LSO Workshop Overview

9th Annual DOE LSO Workshop Overview

By: Jamie King, CLSO


The 9th Annual Department of Energy LSO Workshop was held September 10-12 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. Despite sequestration and other budget cuts looming, attendance was very good with 125 participants and broad representation from the DOE and other government institutions, universities and manufacturing. This attests to the high quality program agenda and excellent speakers that the Workshop attracts each year. Highlights of the Workshop were the keynote talk given by 2012 Nobel Laureate David Wineland on “Single-Atom Laser-based Clocks” and, a first for this Workshop, a teleconference presentation by Leon McLin, Air Force Research Laboratory on a “Case Study of a Recent Femtosecond Laser Eye Injury.” Inclement weather caused cancellation of the last day’s talks, but these were rescheduled for the following week via teleconference.

Overall, the weather could not drown the enthusiasm of yet another wonderful Workshop which was co-hosted by Josh Hadler, NIST and Mike Woods, SLAC. Their hard work was appreciated by all in attendance. Next year is the 10th Anniversary of the LSO Workshop and it will be hosted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Websites and links to talks for the DOE’s LSO Workshop series can be found here.


Due to health concerns, the spring CLSO/CMLSO exam is being cancelled and the 2020 DOE workshop has been postponed. The fall exam will be held be held prior to the 2020 DOE workshop on August 17th, 2020. Our office team is working remotely and ready to assist you during our regular business hours!

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