Event Date/Time: Apr 25, 2004
End Date/Time: Apr 30, 2004
SPIE's International High-Power Laser Ablation Conference has provided a unique forum for exchange of ideas on the physics and application of high-power laser-materials interaction, including advances in relevant high-power laser sources and problems of beam propagation and detection, in a collegial atmosphere. The HPLA series is one of the first to be organized around a physical phenomenon (high-power ablation) rather than a specific technology. HPLA addresses every aspect of the high-power ablation of materials, from the basic physics to the leading applications. We heavily emphasize the physics involved in the laser-surface interaction to avoid missing the grand connections among these interesting applications. Groundbreaking physics is discussed for its own sake. Historically, we have also devoted two to three of our sessions to advances in the specific types of lasers (diode, solid state, iodine, etc.) which are of use in these applications. Applications discussed will range from high-tech material processing to space propulsion to inertial confinement fusion.