The 2008 conference has once again been a success for the group, with around 26 oral and 26 poster presentations. The format of the conference this year resulted in the NLC user group report back meeting beeing held as an extension of the SAIP conference on Monday. This arrangement is mutually beneficial. The subgroup again managed to secure sponsorship from the CSIR(NLC), the Laser Research Institutes and their respective OSA student chapters, Scientific Development and Integration, and the SAIP for student prizes. Plenary speaker Prof Zumbusch, sponsored by LRI and NLC.

Laser Optics and Spectroscopy report to the council

Laser Optics and Spectroscopy report to the specialist group

2008 Student Prizes

  • Best oral presentation by a PhD student (NLC OSA):
    • Pieter Neethling, LRI, University of Stellenbosch
  • Best poster presentation by a PhD student (LRI OSA):
    • Angela Dudley, CSIR National Laser Centre
  • Best oral presentation by a MSc student (SDI):
    • Gareth Dickenson. LRI, University of Stellenbosch
  • Best poster presentation by a MSc student (SAIP):
    • Annelle Griessel. LRI, University of Stellenbosch



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