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Siegman International School on Lasers 2015

From August 2-7 82 international students and 10 distinguished invited speakers from more than 30 countries met at the "Amberger Congress Centrum" in the framework of the "Siegman International School on Lasers". This internationally renowned summer school was hosted by MPL and organized in cooperation with the Optical Society (OSA). The week-long program exposed students to in-depth learning of lasers and photonics, with regard to both basic research and applications.

The participants, all of them being excellent young researchers (PhD or Masters students), were selected from more than 100 applications through a rigorous selection procedure.With over 19 000 members OSA is the world leading optical society. Its current president, Philip Russell, who is a director at MPL and holds the Alfried-Krupp-von-Bohlen und Halbach Chair at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), acted as Siegman School Program Co-Chair, together with FAU professor Nicolas Joly.

The school was established in honour of the laser pioneer Prof. Anthony E. "Tony" Siegman who passed away in 2011 and takes place every year at varying locations. Tony Siegman made significant contributions to the scientific community and inspired many students through his passion for teaching. He was also personally closely connected to MPL, not least as a member of the institute's Scientific Advisory Board.The school program consisted of lectures, poster presentations by the students and a visit to the laboratories at MPL. In addition, the event offered many opportunities for intense scientific exchange between all participants.

All invited speakers are internationally recognised academic and industry leaders in their fields. Topics ranged from different types of lasers such as ultrashort pulse (fibre) lasers, disk lasers, semiconductor lasers and large-scale research facilities such as the Free Electron Laser to biomedical applications such as optical super-resolution microscopy and optical sensors on a chip.

A special highlight was the introductory lecture given by Prof. Dr. Marlan Scully about the history and the quantum theory of the laser.

Further information about the Siegman School.

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