ICUIL 2018 Conference in Lindau Germany (09-14 Sep. 2018) Thomas Kuehl, GSI-Helmholtzzentrum, Darmstadt, Germany

The ICUIL 2018 Conference, the 8TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE ON ULTRAHIGH INTENSITY LASERS will again welcome high intensity laser enthusiasts from across the world, this time back in Europe. The conference will take place at Hotel Bad Schachen in Lindau, Germany, from September 9th to 14th 2018. The hotel is located right on the shore of Lake Constance boasting a wonderful view of the lake, but also the panoramic backdrop of the Austrian and Swiss Alps. It can be reached via the international airports in Munich (2 hours by car or 3.5 hours by train) and Zurich (2 hours by car or 2 hours by train). There is also a local airport at Friedrichshafen (30 minutes by taxi) with several connections per day from Frankfurt and London. The hotel offers park-like grounds with a spacious lakeside lido, a private boat jetty and a beautiful terrace. The conference will be held in the hotel’s congress center, with plenty of adjacent space for participants and vendors to interact

ICUIL 2018 is again expected to showcase the latest on multilateral projects like ELI, XCELS and IZEST as well as other efforts across the world in the direction of ultra-intense lasers. Following the spirit of the ICUIL conferences, in particular the last meeting at Montebello, Canada, technical and scientific themes concerning ultra-intense lasers will be addressed: (i) ultra-intense laser design and performance including Nd:glass-based, Ti:sapphire, DPSSL and OPCPA and novel architectures, (ii) novel technologies for ultra-intense lasers, e.g compression components and strategies, modelling and fabrication, high damage -threshold and ultra-broadband laser components, pulse control, and diagnostics , and (iii) applications of ultra-intense lasers for laser acceleration, short-wavelength sources, attosecond sources, exploration of warm-dense matter, high-field physics and more. This conference will emphasize the many contributions from students and young scientists in this dynamic field of ultra-high intensity lasers.

Preparation for the conference has started in November 2016. A Local Organization Board has been formed by members of the GSI Helmholtz Center Darmstadt and the Helmholtz Institute Jena: V. Bagnoud, A. Blazevic, Ch. Brabetz, T. Kuehl, S. Kunzer, D. Schumacher, T.Stoehlker, B. Zielbauer, and D. Lang.

We invite the interested community and industrial partners to mark down the date, and hope to meet you in Germany in September 2018!

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