Programme Organisation
Prof John Marsh (Co-chair)
Professor of Optoelectronic Systems, University of Glasgow, UK
Prof Eric Larkins (Co-chair)
Professor of Optoelectronics,  University of Nottingham, UK
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Technical Programme Committee
Martin Traub, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Germany.
Dr Paul Crump, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Germany
Dr Robin Huang, Forward Photonics LLC., USA
Michel Krakowski, III-V Lab, France
Prof Gaelle Lucas-Leclin, CNRS-Institut d’Optique, Paris.
Dr Stewart McDougall, TRUMPF Photonics, Inc., USA
Prof Marc Sorel, University of Glasgow, UK


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Invited Speakers at HPDLS 2015



speckProf. Jim Speck, University of California at Santa Barbara, “Progress and prospects for high-power blue lasers on nonpolar and semipolar GaN.”

Affiliated Centers
Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors; Executive Committee Member of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center; Steering Committee Member of the International Center for Materials Research; Executive Committee Member of the Center for Energy Efficient Materials.

James Speck’s research on semiconductors emphasizes relationships between thin film electronic materials growth, microstructure and physical properties. Together with colleagues at the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, Speck researches group III nitrides as an enabling material in a new generation of high efficiency solar materials. His experimental work focuses on MOCVD (metal-organic chemical vapor deposition) or MBE (molecular beam epitaxy) growth of wide bandgap nitrides coupled with structural characterization by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy. Additional activities address growth, microstructure and defect reduction in highly misfitting thin film semiconductors and epitaxial films of oxides and ferroelectrics.

James S. Speck is a Professor in the Materials Department at the University of California Santa Barbara. He received his B.S.M.E. degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983 and his S.M. and Sc.D. in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1989, respectively. At UCSB, his early work focused on epitaxial oxide films on semiconductors, ferroelectric thin films, and strain relaxation in highly misfitting epitaxial systems. He has worked extensively on the materials science of GaN and related alloys. Major aspects of his work on nitrides include elucidating basic growth modes and defect generation, the development of MBE growth of GaN, and the development of nonpolar and semipolar GaN. Speck received the Quantum Device Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors in 2007, he was named an inaugural MRS Fellow in 2008, and received the JJAP Best Paper Award in 2008. In 2009 he received became an APS Fellow. In 2010 he will receive the IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award for his work on nonpolar and semipolar GaN-based materials and devices. In 2007, Speck and his longtime collaborators founded Santa Barbara-based start-up companies Kaai and Soraa to commercialize their work on nonpolar and semipolar nitrides. Speck has over 550 publications in the referred archival literature.


HinkeChristian Hinke, Rapid Manufacturing Group, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, “Selective Laser Melting for Additive Manufacturing: Perspectives for Diode Lasers.”

Invited speakers continued/

Dr. Martin Hempel, Max Born Institute, Germany – “Failure mechanisms of high power diode lasers – intrinsic versus external feedback induced.”
Dr. Andre Eltze, Laserline, Germany – “kW Class diode laser technology and beam quality converters”
Dr. Robin Huang, Vice President, Teradiode Ltd, USA – “Recent progress on high-brightness kW-class direct diode lasers.”
Dr. Heiko Kissel, DILAS Diodenlaser, Germany – “Fiber-coupled laser diode reliability — impact of feedback on diode life time and failure modes.”
Dr. Andreas Klehr, Ferdinand Braun Institute, Germany – “High power pulsed diode lasers.”
Dr. Victor Rossin, Head of Diode R&D, Lumentum, USA – “High Power, High brightness diode lasers for kW laser systems.”
Prof. Karl Unterrainer, Director, Photonics Institute, Vienna University Technology, Austria – “High-power THz quantum cascade lasers.”
Dr. Yuji Yamagata, Optoenergy Inc. – “Performance and reliability of high power, high brightness 8xx-9xxnm semiconductor laser diodes.”
Dr. Hagen Zimer, Group Manager, High Power Diode Lasers, TRUMPF Laser GmbH, Germany – “Spectrally stabilized and combined diode lasers.”


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Key dates

05/09/2017 – Deadline for Poster Submissions
22/09/2017 – Notification of acceptance
12/10/2017 – Conference Opens

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Conference Organiser

Scottish Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society.