Over the past decades, research on spectroscopic properties of rare earths and transition-metal doped materials has quickly grown in importance as rare-earth and transition-metal ions play a fundamental role in various optical applications, from telecommunication to sensing, and medical diagnosis to energy. Intense levels of research have been focused on development of new materials and designs. This session will cover topics on:

  • Glass and transparent ceramic lasers
  • Ceramic phosphors for solid-state lighting
  • Wavelength converters for photovoltaic systems
  • Nanoprobe phosphors for bio-photonics
  • Energy transfer or light storage mechanisms in solids
  • d-d, f-f and f-d transitions in glass and ceramics
  • Optical amplifiers for telecommunication