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    Past Event Overview

    SPIE High-Power Laser Ablation 2008 was a gathering of 118 international folks (as far away as Russia, China, and South Africa; and quite a number from Europe) interested in existing and emerging high power lasers.

    High-Power Laser Ablation is of great interest to the US military and US laser companies. Representatives from Newport, Coherent, Trumpf, and other smaller businesses came to listen and learn. This final sessions focused on a new laser in R&D: DPALS (diode-pumped alkali lasers).

    Claude Phipps has chaired this every-other-year conference six times and he loves tradition and providing a social atmosphere.

    Thanks to all those who helped make this event a great success. We look forward to seeing you, and welcome new participants, in 2010.

    SPIE High-Power Laser Ablation topics covered:

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    • Fundamental Theory
    • Simulations
    • Femtosecond and Attosecond Effects
    • Near-field Effects
    • Nanoengineering
    • Biomedical Applications
    • EUV Lithography
    • Laser Ablation Propulsion
    • High-Power Laser Advances

    SPIE and the organizers gratefully acknowledge Photonic Associates, LLC
    for its sponsorship of this event.

    History of SPIE High-Power Laser Ablation 

    Since 1998, SPIE's International High-Power Laser Ablation meetings have provided a unique forum for exchange of ideas on the physics and application of high-power laser-materials interaction, including advances in relevant high-power laser sources and problems of beam propagation and detection, in a collegial atmosphere. This will be our sixth meeting.

    The HPLA series is one of the first to be organized around a physical phenomenon (high-power ablation) rather than a specific technology. HPLA addresses every aspect of the highpower ablation of materials from the basic physics to the leading applications.

    We heavily emphasize the physics involved in the laser-surface interaction to avoid missing the grand connections among these interesting applications. Groundbreaking physics is discussed for its own sake. Historically, we have also devoted 2 to 3 of our sessions to advances in the specific types of lasers (diode, solid state, iodine, etc.) which are of use in these applications. Applications discussed will range from high-tech material processing to space propulsion to inertial confinement fusion.

    Past keynote speakers have included luminaries such as Prof. Charles Townes, Prof. Yuri Raizer, Prof. Arthur Kantrowitz, Prof. Oleg Krokhin, Dr. Raymond Kidder, and Prof. Sadao Nakai.

    Our attendees are forefront specialists in the basic physics of laser-surface interactions, high-power lasers, materials science, femtosecond lasers and effects, beam propagation, beam forming, diagnostics and detection. We strive to provide a collegial atmosphere in which a wide array of specialists who might not otherwise meet can talk and learn from each other. All sessions are plenary, so that each attendee can hear all the oral papers. Two evenings of poster sessions are contemplated.

    Symposium Chair:

    Claude Phipps
    Photonic Associates, LLC
    Santa Fe (USA)

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