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

Special Symposia

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 the 50th Anniversary of Optical Sciences
Symposium on Radiation Reaction in Ultra-High Intensity Lasers
Symposium on Translational Biophotonics – Focus on Cancer
Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Symposium on Laser Particle Acceleration and Novel Acceleration Methods

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

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:
  • Robert Byer; Stanford University, USA
  • Mike Downer; University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Jérôme Faure; LOA-ENSTA, France
  • Peter Hommelhoff; Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen, Germany
  • J. Rosenzweig; University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Hyong Suk; GIST, Korea

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

Organizer: Brian Vohnsen, University College Dublin, Ireland

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:
  • Josef Bille, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Stephen A. Burns; Indiana University, USA
  • Wolfgang Drexler; Medical University Vienna, Austria
  • Francois Delori, Schepens Eye Research Institute, USA
  • Naoyuki Morishige; Yamaguchi University, Japan

Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Optical Sciences

Organizer: Tom Koch, University of Arizona, USA

Sunday, 19 October
16:00 - 18:00

This symposium will be a featured History of Optics Valley.  The symposium will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Department of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona and achievements made during this time period.

Invited Speakers
  • Brian Anderson; University of Arizona, USA
  • Jack Jewell; Independent, USA
  • Poul Jessen; University of Arizona, USA
  • Stephan Koch; Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany
  • Masud Mansuripur; University of Arizona, USA
  • Nasser Peyghambarian; University of Arizona, 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

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:
  • Todd Ditmire; University of Texas, Austin, USA
  • George Ford; University of Michigan, USA
  • Yaron Hadad; Technion Institute of Technology, Isreal
  • Fred V. Hartemann; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • John Nees; University of Michigan, USA
  • Robert O’Connell; University of Missouri St. Louis, USA
  • Martin Richardson; University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA
  • Fritz Rohrlich; Syracuse University, USA
  • Phillip Sprangle; University of Maryland, USA
  • Donald Umstadter; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

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

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:
  • 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, Nimmi Ramanujam; Duke University, USA
  • Preclinical and Clinical Chemotherapy Response Monitoring with Diffuse Optical Technologies, Darren Roblyer; Boston University, USA


Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Organizer: Harold Metcalf,Stony Brook Univ., USA

This special DLS annual symposium started in 2001 and has rapidlybecome 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.





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