction between light and nano- or micromechanical motion. These include laser-cooling of vibrational modes, displacement detection near of beyond the standard quantum limit, the strong coupling regime in optomechanics, quantum measurement physics, novel optomechanical structures, photonic crystals with vibrational modes, optomechanical entanglement and nonclassical states, hybrid devices involving optomechanical components, and applications in sensing, signal processing and amplification.
Chairs: Florian Marquardt
, University of Erlangen, Germany
Pierre-Francois Cohadon, Ecole Normale Superieure, France


JS2: Low-dimensional carbon nano-strucures in photonics

The optics of carbon nanomaterials, specifically of graphene and its tubular cousins carbon nanotubes, provides intriguing insights into the effects of reduced dimensionality on the behaviour of excited states. The symposium will focus on recent advances in our understanding of excited state dynamics, exciton transport, interfacial phenomena of graphene, nanotubes, and other carbon materials, and their relevance to the development of photonics devices based on these unique materials.
Tobias Hertel, University of Wurzburg, Germany
Andrea Ferrari, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


JS3: Astrophotonics

Astrophotonics is a rapidly developing field that applies photonic principles and technologies to enhance future astronomical instrumentation. The symposium will focus on the application of photonic technologies for astronomical applications. Relevant topics include: Frequency combs for wavelength calibration, integrated beam combiners for interferometry, miniature photonic spectrographs, photonic focal plane remapping/sampling, waveguide transitions for beam and mode manipulation, multimode photonic filters, and photonic pupil re-mapping/correction.
Roger Haynes, innoFSPEC Ptsdam, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, Germany
Martin M. Roth, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam and Universität Potsdam, Germany


JS4: Optical bio-sensors
This symposium aims to provide the latest results concerning the development and application of optical biosensors, showing both cutting edge integration concepts and key emerging trends in a highly multi-disciplinary approach. The symposium will cover achievements for fluorescence detection of labeled partners of the biomolecular interaction process and direct optical detection based either on evanescent field techniques like plasmonics, integrated optics, grating couplers or based on reflectometry and interferometry. These are influenced by developments in nano sciences like nanostructuring, embedding light source, detection and/or sample cell. Applications are wide spread and cover highly important areas such as genomics, proteomics, medical diagnostics (including point-of-care testing), pharmacology, health care, environmental trace monitoring, food analysis, agriculture, defense, and security.
Chairs: Laura Lechuga, Research Center on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain
Günter Gauglitz,
Eberhard-Karls University, Tübingen, Germany

CLEO®/Europe 2011 Tech Focus


Joint CLEO-LIM: Technical Focus meeting: "Progress in Fiber Lasers and Emerging Applications"

The rise in output power from fiber lasers over the last decade has been dramatic, leading to a range of laser devices with unrivalled performance in terms of output power, beam quality, overall efficiency and flexibility in operating wavelength. This joint CLEO-LIM Technical Focus meeting will review recent progress in the field of high power fiber lasers from a laser industry perspective and will look at how the unique properties of high power fiber lasers are being put to work in a range of applications.
Chairs: Andreas Ostendorf, Ruhr - University Bochum, Germany
Michalis Zervas, SPI Lasers, Southampton, United Kingdom


Joint Session with LIM: Material Processing with Ultrashort Laser Pulses





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