Bojan Resan, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
Semiconductor lasers continue to pave the way towards practical use in numerous applications. Many scientific ideas are on the horizon, but many challenges remain to be solved. Semiconductor lasers are a large and fruitful field and capture the largest share of the commercial laser market. We will review the recent developments in optically pumped VECSELs (semiconductor disc lasers), edge emitters, and their applications. Particular focus will be devoted to devices operating in challenging wavelength regions, efficient wavelength conversion architectures, boundaries for power scaling and ultrashort pulse generation.
Mircea Guina, Optoelectronics Research Centre, Finland
Nils Hempler, M Squared Lasers, UK
Peter Skovgaard, Norlase ApS, Denmark