Welcome to PRE'17

[Roma, Fori Imperiali. Lighting by Vittorio Storaro. Photo credit: Repubblica.it]

PRE’17 is the seventh event in the series of International Workshops covering a wide range of research topics concerning the properties and applications of rare-earth ions in optoelectronics and photonics. The series begun in Trento, Italy in May 2005 (PRE’05), followed by PRE’07 again in Trento, PRE’10 in Firenze (Italy), PRE’12 in Kyoto (Japan), PRE’14 in San Sebastián (Spain), PRE’16 in Greenville (USA). The next event, after the decision to move the Workshop to the odd years, will be held in Rome, Italy, at the end of 2017.

More than 600 scientists and students from more than 30 countries, in total, have attended the previous Workshops. The average size of each event, around 100 people, makes for a collegial environment where students and world experts can mingle and talk in an informal and effective way.

Over the past decade, an increasing number of luminescent materials have been reported, based on the properties of rare earth ions embedded in different matrices (crystalline, amorphous and glass ceramics; oxides, fluorides, chalcogenides, organics, ….) or contained in molecular complexes.
These materials have already been been widely employed in light sources and amplifiers, optical displays, fluorescent probes, luminescent labels, frequency converters, detectors, and so on, thus covering fields ranging from telecommunication to sensing, from medical diagnosis to energy. Despite of it, there are still increasing demands for novel functions to further extend their practical applications.

This PRE Workshop, like the previous ones, aims at providing a forum for material scientists, chemists and physicists where to debate about the state of the art and the perspectives of the photonic materials based on rare earth ions. Both fundamental photoluminescence properties and application oriented material investigations will be considered.
We would like to welcome all the interested experts from different countries in the world to PRE’17, which will be held on November 30 - December 2, 2017 in one of the most ancient and beautiful cities in the world: Roma.

Dominik Dorosz, Maurizio Ferrari, Laeticia Petit
PRE’17 co-chairs

Giancarlo C. Righini
PRE’17 honorary chair

Preliminary announcement (PRE'17_First Flyer)