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ICO, the place where the World of Optics meets

Welcome to the International Commission for Optics (ICO).

ICO is a Scientific Associate of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and an Affiliated Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

Territories of ICO - August 2008

Join LASERFEST: the celebration of the year of the laser 2010

1960-2010: Celebrating 50 years of the laser. Maria L. Calvo, ICO President.

The history of how the laser came to be by Tony Siegman.

Nature 187, 493-494 (1960), T. H. Maiman.


Thai 2010 Calendar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the laser

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New! The 2009 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics has been awarded to Dr. Eleftherios Goulielmakis for "outstanding contributions in attosecond physics, particularly for the generation of attosecond pulses and their application for the direct measurement of light waves".

Dr. Eleftherios Goulielmakis studied Physics at the University of Crete (Greece). He received his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, in 2005. At present he is a scientist in the Division of Attosecond Physics (led by Prof. Ferenc Krausz) at the Max Planck institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany as well as an adjunct Professor of Physics at POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology), South Korea. In 2007 he received the Foteinos Prize of the Academy of Athens.

Dr. Goulielmakis' most important contributions in optics include the generation of isolated attosecond pulses in the extreme ultraviolet part of the electromagnetic spectrum at record short durations (~ 80 attoseconds) as well the application of such pulses for the direct sampling of the waveform of light waves for the first time, realizing in this way an "oscilloscope for light".

These developments enable the real-time tracking of the ultrafast electron motion in atoms, molecules, and condensed matter and are expected to shed light onto the physics of unexplored phenomena of the nanoworld.

Call for nominations for the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize 2010/ Deadline: July 15th 2010.
IUPAP Young Scientist Award in Optics PDF Poster