Advanced Solid State Lasers Program


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. View the complete description. 

Program Committee

Benoit Boulanger, Université Grenoble Alpes, France, General Chair
Shibin Jiang, AdValue Photonics, Inc., USA, General Chair
Takunori Taira, Institute for Molecular Science, Japan, General Chair
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Plenary Speaker

Robert L. Byer, Stanford University, USA 

Advanced Solid State Lasers for LIGO - Einstein, Lasers, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

Abstract: 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 is a brief story of lasers and LIGO and the direct detection of gravitational waves.
Dr. Robert L. Byer has served as President of  The American Physical Society, of the Optical Society of America and of the IEEE LEOS.  He has served as Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford.  He has been Chair of the Department of Applied Physics, Director of the Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory and Director of the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory. He is a founding member of the California Council on Science and Technology and served as Chair from 1995-1999.  He was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2002-2006 and has been a member of the National Ignition Facility since 2000.
Robert L. Byer has conducted research and taught classes in lasers and nonlinear optics at Stanford University since 1969.  He has made extraordinary contributions to laser science and technology including the demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, the development of the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser, remote sensing using tunable infrared sources and precision spectroscopy using Coherent Anti Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS).  Crent research includes precision laser measurements in support of the detection of gravitational waves and laser “Accelerator on a chip”.

Invited Speakers

Mark Dubinskii, US Army Research Lab, USA
Alicia Duran, Spain Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, Spain
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Hiromasa Ito, Riken, Japan
Robert  Norwood, University of Arizona, USA
Irina Sorokina, Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige University, Norway
David Spence, Macquarie University, Australia
Liangbi Su, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
Akira Yoshikawa, Tohoku University, Japan

Evgeny Dianov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
Uwe Griebner, Max Born Institute, Germany
Xiaoyan Liang, Shanghai Institute of Optics & Fine Mechanics, China
Katsumi Midorikawa, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Japan
Kaoru Minoshima, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Brendan Reagan, Colorado State University, USA
Jan Rothhardt, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Roy Taylor, Imperial College, UK