The 15th International School on Quantum Electronics took place from 15 to 19 September 2008 in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Over 120 scientists from Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States of America and Bulgaria participated in this edition of the School. A wide range of subjects reflecting the current trends in laser physics were discussed during the invited lectures and two poster sessions. Additionally, the special session "Oral presentation of selected posters" gave the opportunity to the most pronounced young researchers to present their work before the entire audience.
For a first time in this issue of the School our co-organizers SPIE Europe provided also three special awards for the best student papers. The winners are:
1st Place - $200 cash, 50 SPIE Digital Library downloads, 1-year SPIE Student Membership
Mr. Tatsunori Sakano, PhD student
Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Keio University, JAPAN
Pulsed-laser deposition of ZnO thin films and nanorods for photonic devices, T. Sakano, R. Nishimura, H. Fukuoka, Y. Yata, T. Saiki, and M. Obara
2nd Place - $100 cash, 25 SPIE Digital Library downloads, 1-year SPIE Student Membership
Ms. Tsvetina Evgenieva, PhD student
Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BULGARIA
Summer Lidar Measurements in the Troposphere over Alomar, Norway (2007), with Ts. Evegnieva, N. Kolev, S. Blindheim, B. Lahnor, S. Mogo, A. Berjon, E. Rodriguez, K. Stebel, M. Gausa, I. Kolev
3rd Place - $50 cash, 15 SPIE Digital Library downloads, 1-year SPIE Student Membership
Ms. Anahit Gogyan, PhD student
Institute for Physical Research, NAS of Armenia
and Institut Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR CNRS 5209
Selective excitation of atoms and molecules by ultrashort laser pulses, A.Gogyan, Yu.Malakyan
The School was financially supported by the SPIE Europe, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Evrika foundation (Bulgaria), Institute of Electronics, Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office - Sofia, HORIBA Jobin Yvon Inc., Optella Ltd., Coherent Inc., to which the Organizing Committee expresses deep gratitudes.
The Proceedings volume will be published in a special volume of SPIE Proceedings and contains the presented lectures and the most interesting posters, refereed and selected for publication by the invited lecturers.
The Organizing Committee would like to thank all lecturers and participants for their contribution to the School, their work and kind attention.
We also invite all of you to take a part in the next 16th ISQE,
which will be held in 2010!