2019 Track Illumination Laser Workshop Welcome

The 2019 Track Illumination Laser Workshop will take place on June 4, 2019 at the University of New Mexico's Center for High Technology Materials:

The University of New Mexico, Center for High Technology Materials
1313 Goddard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

CHTM is walking distance from the DE-JTO office. A registration fee of $30 per person is required for attendance to this event.


Fixed and variable repetition rate pulsed 1450-1650nm track illuminator lasers (TIL) are needed for multiple beam control applications in 2-D and 3-D imaging. Their requirements are strenuous, and consequently an optimized laser has yet to be realized.

As a means to analyze beam control systems and laser technology progress, the Directed Energy Joint Technology Office’s Laser Sources and Beam Control Working groups are hosting a track illumination laser (TIL) workshop. This is an opportunity for Service representatives, Industry leaders and laser vendors to meet, discuss progress, limiting issues and paths forward.

The objectives are to increased awareness of the state-of-the-art for both beam control and lasers, clarification of technology readiness and near-term progress, feedback for system designers and recommendations for DE-JTO.

Note: This is an open workshop. Industry speakers may restrict their talks due to proprietary information. Small meeting rooms may be available if private discussions are desired. Contact Tim Newell at tim.newell.CTR@JTO.HPC.MIL for a request.


The day will commence with TIL perspectives and needs from the Air Force, Army, Navy and MDA. These talks will be followed by a review of laser technologies. Post event decompression and networking will take place at Marble Brewery, downtown Albuquerque.

Speakers are (current as of April 25):
Beam Control -
Air Force - Gar Hassall
Navy - Bob Pawlak
Army - Amanda Black
MDA - Patty Wallantine

Lasers -
Arlee Smith (AS-Photonics) The good and the bad of parametric wavelength conversion
Joe Kolis (Clemson University) The near-term potential for new laser materials
Daniel Renner (Freedom Photonics) Development of 1532nm diode pumps for Erbium lasers
Nikolay Ter-Gabrielyan (Army Research Laboratory). Erbium-based TIL
Nick Sawruk (FiberTek) FiberTek TIL development
Mike Mirov (IPG-Photonics) TIL development at IPG.



If you have any questions please contact Cynnamon Spain at Cynnamon@CynCS.com or Donna@CynCS.com.