Advances in the techniques of the growth of high-perfect crystals of a wide range of materials lie at the roots of much of today's advanced technology. This session covers all the aspects of crystal growth and characterization of oxide and halide crystals and brings together scientists and technology users who investigate or develop materials for laser and nonlinear optical applications. Fundamental challenges associated with these crystals have hindered our ability to understand and exploit them for various applications. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: crystal growth methods, characterization and improvement of crystal quality, structure-property-performance relationships, laser characteristics of gain media and nonlinear optical properties of crystals. Both experimental and theoretical works will be included in the oral and poster presentations at this session.


Invited speakers (confirmed):

Edith Bourret-Courchesne (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
Discovery and crystal growth of new scintillators

Qiang Li (Tsinghua University, China)
Flux growth and characterization of PLZST relaxor antiferroelectric single crystal with MPB composition

Haosu Luo (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Improved performances of relaxor-based single crystals for sensor applications

Leonid Lytvynov (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine)
Constructional and optical sapphire crystals for application in medicine

Kiyoshi Shimamura (National Institute for Materials Science and Waseda University, Japan)
Crystal growth of novel single crystals for electro-optical application

Michael Schieber symposium:

Ralph James (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
Cadmium zinc telluride X- and gamma-ray detectors - past, present and future

Andrzej Mycielski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
(Cd, Mn)Te Crystals for X and Gamma Radiation Detectors - an Alternative Material to CdTe and (Cd,Zn)Te

Michael Roth (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Composite boron nitride neutron detectors


Hanna Dabkowska   (Canada) dabkoh@mcmaster.ca
Vyacheslav Puzikov   (Ukraine) puzikov@isc.kharkov.ua