Rare earth and transition-metal doped materials play fundamental roles in many applications, such as optical communication, sensing, medical diagnosis, or clean energy systems. These roles are the result of intense research efforts on the development of new materials, material platforms, and designs. A deep understanding of the underlying science that determines the optical properties of these dopants has been achieved over the years. This session will cover the following topics.

  • Glass and transparent ceramic lasers
  • Ceramic phosphors for solid-state lighting
  • Wavelength converters for photovoltaic systems
  • Nanoprobe phosphors for biophotonics
  • Energy transfer or light storage mechanisms in solids
  • Applications in quantum information science
  • Optical amplifiers for telecommunication