1. Solid State Lasers (SSL)
Novel laser material concepts. Growth, characterisation, and spectroscopic investigations of solid-state laser materials. Rare-earth-ion and transition-metal-ion lasers. Upconversion, tunable, and ultrafast solid-state lasers. Second and higher harmonic generation and optical parametric conversion of solid-state lasers. Modelling of solid-state lasers and resonators. Demonstration of novel pump sources and resonator geometries. Thermal and thermo-optical effects in solid-state lasers. High-power, diode-pumped, and ultra-stable systems. Non-linear materials. Non-linear optical sources. Metrology applications. Optically-pumped semiconductor lasers. Mid-infrared sources and materials
2. Fibre and Waveguide Devices (FWD)
Novel fibre and waveguide concepts. Fibre materials, fabrication, and characterisation. CW and pulsed fibre lasers. Bragg-grating fibre lasers. Amplification in doped fibres. Waveguide fabrication and characterisation. Waveguide lasers and amplifiers. Rare-earth doped amplifiers. Raman amplifiers. High-power fibre and waveguide lasers. Power-scaling concepts for fibre and waveguide lasers. Ultrafast fibre and waveguide sources. Photonic crystal and fibre light sources. Waveguided broadband and super-continuum light sources. Non-linear materials. Non-linear optical sources. Microcavity lasers.
3. Half Day Special Symposium “Lasers for Space”
Space is providing some of the greatest opportunities and challenges in Photonics, particularly in the areas of optical communications, laser telemetry and sensing. Optical communications in space strive for higher bandwidth and security, with applications from low-orbit satellite data transfer to the coverage of deep-space missions. Laser telemetry tackles practical and critical issues such as satellite and space debris monitoring, orbiting around the earth as well as around the moon and beyond, as well as testing fundamental physics. Higher-power lasers are also invited with various long-term prospects, such as space debris reduction and lightweight spacecraft acceleration, implying different major challenges according to whether they are operated from earth or within space.
The EUROPHOTON 2020 conference welcomes submissions directed to the Special Symposium part “Lasers for Space.
4. One Day and a Half Summer School:
– SS1: “Power scaling of lasers”
– SS2: “Double-clad fibers for high-power fiber lasers”
– SS3: “Diamond optics and lasers”
– SS4: “Short pulse generation in fiber lasers”
– SS5: “Ultrashort pulse characterization”
– SS6: “Progress in optical parametric oscillators”