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Alexander M. Prokhorov

Ivan A. Shcherbakov,
ALT Conference Chairman

The annual International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT) was established in 1992 by the Nobel Prize Laureate Alexander Prokhorov, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the General Physics Institute.  

There are two principal ideas of this international event. First of all, it brings together presentations on fundamental and engineering aspects of laser technologies along with their applications in various areas (materials processing, laser medicine, photonic devices, systems for process control, etc.). Thus the conference has become an important and well recognized Forum for both researchers and engineers. Second, Russian scientists, in particular from General Physics Institute (www.gpi.ru), play an prominent role in the organization of ALT meetings, and typically an essential part of the conference attendees represent former Soviet Union states. This fact together with the tradition that each year the ALT Conference takes place in a new country gives a unique mixture of specialists and thus a possibility of making new personal contacts and exchanging scientific and technological data and ideas between different scientific schools.

The total number of each conference attendees varies between 120 and 200, having a trend to increase year after year. The 4-5 days Program includes top-level plenary talks that outline the new trends or summarize extensive research results and are accompanied by invited, oral and poster presentations. Usually conferences proceed with one or two parallel sessions.

The key topics of each meeting are slightly varied. Depending on the current trends, the new topics appear while some traditional areas of R&D become less popular. At present ALT Conferences are focused on laser–matter interaction, surface and bulk materials engineering, ultra-fast phenomena, technological laser systems and diagnostics, biophotonics, photoacoustics, and THz technologies.

ALT Conferences took place in Russia, Germany, Greece, Romania, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, China, Hungary, Finland, Turkey, Netherlands, and Bulgaria.