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Lasers in Micro, Nano and Bio Systems
Gordon Research Conference

Integration of Laser Physics, Photonics, Materials, Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, and Biomedicine


June 17-22, 2018


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Xudong Fan & Seok-Hyun Andy Yun

Vice Chairs:
Teri W. Odom & Axel Scherer

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The goal of this Gordon Research Conference (GRC) is to provide an open and interdisciplinary forum for scientists and engineers from a broad range of areas to discuss and initiate exploration of microscopic and nanoscopic lasers, as well as biological lasers, from a perspective of fundamental physics, materials sciences, enabling engineering technologies, biological sciences, and applications.

The specific aims of the GRC are three-fold: (1) to foster scientific exchange among highly interdisciplinary researchers in biophotonics, biomedical engineering, biomedicine, physics, micro/nanofabrication, nanotechnologies, materials sciences from academic laboratories, clinical institutions, healthcare sectors, national laboratories, and industrial enterprises; (2) to create a new community that critically assesses the state of the emerging fields and sets research directions and goals for the future; and (3) to promote a personal level of interactions among senior and junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research scientists, and graduate students in an informal environment, while ensuring diversity in gender, race, and culture.

The subjects of the GRC include, but are not limited to (1) new lasers and laser phenomena (such as micro/nano lasers, microfluidic lasers, bio-inspired/bio-integrated lasers, plasmonic lasers, random lasers, opto-mechanical laser, and parity-time symmetric laser, etc.); (2) recent advancements in laser gain media research and laser cavity studies; (3) cutting-edge micro/nano engineering that enables and benefits micro/nano lasers; and (4) forward-looking applications of micro/nano/bio-lasers, particularly in biology, biochemistry, and biomedicine.

The GRC will feature morning/evening oral presentations/discussions, complemented by afternoon poster sessions.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: History, Challenge, and Potential of Micro/Nano/Biolasers
  • Nano/Micro Lasers and Biomedical Applications
  • Lasers for Optogenetics and Imaging
  • Micro/Nanofluidic Lasers, Bio-Integrated and Bio-Inspired Lasers
  • Optomechanics and Phonon Lasers and Their Applications in Biochemical Analysis
  • Plasmonic Lasers and Random Lasers
  • Enabling Technologies for Micro/Nano/Biolasers
  • Novel Gain Materials for Lasers
  • Parity-Time Symmetric Lasers
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