Day 1 :
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Time : 11:00-11:45
Apollonov V V is the leading specialist in the area of basic principles of creation and development of high power laser systems and high power laser radiationrninteraction with matter. He has made an outstanding input into creation and development of new branches of science - physical and technical fundamentals of high rnpower laser optics and adaptive optics, investigation of physical processes in a high volume self-controlled volume discharges, creation of high power continuousrnwave, pulsed and high repetition rate pulse-periodic laser systems, high intensity laser radiation interaction with matter, high power laser application for an effectivernprotection of valuable objects and water surface cleaning from oil films, medical applications for UV lasers. He is the author of more than 1160 publications, 14rnbooks, 350 presentations and 144 patents. (from Research Gate). He is a high profile scientist and well known around all over the world, for more than 40 years ofrnhis international scientific activity, he has participated and organized more than 56 international conferences, symposiums and workshops, prepared more than 32rncandidates and doctors of physics and mathematics. He is the General Director of “Energomashtechnika” Ltd. He is the member of European and American PhysicalrnSociety, SPIE, AIAA, American Society for QE and the member of specialized scientific council of Russia. He is a full member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciencernand Academy of Engineering Sciences, member of the Presidium RANS. He is the laureate of State Prize of USSR (1982) and of Russia (2002).
Theoretical and experimental problems of high power high repetition rate pulse-periodical laser development will be presented in the talk. New challenges for high power high repetition rate pulse-periodical lasers and very important new areas of application will be highlighted. Important advantages of the scalable mono-module disk geometry will be discussed.
University of Central Florida, USA
Keynote: Ultrabroadband mid-IR frequency combs for sensitive molecular detection: frequency-divide-and-conquer approach
Time : 11:45-12:30
Konstantin L. Vodopyanov obtained his MS degree from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Phys-Tech) and accomplished his PhD and DSc (Habilitation) in the Oscillations Lab. of Lebedev Physical Inst. and General Physics Inst. correspondingly. He was an assistant professor at Moscow Phys-Tech (1985-90), Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bayreuth, Germany (1990-92), and a Royal Society postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Imperial College, London, UK (1992-98). After working for 5 years in laser industry he returned to Academia (Stanford University, 2003-2013) and is now a Chair Professor of Optics at CREOL, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. Central Florida. Dr. Vodopyanov is a Fellow of APS, OSA, SPIE, and the UK Institute of Physics (IOP). He has > 325 technical publications and is member of program committees for several major laser conferences including CLEO (most recent, General Chair in 2010) and Photonics West (Conference Chair). His research interests include nonlinear optics, laser spectroscopy, mid-IR and terahertz-wave generation, ultra broadband frequency combs and their biomedical applications.
I will present a new technique for extending frequency combs to the highly desirable mid-IR ‘molecular fingerprint’ spectral range. The technique is based on subharmonic optical parametric oscillation (OPO) in quasi-phase-matched GaAs crystal. This process can be considered as a reverse of the second harmonic generation: the frequency comb of a pump laser (Tm-fiber 2-µm laser or Cr:ZnS 2.4-µm laser) is transposed to half of its central frequency and simultaneously spectrally augmented to more than an octave, thanks to the enormous gain bandwidth near OPO degeneracy and cross-coupling between the laser and the OPO frequency comb lines. With this source we demonstrate massively-parallel trace detection of molecular mixtures and achieve part-per-billion sensitivity levels. Our present focus is both biomedical and security applications of mid-IR spectral combs.