JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, Arizona, 85745, USA
Technical Conference: 19-23 October 2014
Exhibition: 21-22 October 2014

Special Symposia

Symposium Welcome Remarks
Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Optical Sciences
Symposium on Laser Particle Acceleration and Novel Acceleration Methods
Symposium on 50 Years of Lasers in Ophthalmology and the New ANSI Safety Standard
Symposium on Radiation Reaction in Ultra-High Intensity Lasers
Symposium on Translational Biophotonics – Focus on Cancer
Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Optical Sciences

Organizer: Tom Koch, University of Arizona, USA

Sunday, 19 October
16:00 - 18:30

Arizona Ballroom, Salons 1-6
This 50th Anniversary Symposium will include a brief tour through the history of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, leading to talks that capture how the seeds planted 50 years ago by Aden Meinel have blossomed into today’s vibrant collection of research endeavors. 

Jonathan RothschildWelcoming remarks will be given by the Honorable Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of the City of Tucson (Invited and Scheduled to attend).

Symposium Keynote: A Brief History of the College of Optical Sciences, James C. Wyant; University of Arizona, USA


Invited Speakers:
  • Image Science at OSC, Harrison H. Barrett; University of Arizona, USA
  • BIomedical Optics at OSC, Jennifer Barton; University of Arizona, USA
  • Fabrication & Metrology of Large Optics at OSC, Jim Burge; University of Arizona, USA
  • Atoms and Photons: One Perspective on Quantum Optics at the College of Optical Sciences, Poul Jessen; University of Arizona, USA
  • Semiconductor Physics at the Optical Sciences Center, Stephan Koch; Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany
  • The Force Law of Classical Electrodynamics: Lorentz versus Einstein and Laub, Masud Mansuripur; University of Arizona, USA
  • Photonics at OSC, Nasser Peyghambarian; University of Arizona, USA

Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Organizer: Harold Metcalf,Stony Brook Univ., USA

Monday, 20 October
12:00 - 18:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salon D


This special DLS annual symposium started in 2001 and has rapidly become one of the most successful DLS traditions. During the past several years the number of undergraduates presenting papers has grown from only 10 to more than 40, and the talks have been of outstanding quality, some absolutely stellar. Last year's posters were outstanding as well, and generated a great deal of lively interest and on-the-spot discussion. This year's symposium will consist of afternoon poster and oral sessions. The event provides an opportunity for some of the student members of our community, who are already among the finest young scientists to be found anywhere, to present their work before an audience of their peers as well as the larger optics community. All are invited and encouraged to attend the session.  For more information on the Laser Science Undergraduate Symposium visit the APS page.

Symposium on Translational Biophotonics – Focus on Cancer

Organizers: Melissa Skala, Vanderbilt University, USA; Bernard Choi, University of California, Irivine, USA and Nozomi Nishimura, Cornell University, USA

Monday, 20 October
13:30 - 15:30
Tucson Ballroom, Salon A


Optical tools have great potential for innovation in pathology and diagnostics. New imaging modalities, contrast mechanisms and design improvements could enable novel ways of diagnosing, treating and monitoring cancer. In addition, optical technologies are entering the operating room and clinic as in situ diagnostics. As research tools, optical technologies are enabling the measurement of function such as metabolism or tissue perfusion and new developments make it possible to use access, visualize and treat anatomy previously unreachable. Novel methods providing chemical information may also change how pathologists look at cancer.  Optical technologies are attractive for probing cancer because they provide unique insight into tumor physiology, and are low cost platforms for clinical translation. This symposium will showcase promising optical technologies in cancer research and oncology that are at various stages of clinical translation.

Invited Speakers:
  • Knowledge of the Principles of Oxygen Transport in Solid Cancers Enables Translational Decisions, Mark Dewhirst; Duke University, USA
  • What Can We Learn About Cancer Therapy from Single Cell Tracking, Charles Lin; Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
  • Molecular and Metabolic Imaging of Tumors to inform Therapeutic Interventions, Narasimhan Rajaram; Duke University, USA
  • Preclinical and Clinical Chemotherapy Response Monitoring with Diffuse Optical Technologies, Darren Roblyer; Boston University, USA

Symposium on 50 Years of Lasers in Ophthalmology and the New ANSI Safety Standard

Organizer: Brian Vohnsen, University College Dublin, Ireland

Wednesday, 22 October
08:00 - 11:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salon A


The first use of a ruby laser to destroy a retinal tumor was realized by Charles J. Campbell in 1961, but the clinical breakthrough on the ophthalmic use of lasers for photocoagulation to prevent retinal detachment was reported by Milton Flocks and Christian Zweng in 1964. In this symposium, historical highlights on the use of lasers in ophthalmology will be given alongside state-of-the-art in the current ophthalmic use of lasers and corresponding safety limits.

Invited Speakers:
  • The Limits of Human Vision, Josef Bille, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Lasers in Retinal Imaging, Stephen A. Burns; Indiana University, USA
  • Laser Technologies Enhancing OCT Performance, Wolfgang Drexler; Medical University Vienna, Austria
  • The ANSI 2014 Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, Francois Delori, Schepens Eye Research Institute, USA
  • Application of Second Harmonic Generation Imaging for Visualization of the Characteristics of Corneal Stromal Collagen in Normal and Diseased Eyes, Naoyuki Morishige; Yamaguchi University, Japan

Symposium on Laser Particle Acceleration and Novel Acceleration Methods

Organizer: Laszlo Veisz, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, Germany and Cameron Geddes, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA

Wednesday, 22 October
13:30 - 18:00
Arizona Ballroom, Salon 12


2014 is the tenth anniversary of the first generation of quasi-monoenergetic electron spectra from laser wakefield acceleration. This achievement has given a significant boost to the development of compact laser plasma acceleration as well as alternative laser-driven acceleration scenarios such as electron acceleration in vacuum by laser or THz fields producing high energies and ultra-short pulses. The rapid evolution of these sources has made them a competing alternative to conventional accelerators by extending their properties and opening up novel application fields from light sources to energy frontier physics. Contributions are sought that explore these laser-based electron accelerators.

Invited Speakers:
  • Laser Accelerator on a Chip (>300MeV/m): A Path to TeV Energy Scale Physics and Table Top Coherent X-rays, Robert Byer; Stanford University, USA
  • Multi-GeV Laser-plasma Electron Accelerators, Mike Downer; University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Development of a High Repetition Rate Laser-plasma Accelerator for Application to Ultrafast Electron Diffraction, Jérôme Faure; LOA-ENSTA, France
  • Dielectric Laser Acceleration -- From the Proof-of-concept Experiment with Non-relativistic Electrons to Future Applications, Peter Hommelhoff; Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen, Germany
  • Optimized Photonic Structures for GV/M Laser Acceleration of Electrons, James Rosenzweig; University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Electron Acceleration Experiments by Using a Density-tapered Capillary Plasma Source, Hyong Suk; GIST, Korea
  • Multi-GeV Laser Plasma Accelerators Using Plasma Waveguides and Integration of Multiple Acceleration Modules, Joroen van Tilborg, LBNL, USA

Symposium on Radiation Reaction in Ultra-High Intensity Lasers

Organizers: Richard T. Hammond, US Army Research Office and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA and
Natalia M. Litchinitser, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA

Thursday, 23 October
08:00 - 15:45
Tucson Ballroom, Salon A


By 1905 the problem of  radiation reaction in electrodynamics appeared in Abraham's book on the theory of electricity. In 1938 Dirac derived his famous relativistic equation for the equation of motion with radiation reaction, but it gave the infamous unphysical runaway solutions. Landau and Lifshitz used a perturbative form of Dirac's equation that gave sensible results. Since then there have been a number of theories of radiation reaction and the equation of motion, but the physics community has not generally accepted any one approach as correct. Today, with laser intensities already surpassing 10^{22}W cm^{-2} and higher expected in the near future, radiation reaction is a pressing problem. This symposium hopes to bring theoreticians and experimentalists together to find ways to test various theories of radiation reaction.

Invited Speakers:
  • High Repetition Rate kJ-class Nanosecond to Femtosecond Lasers, Todd Ditmire; University of Texas, Austin, USA
  • Radiation Reaction and the Quantum Langevin Equation, George Ford; University of Michigan, USA
  • Probing Radiation-Reaction in the igh Acceleration Regime, Yaron Hadad; University of Arizona, USA
  • Solid-Density Experiments for Laser-Based Thomson Scattering: Approaching the Radiation Dominated Regime, John Nees; University of Michigan, USA
  • Tutorial: Review of the Ford-O'Connell Results on Radiation Reaction in Electrodynamics, Robert O’Connell; Louisiana State University, USA
  • Tutorial: Nonlinear Radiation Effects with Filaments - Inside and Outside, Martin Richardson; University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA
  • Radiation Reaction of Relativistic Electrons Scattered by Relativistic Intensity Light, Donald Umstadter; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
  • Radiation Reaction and Ultra-high Intensity Lasers, Sheldon Wu; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA









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