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Annual Laser conference to be held in Coventry in UK

Programme to focus on latest advances in high power diode lasers

Xmark Media, the organisers of the Enlighten Conference, co-located with the PHOTONEX 2015, the UK's showcase photonics exhibition, has announced that the annual meeting on High Power Diode Lasers & Systems (www.hpdls.org) will be held on 14th and 15th October 2015 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

"This is an exciting time for high-power diode lasers, with advances being made in brightness, beam combining and the development of kW-class direct diode lasers for industrial applications," said Eric Larkins, chair of the Technical Programme Committee and professor of optoelectronics at the University of Nottingham.  

Adding: "Having seen an increase in delegate numbers year on year, we are delighted that we are holding this event for the eighth time alongside the UK's premier networking/showcasing event for photonics research and technology."

The presentations will touch on many of the latest developments including advances in high-power GaN lasers operating in the blue-green spectral region and progress in high power quantum cascade lasers at the other end of the spectral range (THz to mid-IR).

"Both short and long wavelength lasers will result in the development of new technologies and open new markets. At the same time, progress continues on the development of kW class direct diode laser systems operating in the near infrared, with exciting new applications emerging in selective laser melting and other additive manufacturing processes," said Larkins.

The invited speakers have been selected to highlight some of these developments and the organisers have also arranged a tour of the nearby Manufacturing Technology Centre (one of Innovate UK's technology catapults) where work is being undertaken to develop advanced laser-based manufacturing processes.

HPDLS is organised by the Scottish Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society and is co-sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society.

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