Technical Conference:
13 – 18 May 2018
15 – 17 May 2018

2017 Plenary Speakers

The 2017 CLEO Plenary Sessions


Christopher Contag, Stanford University, USA 

Insertable, Implantable and Wearable Micro-optical Devices for the Early Detection of Cancer
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Optical imaging tools image over a range of scales from macro- to nanoscopic resolution and can provide molecular sensitivity and cellular level resolution. Developments in the field of optical imaging will be useful in informing diagnosis, prognosis and therapy, and for guiding biopsies for multiparameter molecular analyses.

Ataç İmamoğluETH Zurich, Switzerland

Polaritons in Two-dimensional Electron Systems
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Cavity-polaritons have emerged as an exciting platform for studying interacting bosons in a driven-dissipative setting.  In this talk, I will present cavity spectroscopy of gate-tunable monolayer MoSe2 hosting a degenerate electron gas and exhibiting strongly bound exciton-polaron resonances, as well as non-perturbative coupling to a single microcavity.

Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Ultrafast Solid-state Lasers:  A Success Story with no End in Sight
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This talk will review and give an outlook on ultrafast solid-state lasers based on SESAMs for passive modelocking. The thin disk laser geometry for efficient heat removal is currently the most successful approach for power scaling of diode-pumped ion-doped solid-state and semiconductor lasers. Different gain materials, different performance parameters and different modelocking dynamics require different SESAM parameters. Novel optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers with fully integrated gain and absorber layers (i.e. MIXSEL) give full wavelength flexibility, simple linear cavities and can easily be operated in a dual comb mode.  These lasers enable many application ranging from precision micromachining, frequency metrology and nonlinear microscopy.

Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Gravitational Wave Detectors of the Future: Beyond the First LIGO Discoveries
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In February 2016, scientists announced the first ever detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, launching a new era of gravitational wave astronomy and unprecedented tests of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Searching for fainter or more distant sources requires ever greater sensitivity for the laser interferometric detectors that made these first discoveries. I will describe current efforts to improve the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors and their prospects for future discoveries.

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