ICPPP 15 participants

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Extending the series of biennual meetings that started in Ames (Iowa, U.S.A.) in 1979, and whose impact has kept growing ever since, the 15th International Conference on Photoacoustic and Photothermal Phenomena (ICPPP15) was held in Leuven, Belgium, 19-23 July 2009.

This series of conferences brings together all scientists, technology developers and technology users who are investigating or exploiting optically and electromagnetically excited acoustical and thermal phenomena for the investigation of a large variety of material properties and applications. The many photoacoustic and photothermal (PA/PT) topics indicate that this field has developed a broad range of tools for fundamental and applied research .  At this moment, it is safe to say that PA/PT research has reached a mature state, with an established position in measurement technology and materials characterisation.  Moreover, the continuation of its progress is guaranteed by the close synergy with advances in laser technology in particular and measurement technology in general.  

This conference aims to attract everyone who wants to present recent work in this field or related fields.  Continuing the tradition of previous conferences in this series, feedback will be insured from expert colleagues active in the exploitation of photothermal or photoacoustic effects for a large variety of investigations. This conference also wants to offer an excellent opportunity for physicists, chemists, engineers, physicians and technology end users, who are less familiar with the field to discover the great potential of the photothermal and photoacoustic methodology for probing material properties and study phenomena in circumstances where many other techniques fail. In view of enhancing the synergetic advantages of closer interaction with the broad scientific community, special attention is given to the generic character of this research field, by offering new topics and sessions on subjects from related domains of research. 

Christ Glorieux,  Chair

Jan Thoen,  Honorary Chair

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