Workshop on “Laser Sources for LIDAR Applications”

Location: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Oberpfaffenhofen, Münchner Straße 20, 82234 Weßling, Germany

Date: 25-26 November 2014

Book of Abstract and Final Program: 

Documento Adobe Acrobat [401.0 KB]

Workshop Photo Album: 

Documento Adobe Acrobat [2.6 MB]

Download the participants presentations here.

The FP7-Space Project BRITESPACE is pleased to announce the international  Workshop on “Laser Sources for LIDAR Applications”, devoted to promoting the contact between developers and manufacturers of laser sources with users of LIDAR systems.

The aim is to promote the interaction between communities of laser manufacturers and LIDAR system developers and users in both research and industry environments. In particular, this workshop will focus on the needs of appropriate laser sources and configurations required by specific LIDAR applications and on the performances of state-of-the-art LIDAR transmitters. 



  • August 1st: Deadline for contributions
  • September 19th: Third announcement and provisional program
  • October 1st: Registration opens
  • November 1st: Fourth announcement and final program
  • November 10th: Registration deadline
  • November 25-26th: Workshop on Laser Sources for LIDAR Applications


  • Pulsed and CW laser sources: Solid State lasers, Fiber lasers, Semiconductor lasers, any other type of laser and configuration (Master Oscillator Power Amplifiers, Optical Parametric Oscillator...)
  • Types of LIDAR systems: Coherent/incoherent backscatter lidar, High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL), Differential-Absorption Lidar (DIAL) Integrated-Path Differential- Absorption (IPDA) Lidar
  • LIDAR applications: distance/motion measurements, 3D imaging, bathymetry, measurements of aerosol-, cloud-, wind- and humidity profiles, atmospheric turbulence, climate related trace gases (CO2, CH4), canopy height and surface reflectance.



The program will include both invited (25+5 min.) and contributed presentations (17+3 min.) in six sessions, starting in the morning of November 25th and finishing at lunch time of November 26th. A workshop dinner on 25th and a visit to DLR laboratories in the afternoon of 26th will be programmed. Remote attendance will be also available through conference web services.


Final program available here:

Documento Adobe Acrobat [148.5 KB]

Invited speakers

  1. Claudine Besson, ONERA (France), High power pulsed fiber laser for spaceborne DIAL lidar and system modelling.

  2. Jean Pierre Cariou, Leosphere (France), High power fiber lasers for Doppler wind lidars: requirements and experimental performances.

  3. Ignacio Esquivias, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), BRITESPACE: High Brightness Semiconductor Laser Sources for Space Applications in Earth Observation.

  4. Patrick Feneyrou, Thales Research Technology (France), Airborne lidar for flight parameters measurement.

  5. Andreas Fix, DLR Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany), Optical parametric devices for airborne and spaceborne lidar application.

  6. Pierre Flamant, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (France), Laser source specifications for applications in ground airborne and space LIDARs.

  7. Fabien Gibert, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Range-resolved atmospheric CO2 measurement using coherent DIAL at 2 μm.

  8. Dieter Hoffmann, Fraunhofer ILT (Germany), High Peak Power Solid State Laser Sources for LIDAR Applications.

  9. Reinald Kallenbach, MPI Katlenburg (Germany), and Kai Weidlich, Zeiss Cassidian Optronics (Germany), BELA Laser - qualifying a reliable laser source for planetary mission.

  10. Christian Pedersen, DTU Fotonik (Denmark), Diode based coherent LIDARs for wind sensing.

  11. Nikolaus Schmitt, EADS-IW Munich (Germany), Direct detection UV LIDARs for avionics. 

  12. Bernd Sumpf, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik Berlin (Germany), Potential of compact light sources based on hybrid integration of tailored diode lasers and electronics for LIDAR applications.


How to reach


DLR’s Oberpfaffenhofen site can be reached by public transportation from Munich airport, Munich central station and from the city centre by taking the S-Bahn line S8 towards Herrsching or Weßling and alighting at the Neugilching or Weßling station. Several bus lines run between both stations and via the DLR bus stop, but DLR is also within walking distance from both (approximately 2.5 kilometers from either station).


Taxis are available from the S-Bahn stations Germering-Unterpfaffenhofen (distance to DLR 12 kilometres) and Gilching-Argelsried (distance to DLR 3 kilometres).


For more information about how to reach DLR’s Oberpfaffenhofen site visit:




The organizers have pre-reserved rooms for two nights at two hotels close to DLR and with a S-Bahn/bus connection to DLR:

  • Hotel Seehof in Wessling am See ( Rooms at 90 euros/night and rooms at 100 euros/night, including breakfast and internet.

  • Guesthouse Florianshof in Auing am Wörthsee ( Rooms at about 75 euros/night including breakfast.

These hotels will be served by a charter bus to and from the venue for the conference dinner on November 25th. Participants should mention that they are coming for the BRITESPACE workshop when they reserve. The rooms are pre-reserved until November 1st 2014.




An attendance fee of 110 € should be paid upon registration to account for the expenses of two lunches, coffee breaks and workshop dinner (including transport). The accommodation is not included in the attendance fee.


The registration is open from October 1st until November 10th or until achieving the maximum number of attendants (50 persons). 


To register follow the next link:


Technical Committee


Ignacio Esquivias, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Michel Krakowski, 3-5 Lab, France

Martin Traub, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik, Germany

Juan Barbero, Alter Technology Group, Spain

John G. Rarity, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Gerhard Ehret, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany



This project has received funding from the European Union
Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement n° 313200.


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