Professor Jean-Claude Diels presents at OSA Siegman School in Barcelona

August 11, 2016 - Sharon Steely

OSA Siegman School 2016

Jean-Claude Diels, UNM Professor of Physics and Astronomy and CHTM Faculty Member, recently presented at the OSA Foundation's Siegman International School on Lasers, held July  24 - 29, 2016. The annual event was hosted this year by The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain. Diels is a Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNM, and a CHTM faculty member. 

The Siegman International School is a week-long program, co-founded by the OSA Foundation and IPG Photonics, to provide up to 100 graduate students from around the world the opportunity for in-depth learning of lasers and their applications from internationally recognized academic and industry leaders in the field. The scope includes all aspects of lasers and photonics.

The school was established in honor of Anthony E. Siegman, 1999 OSA President, founding board member of The OSA Foundation and widely known expert on lasers and optics.

ICFO, the host institute

As described at the ICFO website:

Professor Jean-Claude Diels

Jean-Claude Diels

ICFO is a young research institution that aims to advance the very limits of knowledge in Photonics, the science and technology of harnessing Light. ICFO's research thrusts target the global forefront of photonics, and aim to tackle important challenges faced by society at large.

Professor Lluis Torner, the Director of ICFO, personally thanked Professor Diels for the honor of his participation in the school and for his “outstanding presentations.” He also thanked Professor Diels for sharing his knowledge with “all the graduate students that met at ICFO for the Seigman School to advance their education and learn about laser science and technology, recent advances and applications."

Co-founders of the Siegman School

The Optical Society (OSA), based in Washington, DC, is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, whose members include accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light. OSA celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding this year.

In keeping with its mission to promote the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics, The Optical Society (OSA) established the OSA Foundation in 2002 to carry out a wide range of charitable activities. The OSA Foundation provides quality programs that enable students to become the next generation of optics leaders and innovators.

IPG Photonics is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers for diverse applications in numerous markets. IPG Photonics' diverse lines of low, medium and high-power lasers and amplifiers are used in materials processing, communications, entertainment, medical, biotechnology, scientific and advanced applications. Their website states, "Our products are displacing traditional technologies in many current applications and enabling new applications for lasers." IPG is a global company with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Germany, Russia and Italy.

From the Seigman School 2016, all images © ICFO, R. Josa: