ICALEO 2015: Presentations on Laser Research and Applications that Cannot be Missed!

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While the opening and closing plenary sessions of the International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) are always a major draw, the invited papers that will be presented throughout the five-day conference are a treasure trove of novel laser research and applications.

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Some of the laser material interaction will look familiar, and the lasers will look familiar. But be prepared to be surprised.

ICALEO will take place in Atlanta, GA this year on Oct. 18-22, where about two dozen invited papers — presentations given special attention by conference and session chairs — are scheduled. Chaired for the first time by Silke Pflueger of DirectPhotonics, Pflueger is also joined by three other conference chairs: Laser Materials Processing Conference Chair Christoph Leyens, Laser Microprocessing Conference Chair Michelle Stock, and returning Nanomanufacturing Conference Chair Yongfeng Lu. With last year’s implementation of a peer-review process, ICALEO 2015 is yet again slated to be the premier conference for the latest in laser materials processing research and technology.

Laser Materials Processing
According to Leyens, “this year we can all look forward to presentations that expand the boundaries of laser processing with more powerful lasers, innovative hybrid processes, and laser applications that push the boundaries of what has been done and what can be done. Welding takes up a large share of the conference followed by surface modification including cladding and coating.”

Laser Microprocessing
As laser materials processing capabilities continue to develop, so do its more precise technologies in the laser microprocessing field. “Highlighted topics this year include applications in microelectronics and photovoltaic material processing, along with the growing application areas of surface engineering and laser processing of substrate and cover materials such as sapphire and glass,” says Stock.

As stated by Dr. Lu, “this conference will highlight research in emerging nanomanufacturing technologies in 3D micro/nanofabrication, laser spectroscopy and metrology, laser synthesis and diagnostics of carbon nanomaterial, expitaxial growth of graphene for optoelectronics, nanolithography, nanoscale thermal imaging, biophotonics, nanostructured surface coating, laser sintering and laser surface texturing.”

Additional Highlights
ICALEO’s opening and closing plenary sessions are always intriguing to attendees; this year’s congress will open with three talks spotlighting ICALEO’s newest addition to the family — biomedical applications — including a presentation from Ellen Townes-Anderson on “Welding” Nerve Cells Together with Laser Tweezers. “We are hoping to inspire you beyond your daily work, to show you what lasers are already doing for our health, and what they will be able to do for us in the future,” Pflueger explained. “Some of the laser material interaction will look familiar, and the lasers will look familiar. But be prepared to be surprised.”

Meanwhile, the annual Business Forum & Panel Discussion, led by LIA Past President Klaus Löffler of TRUMPF, Inc. and Bo Gu of BOS Photonics, is titled Advice from Experts on How to Successfully Start a Business Based on Lasers. This session will commence with a global outlook on the laser business today and will wrap up with personal insights from experienced business owners before allowing time for questions.

Another highlight of every ICALEO is the presentation of LIA’s Arthur L. Schawlow award, this year being bestowed upon EdgeWave founder Dr. Keming Du. With more than 100 published works and 70 patents and applications, his chief achievements include advancements in beam shaping and fiber coupling technology, micro glass processing and InnoSlab lasers and technology.

Attendees can also network with key industry players, LIA officials and peers from all sectors of the laser industry at the Sunday Welcome Celebration, Monday evening President’s Reception, the Tuesday night Vendor Reception, LIA’s morning running club and the Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Wednesday.

For more information about ICALEO, visit http://www.icaleo.org.

This press release was written as a collaboration of LIA authors including contributions from Geoff Giordano.

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