New London, CT and Moscow, Russia, August 2, 2004--Optics and photonics conferences are often one of two types--large and containing exhibits, or smaller and devoted entirely to the science and technology. An example of the latter is the Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLS) conference, held every second or third year. The latest in this series is TDLS 2005, which will meet in Florence, Italy.
First held in Moscow, Russia in 1995 and 1998, the conference moved to Zermatt, Switzerland in 2001 and 2003. TDLS 2005 is organized by Connecticut College (New London, CT) and by the General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia). The conference co-chairs are Arlan Mantz, a professor at Connecticut College ([email protected]) and Alexander Nadezhdinskii, a professor at General Physics Institute ([email protected]).
The meeting will bring together scientists who use tunable semiconductor lasers in their research and scientists and engineers who develop new types of tunable semiconductor lasers. The objective is to get these two groups of individuals to communicate their needs--usually spectroscopic--and discuss what is technically feasible from the device point of view.
The scientific program covers a broad field of modern theoretical and experimental semiconductor-laser spectroscopy. The conference schedule will include invited lectures, short oral presentations, and poster sessions. Two sessions will be held each day except Friday, which will be one-half day. Topics will include presentations describing new devices (quantum-cascade lasers, distributed-feedback lasers, tunable diode lasers, and so on), new techniques and technology, fundamental spectroscopy, diagnostic and process monitoring, and environmental monitoring, including the results of balloon and airborne measurements.
One day will be devoted to technical presentations by industrial sponsors. These presentations are restricted to descriptions of industrial developments. This session is organized by Peter Werle ([email protected]). Anyone interested in being an industrial sponsor should contact Werle directly. Previous industrial sponsors have included Canberra Aquila, EKIPS Technologies, Laser Components Group, Sacher Lasertechnik Group, Aerodyne Research, Toptica Photonics, nanoplus Nanosystems, Aero Laser, Alpes Lasers SA, and Messer Griesheim GmbH.
TDLS 2005 is scheduled for 11-15 July 2005 in Florence, Italy. Interested individuals should consult the conference web site (TDLS.conncoll.edu) and register to receive further electronic announcements for the meeting. The conference hotel is the Hotel Demidoff located in the hills surrounding Florence.