The laser is one of the remarkable inventions of the 20th century that provided the most innovative and useful tool for experimental fluid mechanics. Technological developments in lasers, detectors, electronics and computers have then continued to be the source of new techniques, improved accuracy, higher spatial or temporal resolution and new applications. Over the past 34 years, The International Symposia on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, often referred to simply as the "Lisbon Symposia", have been persistently providing forums for promoting the interchange of new ideas on the development of advanced techniques for flow measurement and on the latest applications in the field.
But, more recently, the intertwining of imaging devices and image acquisition techniques have been central to the continuous development of time resolved laser imaging techniques for the accurate measurement of whole, instantaneous fields and vectors. In this context, the Lisbon Symposium has also been welcoming advanced imaging techniques and processing methods where they facilitate new insights into the complex thermo-fluid-dynamic phenomena, even though not based on lasers light sources, such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging.
The conference program is made of four parallel oral sessions of contributed papers and keynote lectures, around which an exhibition runs to bring together world leading manufacturers of laser and imaging equipment for fluid flow research. A plenary session is also planned, featured by the exhibitors, to provide ample opportunity for attendees to be acquainted with the latest laser based techniques developed for fluid flow research. Visit the website of Lisbon Symposium to find out more about all past editions, where all the papers presented since 2000 are available for download.