On 24thApril 2012, the Laser Connect First Workshop on Short pulse laser processing of thin films was held at M-solv Ltd (Kidlington, Oxford, UK). The workshop provided a comprehensive overview of the application of short pulse laser energy to selectively pattern a thin film coating on an engineering substrate. The workshop attendees were informed about recent developments in short laser sources. Discussion about integration of laser sources in industrial production system was followed by the demonstration of M-solv processing machines. After the lunch break Dr. David Ashkenasi (Laser‐ und Medizin‐Technologie GmbH, Berlin, Germany) presented perspectives on ultra‐short laser materials processing. The workshop was concluded by a dissemination of research progress in Laser connect project.
Participants were experts from the three Laser Connect partner institutions as well as engineers and scientists interested in the selective patterning technologies, for touch panel displays, photovoltaics and high density electronics – about 4o people in all.