Optics Valley Technical Series: Commercialization of Scalable High Peak Power Diode Lasers


The highly successful project between the ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) pan-European project, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and Leonardo Electronics US (LEI) to develop a high average power petawatt laser has paved the way for the use of similar technology in commercial applications such as ion beam acceleration for cancer treatment, industrial laser peening and fusion energy.

This talk will focus on:

  • LEI technology that was used to support the project
  • Advancements since the project’s completion
  • Overview of current applications
  • Potential new markets

Who Should Attend:

  • Executives
  • Engineers
  • Researchers
  • Managers with roles in the development and application of laser technologies

About the Presenter:

Dr. Lukas Gruber joined Leonardo Electronics (LEI) in March 2020 and is part of the business development group expanding LEI’s presence in the medical, industrial and scientific markets. As the director of R&D and site manager with Coherent in Tucson, he focused heavily on strengthening the site’s role in the defense industry. Dr. Gruber held several management positions at NP Photonics, JDSU, American Medical Systems/Boston Scientific and Protein Technologies leading development efforts as well as operations groups. His expertise spans from DPSS lasers over fiber lasers to lasers for surgical applications and diode lasers. The hands-on technical background was gained at Spectra-Physics and Coherent early in his career after he earned his Master’s Degree in Physics from the Technical University of Graz, Austria and completed his Ph.D. in Physics after his research in plasma physics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.


Leonardo Electronics US, a subsidiary of Leonardo, enables next-gen technologies in defense, security, medical and industrial segments. The company’s U.S.-based R&D and service provides nimble product development, program support and vertically integrated production of laser and electronics components and systems. Headquartered in Arlington, Va.,  with facilities in Tucson, Ariz., Huntsville, Ala., and Norcross, Ga., Leonardo Electronics can provide full U.S. design, customization, production, service and support.


Optics Valley, a committee of the Arizona Technology Council, is one of the leading clusters for optics, photonics and astronomy in the world. Optics Valley’s mission is to catalyze, convene and connect optics, photonics, astronomy and the supporting business interests throughout Arizona. Members of Optics Valley cover the broadest range of research, services and products from micro-components to big data to complete optical systems. Visit www.aztechcouncil.org/optics-valley-arizona to learn more.




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Virtual Event


October 7, 2020


8:00am - 9:00am


Free to ALL