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

The History of COLA

Conference On Laser Ablation (COLA), established more than 20 years ago, serves as a platform to bring together researchers, applied scientists, engineers and students for exchanging ideas and results on the fundamentals and applications of intense laser-matter interactions. In the beginning, the COLA series set its major focus on the process of laser ablation, material removal by an intense laser beam focused on a sample surface, and on the applications of this effect in science, industry and medicine. Laser-material processing ,based on the results of these studies, is nowadays a multi-billion dollar industry.

Presently, the Conference realm is extended far away from the ablation process itself, to deal with interactions confined in the bulk of different materials, formation of 3D structures for photonics, creation of nanostructures in different media, generation of extreme conditions by short powerful laser pulses leading to formation of novel materials, etc. Laser–matter interactions now include gentle and well-controlled modifications and handling of bio-objects (cells and macromolecules).

Recently emerged new lasers systems of sub-cycle and attosecond pulse duration and sculptured laser beams set novel challenges in the understanding of the fundamental interactions with matter, entering into the domains of atomic space and time scales. On the other hand, free-electron lasers open new pathways for material modification and diagnostics on the nanometer space scale and on the femtosecond and subfemtosecond time scale in the x-ray spectral range.

COLA-2015 continues the tradition initiated at the 1991 venue in Oak Ridge (USA) and the 1993 Conference in Knoxwille (USA), and strengthened at successive biannual meetings in Strasbourg (France, 1995), Monterey (USA, 1997), Göttingen (Germany, 1999), Tsukuba (Japan, 2001), Crete (Greece, 2003), Banff (Canada, 2005), Tenerife (Spain, 2007), Singapore (2009), Playa del Carmen (Mexico, 2011) and Ischia (Italy, 2013). COLA-2015 will further highlight forefront application areas in pulsed laser deposition, nanoscience, analytical methods, materials, and micro-processing applications.

We envisage that the emerging fundamental aspects and applications of laser-matter interactions should be harmoniously combined in the program of the COLA-2015 to be held in Cairns, Australia on 31 August – 4 September 2015. The program is multi-disciplinary by nature, including laser electro-magnetic field interaction with different material structures in a wide range of intensity, wavelength and pulse duration, and a broad scope of chemical, solid-state physics and biological aspects of laser-induced material transformations.