June 25 - 29 2018

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International Conference on Laser Filamentation
UniGE Bastion, Geneva
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About Event
We have the pleasure to announce that the next International Conference on Laser Filamentation, COFIL 2018, will take place in Geneva (Switzerland), June 25 - 29 2018

COFIL 2018 is the 7th of a very successful series of biennial conferences bringing together scientists working in the field of ultrashort and intense laser filamentation and its applications. The conference also attracts scientists from other fields interested in discussing the present status and future perspectives of this topic.

This event will take place a few steps from old town Geneva, at the historic building of the University of Geneva, founded by Jean Calvin in 1559, located in the famous Parc des Bastion.

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Scientific topics

Theoretical advances on filamentation
Self-focusing and collapse
Filamentation in various media
Supercontinuum generation and pulse compression
Filamentation control
Terahertz science with filaments
Strong field – matter interactions
Filament-based spectroscopy and lasing
Atmospheric applications and weather control (CLWC)
Laser machining and industrial applications with filaments
Ultrashort laser technologies and new high intensity mid-IR sources
Mid-IR filamentation

Important dates

Until March 30th, 2018
Abstract Submission
April 30th, 2018
Notification of Paper Acceptance
Until June 1st, 2018
Online Registration
June 25th -29th, 2018
Regular Sessions of COFIL 2018

Venue Informations

Université de Genève / Uni Bastions
Rue De-Candolle 5
1211 Genève 4
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From the airport
Bus 5 – direction “Thônex-Vallard”
stop at “gare Cornavin”

then tramway 15 – direction “Palettes”
stop at “Cirque” or “Plainpalais”

From the main station “gare Cornavin”
tramway 15 – direction “Palettes”
stop at “Cirque” or “Plainpalais”

Where to park the car?
Parking David Dufour, entry from “rue Balmat”
Parking de Plainpalais, entry from “avenue du Mail”

Conference Policy

If you need a travel visa to Switzerland, we will be glad to issue an invitation letter to support your visa application.
Invitation letters will only be issued once your registration and payment have been completed.
Invitation letters will be sent by e-mail.

In order to request an invitation letter, just e-mail us with the following data:

  • a good-quality scan of your passport (.pdf or image format)
  • surname/family name and given names, exactly as they appear in your passport
  • contacts: e-mail, phone number and (if available) fax number
  • affiliation/organization: name, address, country, and the position you hold/occupy
  • any additional information you may think is relevant to your application
General Information

Switzerland has been an Associated State to the Schengen Area since 12 December 2008.

To check whether or not you need a visa:

If you need a visa, here is where you can apply for it:

The basic requirements for a visa application are described in the following page:

The Swiss State Secretariat for Migration website will have all the information you may need:

Hôtel d’Angleterre *****
Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 1201 Genève
Tel: +41 (0) 22 90 65 555

Tiffany Hotel **** (245-265 CHF)
20, rue de l’Arquebuse, 1204 Genève
Tel: +41 22 708 16 16
Fax: +41 22 708 16 17

Home Swiss Hotel **** – (205-240 CHF)
Avenue de Sainte-Clotilde 7, 1205 Genève
Tel: +41 22 322 95 50
Fax: +41 22 322 95 55

Hôtel Comédie *** – (165-195 CHF)
12, rue de Carouge, 1205 Genève
Tel +41 22 322 23 24
Fax +41 22 322 23 23

Hôtel Cristal Genève *** – (200 CHF)
4, rue Pradier, 1201 Genève
Tel: +41 22 716 12 21
Fax: +41 22 716 12 22

Ramada Encore Geneva *** – (172 CHF)
10-12, Route des Jeunes, 1227 Carouge
Tel: +41 22 309 50 00

Hôtel Le Prince ** – (115 – 145 CHF)
16, rue des Voisins, 1205 Genève
Tel: +41 22 807 05 00
Fax: +41 22 320 28 70

Sponsors & Partners
Event People


Jean-Pierre WolfChairman

Univ. Geneva, Switzerland
Group Leader

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Jérome KasparianChairman

Univ. Geneva, Switzerland
Group Leader

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Program Committee

See Leang Chin (Laval University, Canada)
André Mysyrowicz (ENSTA, Palaiseau, France)
Stelios Tzortzakis (IESL-FORTH, Greece)
Jerome V. Moloney (University of Arizona, USA)
Zhizhan Xu (SIOM, CAS, China)
Ruxin Li (SIOM, CAS, China)
Francis Théberge (DRDC-Valcartier, Canada)
Réal Vallée (COPL, Laval University, Canada)
Jerome Kasparian (Univ. Geneva, Switzerland)
Jean-Pierre Wolf (Univ. Geneva, Switzerland)

Invited Speakers
Ladan Arissan
Andre Bandrauk
Luc Bergé
Matteo Clerici
François Courvoisier
Jean-Claude Diels
Gadi Fibich
Robert Fickler
Takao Fuji
Alexander Gaeta
Aurélien Houard
Daniil Kartashov
Jérôme Kasparian
Stephan Koch
Miroslav Kolesik
Olga Kosareva
Philippe Lassonde
Yi Liu
Weiwei Liu
Howard Milchberg
André Mysyrowicz
Joseph Peñano
Pavel Polynkin
Martin Richardson
Maria Richter
Guillaume Schimmel
Günter Steinmeyer
Francis Théberge
Sergei Tochitsky
Stelios Tzortzakis
Jerome Moloney
Tie-Jun Wang
Ludger Wöste
Aleksei Zheltikov
Arie Zigler
Conference Schedule
25th june 20188:30am - 6:30PM


08:30 – 09:30 Check-in
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome addressJean-Pierre Wolf
01 09:45 – 11:05 Theoretical Advances in filamentation (1)G. Steinmeyer, A. Zheltikov, M. Nesrallah
11:05 – 11:30 Coffee break
02 11:30 – 12:30 Self-focusing and collapseW. Liu, R. Fickler
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch
03 14:30 – 16:00 Laser machining and industrial applications with filamentsF. Courvoisier, A. Hofstrand, H. Kerrigan, M. Burger
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
04 16:30 – 18:30 Mid-IR filamentationJ. Moloney, A. Gaeta, S. Tochitsky, O. Kosareva
26th june 20189:00am - 6:00PM



01 09:00 – 10:30 Atmospheric applications and weather control (1)A. Mysyrovicz, TJ. Wang, F. Théberge
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
02 11:00 – 12:30 Teasers for posters
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch
03 14:30 – 16:00 Poster sessionOutside if sunny
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
04 16:30 – 18:00 Atmospheric applications and weather control (2)A. Houard, G. Fibich, J. Kasparian
27th june 20189:00am - 11:00PM
 01 09:00 – 11:00 THz science with filamentsVY. Fedorov, A. D. Koulouklidis, I. Thiele, L. Bergé, L. Kovachev
11:00 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
 02 14:00 – 16:00 Atmospheric applications and weather control (3)M. Richardson, G. Schimmel, J. Peñano, A. Zigler
15:30 – 16:30 Coffee break
  03 16:30 – 18:00 Ultrashort laser technologies and new high intensity mid-IR sourcesA. Pugzlys, TRUMPF Showcase, P. Lassonde
19:00 – 23:00 Conference dinner
28th june 20189:00am - 6:10PM


01 09:00 – 10:30 Strong field – matter interactions (1)M. Kolesik, H. Milchberg, M. Richter
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
02 11:00 – 12:30 Strong field – matter interactions (2)SW. Koch, T. Fuji, JT. Moody
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch
03 14:30 – 15:50 Filament-based spectroscopy and lasing (1)Y. Liu, L. Arissan, M. Britton
15:50 – 16:30 Coffee break
04 16:30 – 18:10 Filament-based spectroscopy and lasing (2)A. Bandrauk, P. Polynkin, P. Ding, C. Schmidt
29th june 20189:00am - 5:00PM
01 09:00 – 10:50 Filamentation control & filamentation in various mediaJC. Diels, S. Tzortzakis, M. Clerici, J. Penano
10:50 Farewell addressJean-Pierre Wolf
11:15 Lunch bags and coffee
02 12:45 – 16:00 CERN visit (on registration)

Submit your paper here30 march deadlineAsk either for a Talk or a PosterAcceptance notification by april 30th, 2018

Registration is open to all members of the scientific and technical community. Authors must obtain approval to have their paper reviewed by and presented to an international audience. During the online submission, the person registering the paper needs to tick a box to confirm that all authors of the submitted paper agree to include the contribution in the conference programme and on line digest.

Choosing the ‘Talk’ option will mean that your submission is automatically submitted as an oral contribution to the refereeing process. However, the programme committee can decide to affect it as a poster.

The option “Invited Talk” is only authorized for the pre-invited presenters. Do not choose this option unless you were explicitly formerly pre-invited to present an invited talk at the Conference.

For the submission we require:

  1. A short abstract (about 35-word text)
    This abstract will be included in the online and printed programme.
  2. A two-page summary in pdf format
    This extended version of the abstract will be used for the conference booklet.
    For the non ‘invited talk’, the refereeing process will be done based on this version.

Please follow the following template for your submission:
(download templates: Wordpdf, TeX)

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