Workshop on                                     “Laser Diodes for Space Applications”

Location: III-V Lab, Thales Research and Technology, Campus Polytechnique 1,

Avenue Augustin Fresnel, F-91767 Palaiseau Cedex, France.

                                                      Date: 23-24 November 2015

Book of Abstract and Final Program: 

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Workshop Photo Album: 

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Download the participants presentations here.

The FP7-Space Project BRITESPACE in collaboration with ESA is pleased to announce the international Workshop on “Laser Diodes for Space Applications”, devoted to promote the contact between developers and manufacturers of laser diodes with developers and users of space systems.

The aim is to promote the interaction between communities of laser diodes manufacturers and space systems developers and users in both research and industry environments. In particular, this workshop will focus on the needs of appropriate laser diodes sources and configurations required by specific space applications.


  • Design, development and manufacturing of pulsed and CW laser diodes and semiconductor amplifiers: Broad Area Laser Diodes, DFB, DBR, VCSEL, VECSEL, Diodes Arrays, Bars and Stacks, Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA), Photonic Crystals.
  • Space applications of laser diodes: Free Space Communications, Pump Modules, Intra Satellite Communications, Microwave Photonics, Navigation Sensors, Clocks, Planetary Exploration and Monitoring: LIDAR, Spectrometers.
  • Reliability of laser diodes in space environment: Thermal, Vacuum/Contamination, Radiation, Vibration. Space qualification, performance testing and characterization of laser diodes.


The program will include both invited and contributed presentations. The provisional program can be found here:

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Invited Speakers

  1. Massimo Vanzi, University of Cagliari (Italy). Failure physics of laser diodes. Historical issues and recent updates.
  2. Jorge Piris, ESTEC, ESA (The Netherlands). Testing and evaluation of laser diodes for space applications at ESTEC.
  3. Olivier Gilard, CNES (France). Space qualification strategy for laser diodes.
  4. Andreas Kohl, Quantel (Germany). Evolution and perspectives of QCW high power laser diodes for space applications.
  5. Lip Sun How, Adveotec (France). Laser diode reliability testing for Space applications.
  6. Jens Tomm, Max-Born Institut (Germany). Sudden degradation of AlGaAs-based high-power diode lasers: Analysis of bulk and facet failures.
  7. Hanno Scheife, TESAT Spacecom (Germany). 8 Years in Space: Laser Diode Pump Modules in the Laser Communication Terminal.
  8. Valentin Loyo, Jenoptik (Germany). Space qualified solutions with high-power diode lasers.
  9. Juan Barbero, Alter Technology Group (Spain). Testing of laser diodes for space applications at ALTER.
  10. Frédéric van Dijk, III-V lab (France). Semiconductor laser development for space applications at III-V lab.
  11. Ignacio Esquivias, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), High-brightness multi-section semiconductor laser for space-borne lidar measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
  12. Martin Traub, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany), Beam Shaping of High Power Laser Diodes for Space Applications.


How to reach

III-V Lab is found in Palaiseau close to Paris. Download the following file about the different options to arrive to III-V Lab from the different Paris airports using public transport as well as using a car.  

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Accommodation in the Massy-Palaiseau city or in Paris close to RER B stations is recommended. A list of recommended hotels can be found here:

Hotel lists near RER B stations.pdf
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The attendance fee is 216 € and it should be paid upon registration to account for the expenses of one lunch, coffee breaks and workshop dinner. The accommodation is not included in the attendance fee. Follow the next link to the registration website:

Technical Committee

Ignacio Esquivias, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Michel Krakowski, III-V 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, German

Mustapha Zahir, ESTEC, ESA, The Netherlands




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


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