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First ICO/ICTP/TWAS Central American Workshop in Lasers, Laser Applications and Laser Safety Regulations


Universidad de Costa Rica,
San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
30 April - 11 May 2012


The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), in collaboration with the International Commission for Optics (ICO), The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Iberian American Network on Optics (RIAO), and the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI)

The invention of the laser in 1960 gave birth to a fifty years era of enormous progress in science and in technology.  For the 21st C., the dramatic development of new laser sources is leading to a very rich technological map in which an important amount of basic and applied research and associated technologies are present in all fields of science.   The Workshop will be devoted to a revision of the fundamental concepts of laser radiation and applications to optical communications, industry and medicine. The aim is to contribute to the dissemination of the relevance of optics, photonics and laser technologies in Central America as key tools for the young generation’s formation, in this area of the world, into relevant academic and scientific topics. POSTER (PDF 984K)

The Workshop consists of the following modules:

M1: Lasers

M2: Laser safety regulations

M3-M8: Lasers and LED applications


Prof. María L. Calvo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Prof. Angela M. Guzmán, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA.
Prof. Joseph J. Niemela, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.

Local Committtee: 

Prof. Luis Diego Marín, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.
Prof. Jaime Cascante, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Local Secretariat: Ms. Xinia Aguilar Sánchez, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

Special invitees:

J. Hernández, President CIEMI. Costa Rica

Manuel Limonta, Director of ICSU Regional Office for Latin America.
"The Latin-American ICSU Regional Office"

Carmen Samayoa, Guatemala Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences.
"Lasers equipments in Guatemala"

Karla Ubieta, Universidad Autónoma de Nicaragua.
"Programs in physics and fundamentals of laser in the Autonomous National University of Nicaragua"