International Conference on Laser Ablation31 August - 4 September 2015 | Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Welcome to COLA-2015

The 13th Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA-2015)
Cairns, Australia, 31 August – 4 September 2015

Laser ablation encompasses a wide range of processes of laser interaction with matter, from delicate atomic motion in transient states to acceleration of particles to extreme energies. These processes present many challenging problems for scientists to study and understand. At the same time, laser ablation is of significant commercial importance in material processing, constituting today a multi-billion dollar industry. These topics, together with new emerging physics of laser interaction with matter and its applications for laser modification of material properties will be widely addressed at the 13th International Conference on Laser Ablation to be held in Cairns, Australia on 31 August – 4 September 2015.

Conference topics:

Fundamentals of Laser-Material Interactions

  • Theory, models and simulations
  • Long, short and ultrashort pulse interaction with materials

Ultrafast Phenomena and Phase Transformations

  • Phenomena induced by ultra-short laser pulses; pump-probe studies
  • Laser-induced non-equilibrium states of matter, Warm Dense Matter (WDM); interaction in confined conditions

Emerging Trends in Photoexcitations and New Applications

  • Attosecond pulses, sub-cycle pulses, and related phenomena
  • Tunable laser sources (near- to mid-infrared, soft x-rays – high-harmonic generation)
  • Interaction of terahertz pulses with matter
  • X-ray laser pulses, Interaction of X-ray Free Electron Laser (X-FEL) pulses with matter
  • Hollow atoms – X-ray transparency and related phenomena

Laser-based Analytical methods

  • LIBS; Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICPMS)
  • Diagnostics; Laser spectroscopy; MALDI
  • Spectrally resolved femtosecond microscopy

Pulsed Laser Ablation and Deposition

  • Theory, models and simulations
  • Film production and combinatorial PLD
  • Direct synthesis of functional materials – graphene-based materials and other 2D materials
  • Laser ablation in liquids

Promising New Laser and Optical Technologies

  • Applications in industry; biotechnology; photonics and biophotonics; lithography and printing, surface patterning
  • Laser cleaning (including laser in heritage conservation), laser annealing, modification
  • 3D structuring and prototyping; 3D photonics; laser sintering in 3D printing
  • Laser processing with specially designed light beams (optical vortices, sculptured beams, and related phenomena)

Lasers in Nanoscience – Photonic Fabrication at Nanometer Scale

  • Clusters, nanoparticles, nanodots, nanowires and fomation
  • Nanoscale characterization – SNOM microscopy; near-field spectroscopy (NFS); Raman SNOM

Laser Interactions with Organic and Biological Materials

  • Laser processing of organic and bio-materials
  • Laser micro- and nano-surgery of cells and tissues, laser-based modification techniques (cross-linking, photo-polymerization)

Laser ablation continues to grow and evolve, touching forefront areas in science and driving new technological trends in laser processing applications.  New processes that are producing novel types of nanostructures and nano-materials with unusual and promising properties will be presented and discussed in details.  Laser processes for delicately manipulating living cells or modifying their internal structure with unprecedented degrees of control and precision will also be shown.  The attendees will learn about short-pulse lasers that are driving extreme physical processes on record-fast time scales are opening new directions for material processing applications.

Each of the 16 sessions has one invited (30 min) plus four oral (15 min each) presentations or six oral presentations.  There will be no parallel sessions. Poster presentations are considered a very important vehicle for discussion and exchanges among participants and will be distributed in three evening poster sessions.