February 2013 Newsletter

In this Issue:

Editor’s Note

Amy SpiveyWelcome to the February 2013 Division of Laser Science (DLS) Newsletter! The Table of Contents shown above illustrates the wide variety of information contained in this issue of the newsletter. Thank you for taking the time to stay informed about recent and upcoming events and issues that affect members of the APS Division of Laser Science. Feel free to contact me with comments, questions, or items for inclusion in the next newsletter, which should come out in July or August.

Amy VanEngen Spivey, editor

From the Division Chair

Dear DLS Members,

Henry Kapteyn2012 was a banner year for optical and laser science, following on the heels of the 2010 Laserfest year and the 2011 anniversary of nonlinear optics:

  • DLS Member David Wineland shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for his laser-based work in quantum computing.
  • DLS Members James Wynne and Rangaswamy Srinivasan shared the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for work in nonthermal tissue ablation that is the basis for LASIK.
  • Creator of the field Charles Townes and the laser itself, were recognized with one of the inaugural Golden Goose Awards, established to recognize “seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.”

With DLS members and laser scientists on President Obama’s committee for the National Medal of Science and on the Nobel Prize committees, this would be a worthwhile time to consider nominating deserving colleagues.

Building on the success and impact of laser and optical technologies, and the recent “Harnessing Light II” report from the National Academies, several professional societies and industry associations are launching a National Photonics Initiative (NPI) to increase the profile of photonics, optics, and lasers in the national science and technology conversation—especially among funding agencies. With a primary emphasis on technology innovation, APS DLS is the participant in the NPI that holds the torch for basic studies of the light-matter interaction as the seed for continued revolutionary innovation. As DLS chair for 2013, I am representing our community for the NPI, and I would appreciate member feedback on how we can both contribute and benefit. Personally, I’d like to know how your basic studies could translate into revolutionary new technologies in the coming decades. Take the time to dream a bit, and imagine where your work could go.

Another DLS initiative for 2013 is a request for DLS to establish a Dissertation Award in Laser Science. This proposal is under consideration by the APS leadership, so it is premature to ask for endowment contributions at this point. But I remain hopeful that we will be in a position to inaugurate this award soon. This award will augment the already strong efforts by DLS to keep laser science young, vigorous, and successful through efforts like the New Laser Scientists workshop and the annual FiO/LS undergraduate research symposium. Dissertation awards in many APS Divisions such as DAMOP, DPP, and DPF and have been instrumental in boosting the careers of promising young researchers, and therefore the profile of the field as a whole. If you think this is a good idea, let me know, stay tuned and reserve some of your financial largess in 2013 to help endow this award.

We are looking forward to our 2013 major conferences: CLEO in San Jose in June, and FiO/LS in Orlando in October. Both conferences have settled on location strategies for the next several years: CLEO will be in San Jose for at-least the next several years, while FiO/LS will be rotating through major regions of optical research (Orlando, Tucson, San Jose, Rochester). These moves, driven by OSA, are aimed at stabilizing the financial position of the conferences by encouraging consistent participation by local registrants and (particularly) industry. The change of plan for CLEO in particular had some associated costs; however, OSA has been a good partner, and the strategy is by preliminary indications a sound one.

I look forward to my tenure as DLS chair in 2013, and look forward to hearing from you on issues of concern to our community.

Best wishes,
Henry Kapteyn
Chair, APS Division of Laser Science

Kapteyn-Murnane Group, JILA, University of Colorado
CEO, KMLabs Inc.

Encourage Students and Colleagues to Join the APS and Division of Laser Science

There are many benefits to joining the Division of Laser Science when you become a member of APS. These benefits include:

  • Reduced registration fees at CLEO and FiO/LS
  • Eligibility for nomination as APS Fellow through DLS
  • Student travel grant program
  • Eligibility for visit from a DLS Distinguished Traveling Lecturer
  • International Travel Grant Program

Students can join APS (and DLS) for free in their first year of membership, and regular APS members pay just $8.00 to join the division.

Encourage your colleagues and students in optics and laser physics, or anyone who uses lasers on a regular basis, to join the APS Division of Laser Science!

Highlights from the Frontiers in Optics 2012 / Laser Science XXVIII Meeting

(photos and information courtesy the Optical Society and the American Physical Society)

Laser Science XXVIII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS), was held in Rochester, New York, on October 14 - 18, 2012. As usual, the Laser Science meeting was co-located with the Frontiers in Optics conference organized by the Optical Society of America (OSA).  More than 1700 attendees (a significant increase over the 2011 FiO/LS conference) enjoyed five days of research presentations, educational programs, and networking opportunities.

The first day of the conference featured a variety of short courses on timely optics topics, as well as a tribute to Emil Wolf —a well-known optics luminary whose work at the University of Rochester and elsewhere has had a considerable impact on the optics community today.

The second day kicked off with the plenary session and awards ceremony, showcasing presentations from five world-renowned researchers in optics and physics.  The OSA’s Frederic Ives Medal Winner Marlan Scully discussed quantum photocells, followed by the APS DLS’s Schawlow Award Winner Michael Fayer of Stanford, who covered ultrafast 2D IR vibrational echo spectroscopy.  Attendees were then treated to a special guest keynote presentation by Al Goshaw, a Duke University researcher who worked directly on the likely discovery of the Higgs boson particle this past summer.  Rounding out the session were David Williams of the University of Rochester, who talked about retinal imaging, and Paul Corkum of Canada’s NRC and University of Ottawa, who discussed attosecond photonics.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the show floor was abuzz with the latest products and features from 80 optics and photonics companies. The exhibits were supplemented by several special programs, including a Town Hall discussion with key members of the National Academy of Sciences’ Harnessing Light Committee.

photo of Michael Fayer

Michael Fayer of Stanford University, recipient of the Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, speaks during the awards session at FiO/LS 2012.


photo of undergraduate poster for Stroud

Stephanie Swartz explains her poster to outgoing DLS chair Carlos Stroud and Nicole Moore of Elmhurst College during the Undergraduate Research Symposium poster session.


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An FiO/LS attendee explores a vendor’s offerings on the exhibit floor.


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An enthusiastic group of students presented their work in the Symposium on Undergraduate Research at FiO/LS 2012.


More than 900 technical papers and posters were presented at FiO/LS this year. The work presented included a new technique for halting the progression of myopia in children, the use of pure spider silk in optical applications like biosensors, detection of explosives using a laser pointer and Raman spectroscopy, a new 3-D handheld scanner for point-of-care diagnostics, and the first report of a direct violation of Heisenberg’s famous uncertainty principle.

The Symposium on Undergraduate Research is always a highlight of the FiO/LS meeting. This year, nearly 50 undergraduate students from around the country presented posters or gave talks about their work. The symposium began at noon on Monday, Oct. 15, with participants meeting over lunch with distinguished laser scientists, including Paul Corkum, David Williams, Joe Eberly, Carlos Stroud, Henry Kapteyn, and Marlan Scully. Lunch was followed by the poster session and two consecutive oral sessions as well as a dinner. The detailed symposium program can be found here. This year’s symposium was sponsored by the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the National Science Foundation, East Coast Optical Technologies, Thorlabs, ColdQuanta, and Photonics Industries International.  It was organized by Harold Metcalf and John Noé of Stony Brook University.

The Division of Laser Science (DLS) also sponsored the 7th New Laser Scientist Conference (NLSC), a 1½ day mini-conference for new faculty and scientists doing laser related research, in conjunction with the FiO/LS 2012 conference. The NLSC helps to establish a peer group for new laser scientists in the DLS and includes roundtable discussions on planning one's scientific career, how to manage one's research group and relations with one's colleagues, best-practices for obtaining research funding, and work-family balance. The 20 attendees of the conference spanned a wide range of sub-fields falling under the umbrella of laser science, including precision measurement, cold atoms and ions, novel ultrafast optical sources and techniques, and solid-state quantum optics. This conference is designed to benefit new faculty and scientists who are within a few years of their first permanent appointment. NLSC-7 was coordinated by Dan Stamper-Kurn. Those interested in proposing attendees (including yourself!) for future NLSC gatherings are invited to contact Daniel Gauthier, who will organize the 8th NLSC, which will take place in conjunction with the 2014 FiO/LS meeting in Tucson, AZ.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Ultrafast Optics Conference (UFO IX)
Dates: March 4-8, 2013
Location: Davos, Switzerland
Advance registration deadline: February 10, 2013
Post-deadline paper submission dates: February 15 – 22, 2013

According to the UFO conference web page, the international Ultrafast Optics Conference was first held in 1997 and has been held on a biennial basis ever since. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together users and/or developers of ultrafast optical technology with the goal of reporting on the state of the art of generation, amplification, and measurement of ultrafast optical pulses.

APS March Meeting
Dates: March 18-22, 2013
Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

At this year’s March Meeting, the Division of Laser Science will sponsor an invited session (U11) entitled “New Laser Techniques for Imaging and Probing at the Nanoscale” on Thursday, March 21. This session will be held in addition to sessions related to lasers and optical physics organized by other APS divisions and forums. More details about this DLS-sponsored session can be found here. If you plan to attend the March Meeting, don’t forget to check it out!

8th International Symposium on Ultrafast Surface Dynamics (USD8)
Dates: May 28 – 31, 2013
Location: Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Lodging reservation deadline: March 27, 2013

According to the USD8 conference web page, the conference is designed as a discussion forum focused on research on femtosecond dynamics at surfaces. Invited talks will give an overview but also cover new frontiers in the field of ultrafast surface dynamics. Contributed oral presentations are planned with ample time for questions and answers. Poster presentations will be held in the evenings. A list of invited speakers for the conference can be viewed here.

CLEO:2013 (Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics)
Dates: June 9-14, 2013
Location: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA
Abstract submission deadline: January 30, 2013
Housing reservation deadline: May 3, 2013
Advance registration deadline: May 13, 2013

CLEO is co-sponsored by the APS Division of Laser Science, the Optical Society, and the IEEE Photonics Society. CLEO: 2013 will include the following:

  • CLEO:QELS – Fundamental Science,
  • CLEO: Science & Innovations, and
  • CLEO: Applications & Technology
  • CLEO: Expo, with more than 300 companies exhibiting the latest products
  • Short courses on a wide range of technical topics

The plenary session speakers at CLEO:2013 will be:

  • Paul Corkum
    University of Ottawa and National Research Council, Canada
    “Attosecond photonics”
  • Stephen Harris
    Stanford University, USA
    “Parametric down conversion over 50 years: from microwaves to x-rays”
  • Kumar Patel
    Pranalytica, Inc., USA
    “QCLs revolutionizing MWIR and LWIR applications”

Travel grants from the APS Division of Laser Science are available for students planning to attend CLEO: 2013. See details below.

4th International Conference on Attosecond Science (ATTO2013)
Dates: July 8 – 12, 2013
Location: Paris, France

According to the ATTO2013 web page, this conference will cover all aspects of attosecond physics, from sources and metrology to applications. It will especially include presentations on few-cycle laser pulse generation and applications, single attosecond pulse generation and characterization, high harmonic spectroscopy, electronic and nuclear dynamics in strong fields, ultrafast phenomena on the attosecond and femtosecond timescales, and new sources of coherent ultrafast X-rays.

Frontiers in Optics 2013 and Laser Science XXIX (FiO/LS)
Dates: October 6-10, 2013
Location: Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, USA
Abstract submission deadline:  May 6, 2013
Post-deadline submission deadline: September 23, 2013
Program chairs: Peter Delfyett (CREOL, University of Central Florida) and Dan Gauthier (Duke University)

This conference serves as the annual meeting of the APS Division of Laser Science and is co-located with the Optical Society’s Frontiers in Optics conference. The Call for Papers for this conference opens in early February. Paper submission categories for the Laser Science part of the meeting will be as follows:

  • Fundamentals and Applications of Photonic Crystals
  • Optical and Laser-Based Approaches in Chemical and Biological Sensing
  • Solid-State Quantum Optics
  • Cold Atoms and Molecules
  • Optics and Alternative Energy Sources
  • Attosecond and Strong Field Physics
  • Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics
  • Physics with Ultrafast X-rays
  • Precision Measurements and Metrology Using Lasers
  • Quantum Information with Photons
  • Nano-opto-mechanics
  • General Laser Science

Paper submission categories for Frontiers in Optics are listed on the conference web page.

CLEO: 2014 (Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics)
Dates: June 8-14, 2014
Location: San Jose, California, USA

Call for Donations to the Schawlow Prize Fund

The Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science has been awarded annually by the Division of Laser Science. It recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.

Due to the weak return on investments over the last few years, the endowment for the Schawlow Prize has dropped below the level needed to be self-sustaining. To address this shortfall, members of the division are asked to consider making a donation to the Schawlow prize fund. To contribute, log in to the APS donation website. Select the Schawlow Prize Fund, then proceed to select a donation amount.

Thank you to all of the DLS members who have contributed to the Schawlow Prize fund over the last two years! More than $8000 has been donated to the prize fund since January of 2011, but more contributions are needed. Thank you for your consideration.

DLS Student Travel Grant Program for CLEO:2013

(application deadline: May 1, 2013)

We are now accepting applications for student travel grants to assist with travel costs to CLEO:2013 in San Jose, CA, June 9-14, 2013. The deadline for receipt of complete applications is May 1, 2013.

Through this program, DLS will provide partial funding (up to $500) for a limited number of graduate students to attend and participate in the CLEO:2013 conference. To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time graduate student, a member of the Division of Laser Science, and the presenting author on an oral or poster paper. Normally, the recommending faculty mentor must also be a member of DLS. For further information and application forms, please see the description of the student travel grant program on the DLS website.

DLS Child Care Grant Program for CLEO:2013

(application deadline: May 1, 2013)

Grants of up to $300 are available to assist DLS members who are bringing children to CLEO:2013 (June 9-14, 2013, in San Jose, CA) or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (e.g., extra daycare or babysitting services). Eligible costs include babysitters (onsite at the conference location or at home) and airfare/hotel for a caregiver to accompany the child to the conference location. Meals, toys, onsite transportation and tickets to museums or other attractions are not eligible for reimbursement. Grant recipients are solely responsible for their choice of child care provider, and the APS Division of Laser Science does not endorse any child care providers.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2013, and grant recipients will be notified prior to the conference. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that the number of requests for grants exceeds the funding available, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers. To receive funds, applicants must submit a reimbursement request along with original receipts no later than July 14, 2013.

For further information and a link to the application form, please see the DLS child care grant program description.

New 2012 APS Fellows Elected through the DLS

Congratulations to the following members of the Division of Laser Science who were named Fellows of the American Physical Society in 2012! These honorees were nominated through the Division of Laser Science.

Alexey Belyanin (Texas A&M University)
Citation: For pioneering contributions in the ultrafast and nonlinear optics of nanostructured materials and the development of novel semiconductor laser sources in the mid-infrared and terahertz spectral range.

Thomas F. Carruthers (National Science Foundation)
Citation: For pioneering contributions to the fields of ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics, and fiber lasers, for services to the physics community, and for advising and overseeing the construction and operation of interferometric gravitational-wave detectors.

Wayne P. Hess (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Citation: For advancing laser science to understand the dynamics and reactions of electronically excited crystalline solids and laser desorption of atoms and molecules.

John P. Huennekens (Lehigh University)
Citation: For contributions to the development of fine and hyperfine structure, and quantum interference effects based spectroscopic probes for the study of electronic state interactions and transition dipole moments and for efforts to advance the state of undergraduate physics research experience.

Galina Khitrova (University of Arizona)
Citation: For fundamental studies of pump probe spectroscopy of atomic vapors and light-matter coupling of cavity fields with quantum wells and dots. In particular, for demonstrating the quantum regime of semiconductor cavity quantum electrodynamics via the vacuum Rabi splitting between a single quantum dot and the field in a photonic crystal nanocavity.

Makota Kuwata-Gonokami (University of Tokyo)
Citation: For contributions to laser spectroscopy and photon science including nonlinear spectroscopy of semiconductors, high density phenomena, cold atoms and micro cavity structures.

David A. Reis (SLAC)
Citation: For outstanding contributions to the inauguration and development of the burgeoning field of ultrafast x-ray materials science, and particularly for his pioneering use of synchrotron radiation and x-ray laser radiation as tools to understand structural changes in laser-driven solids.

Additional DLS Members Named APS Fellows in 2012

Congratulations to the following members of the Division of Laser Science who were named Fellows of the American Physical Society in 2012! These honorees were nominated through other APS divisions, forums, or topical groups.

Maria Allegrini (University of Pisa)
Citation: For contributions to laser interactions with atoms and small molecules: energy pooling collisions, high resolution spectroscopy, laser cooling of diatomic molecules, and contributions to international physics through collaborations and professional service.
Nominated by the Forum on International Physics

Raymond Beausoleil (Hewlett-Packard)
Citation: For contributions to basic research in nonlinear and quantum optics with applications to information technology.
Nominated by the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics

Mitra Dutta (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Citation: For research leadership and administration in government and academia, through which she has supported the applications of physics for society, outreach to the public, and enhancement of physics education.
Nominated by the Forum on Physics and Society

Jingyu Lin (Texas Tech University)
Citation: For her seminal contributions to our fundamental understanding of the electronic and optical properties of the group III-nitride semiconductors and her significant impact on the use of these materials for nanophotonic devices.
Nominated by the Division of Materials Physics

David C. Shiner (University of North Texas)
Citation: For his work on precision laser measurements in the helium atom, especially helium fine structure and helium nuclear size using the isotope shift.
Nominated by the Topical Group on Precision Measurement & Fundamental Constants

Michelle Shinn (Jefferson Laboratory)
Citation: For contributions in the applications of lasers in society, particularly the development of high power optics technologies for rare earth solid state lasers and free-electron lasers.
Nominated by the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics

Qichang Su (Illinois State University)
Citation: For his contributions to understanding the atomic ionization process under intense laser fields and his highly effective involvement of undergraduate students in this research work.
Nominated by the Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Thomas Weinacht (State University of New York, Stony Brook)
Citation: For pioneering leadership in the development and use of learning algorithms to control and shape laser light pulses in the femtosecond domain. Such coherent control selectively drives chosen transitions, both linear and non-linear, in complicated systems with a large number of other possibilities.
Nominated by the Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Zhen Wu (Rutgers University)
Citation: For innovative and insightful studies into surface interactions of spin-polarized atoms
Nominated by the Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Nominate a Colleague for Fellowship in the APS

(next deadline: April 1, 2013)

(from Anne Myers Kelley, DLS Secretary / Treasurer)

I would like to encourage you to nominate deserving DLS members for Fellowship in the APS.  Any active APS member is eligible for nomination and election to Fellowship. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.  The next deadline for nominations is April 1, 2013.

Information on the nominating process can be found on the Fellowships portion of the APS web page. If you are not sure whether a potential nominee is a DLS member or whether they are already an APS Fellow, you can find a membership list for each APS unit, with Fellows noted as such.

Nominate a Colleague for the 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

(next deadline: July 1, 2013)

The Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science is sponsored by the Division of Laser Science. It recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. Nominations are open to candidates who have made outstanding contributions to basic research using lasers. To nominate a colleague for the 2014 Schawlow Prize, please refer to the nomination guidelines found here.

APS International Travel Grant Award Program (ITGAP)

The International Travel Grant Award Program (ITGAP) was established by APS to promote international scientific collaborations between members of “participating” APS Divisions, including the Division of Laser Science, and physicists in developing countries. Grant recipients receive up to $2,000 for travel and lodging expenses for international travel while visiting a collaborator for at least one month.

For further information and application instructions, please see the ITGAP web site. The most recent application deadline was January 16, 2013, and awards are made on 6-month competitive cycles.

Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Program

(next deadline for proposals: May 30, 2013)

(Information courtesy Rainer Grobe, DTL Committee Chair)

The goal of the Distinguished Traveling Lecturer (DTL) Program is to bring distinguished laser scientists to speak at colleges and physics departments that might otherwise not be able to host them. The program covers the speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses, while the host institution is responsible for the speaker’s local expenses. Application deadlines occur on May 30 and November 30 each year.

In recent years, approximately five departments per year have been granted visits by Distinguished Traveling Lecturers. In 2010 and 2011, the institutions submitting successful DTL proposals included Albright College, Bates College, Baylor University, California State Polytechnic University, Hamilton College, Howard University, Morehead State University, Tuskegee University, and Vassar College. Congratulations to these institutions!

Minutes of the October 2012 DLS Executive Committee Meeting

(from Anne Kelley, DLS Secretary / Treasurer)

DLS Executive Committee meeting draft minutes
Carson Room, Hyatt Regency, Rochester, New York
October 16, 2012

Attending: Carlos Stroud (chair), Henry Kapteyn (chair-elect), Steve Cundiff (past chair), Anne Kelley (secretary-treasurer), Anthony Johnson (councillor), Maria Allegrini, David Reitze

Carlos Stroud called the meeting to order at 9:17 am.

The minutes from the May Executive Committee meeting at CLEO were approved.

Anne Kelley presented the treasurer’s report. As of 8/31/12 the DLS account balance was $435,809 and it appeared likely that the Division would end up reasonably close to even at the end of the year. Income from CLEO will be approximately $24,000 for this year, but future CLEO revenue will be reduced by hotel and convention center cancellation penalties resulting from the decision to move CLEO from Baltimore to San Jose in 2013 and 2015. Currently the DLS share of that penalty is slightly under $20,000, but that number is likely to decrease as the reserved space is resold to other events. As of 9/2/12, unit membership stood at 1321 which is 2.64% of APS, considerably below the nominally required 3%. Ways to boost membership were discussed, including distributing our advertising flyer within our own institutions and to other institutions that should have large numbers of DLS members but don’t. The Schawlow fund received $5,200 in contributions this year and needs a bit more to be self-sustaining again. Henry will send an e-mail to the membership seeking one more round of contributions.

Anne reported on the Student Travel Grant and Child Care Grant programs. Six student travel grants at $500 each were awarded for FiO/LS, and one child care grant at $450 was awarded for the New Laser Scientists Conference. Demand for the child care grants in particular has been disappointingly low. The need to inform everyone earlier in the process (i.e. when speakers are invited) about child care grants was discussed, particularly for the NLSC. The Executive Committee voted to allocate funding for 2013 -- $5000 for student grants at each of CLEO and FiO/LS, $1000 total for child care grants at CLEO and FiO/LS combined.

Carlos Stroud gave a progress report on the DLS election. Newly elected members should be starting their terms at the end of this meeting, but no one has agreed to serve on the Nominating Committee to assemble a slate of candidates. Suggestions were made to Carlos, who will attempt to compose a committee. APS central chooses one member; presumably Kate Kirby should be contacted with suggestions.

Henry Kapteyn and Wayne Knox reported on the National Academy of Sciences’ Harnessing Light II report and what will be done with it. A key recommendation of the report is for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI), modeled after the 2000 National Nanotechnology Initiative which coordinated activities of a large number of federal agencies and industry to promote and fund nanotechnology research. The key is now to convince members of Congress and other policymakers of the need for such an initiative in optics/photonics. There was discussion about the “identity crisis” of optics and photonics, and that it’s hard to advocate for a major initiative simply by pointing out that optics are a part of almost everything (so are nuts and bolts). The challenge is to show a linear relationship between proposed inputs (e.g. funding for optics/photonics research) and desired outcomes (e.g. economic growth). In a vote taken by e-mail two days later, the EC voted to endorse the National Photonics Initiative, without any specific commitment of resources.

Hal Metcalf reported on this year’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research. Once again the number of participants (~50 students) set a record. The student talks were excellent, and the talks and poster sessions were attended by a number of distinguished visitors (plenary speakers and others). Although last year’s symposium went slightly over budget because of the increased student registration fee, this year OSA reduced the fee to $140, and it is expected to stay within budget. However, additional corporate sponsors are needed and there was discussion about possibilities and how to approach them. The EC voted to allocate $8,000 for SUR next year.

Peter Delfyett and Dan Gauthier, program chairs for the 2013 Laser Science meeting in Orlando, gave a status report. They have met with their FiO counterparts and with David Villeneuve, one of this year’s chairs, about choosing symposium organizers and coordinating activities.  To maintain continuity from year to year it is expected that most of this year’s symposium topic titles will be kept, letting the symposium organizers determine the emphasis. Henry and current vice-chair Toni Taylor should confer on choosing the 2014 chairs, formally chosen by Henry. The EC voted to allocate $12,000 to fund the 2013 Laser Science conference.

A report from Nora Berrah on the APS International Travel Grant Program was discussed. DLS initially agreed to support this program for two years, and will have to decide whether to continue this support. The initial funding commitment was made in Spring 2011, so this should be revisited at next spring’s meeting.

Henry Kapteyn reported on the DLS invited session at next year’s March meeting, “New laser techniques for imaging and probing at the nanoscale” with five speakers. Everyone invited to speak accepted the invitation within 24 hours. Toni Taylor should be arranging next year’s session. It was noted that the membership status of all invited speakers should be checked and they should be asked to join DLS if they are not already members.

Henry Kapteyn discussed the establishment of a DLS thesis award. Many of the other divisions have such awards, generally supported by endowments. However, it was suggested that we start ours without an endowment, instead funding a small award from our base DLS funds. Students submit a CV and thesis summary, then finalists travel to the Laser Science meeting and present their talks in a special session, and a committee chooses the winner. Henry will check with APS about whether we can do this without an endowment to support the award. The EC voted to allocate $2,000 per year for 2013-2015 for this award, pending APS approval.

A report on the Distinguished Traveling Lecturer program from Rainer Grobe was discussed. Members agreed that the program is valuable, but that addition of new DTLs might be useful. Several names were mentioned, and Wayne Knox agreed to serve as a DTL. There was discussion of how to publicize the program better to candidate schools. Hal Metcalf’s large mailing list for the Undergraduate Research Symposium was suggested, as well as asking successful schools how they found out about the program.

Chad Stark, OSA meetings manager joined the committee for a discussion of Laser Science 2012 and beyond. The numbers of papers have been fairly constant over the past 5-6 years including this year. Next meetings are in Orlando 6-10 Oct 2013, Tucson 19-23 Oct 2014, San Jose 18-22 Oct 2015, and Rochester 16-20 Oct 2016. CLEO will be held June 9-14, 2013 in San Jose and will also be in San Jose for 2014-2016.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 pm.

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