Welcome to PRE'24

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PRE’24 is the tenth 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), PRE’17 in Rome (Italy), PRE’19 in Nice (France), and a dual event in 2022: PRE’22-Mexico and PRE’22-Poland. More details are available in the History page.

Nineteen years later, PRE will come back to the venue when its history begun, namely the city of Trento, in Northern Italy, seat of advanced research Institutes of the National Research Council (CNR), a prestigious University, and the top research organization FBK – Fondazione Bruno Kessler. Not to forget that Trento is immersed in a beautiful alpine scenery, presents fascinating pieces of medieval architecture, and also offers the possibility of visiting two appealing museums: the Museum of Science “Muse” (“Museo delle Scienze”) in Trento and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art “Mart” (“Museo dell'arte moderna e contemporanea”) in the close by city of Rovereto.

More than 1,000 scientists and students from over 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 decades, 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 widely employed in light sources and amplifiers, optical displays, fluorescent probes, luminescent labels, frequency converters, detectors, and so on, covering fields ranging from telecommunication to sensing, from medical diagnosis to energy. Despite of it, there is still an increasing demand for novel functions to further extend practical applications.
Despite the problems caused by the COVID19 pandemics and the difficulties in coming back to ‘normality’, two PRE events were held in 2022 and we are now working for the organization of an exciting PRE workshop in 2024.
Like the previous ones, PRE’24 aims at providing to material scientists, chemists and physicists the opportunity of debating about the state of the art and the perspectives of the photonic materials based on rare earth ions. Contributions on both fundamental photoluminescence properties and application-oriented material investigations are welcome.

We look forward to greet you in Trento in 2024!

Maurizio Ferrari and Giancarlo C. Righini
Honorary Chairs, PRE’24