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Gapontsev to Chair Symposium in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 28 – July 1, 2010

IPG Photonics Corporation, the world leader in high power fiber lasers and amplifiers, has announced the 5th International Symposium on High–Power Fiber Lasers and Their Applications. The symposium, organized by IPG Photonics, will be chaired by IPG Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Valentin Gapontsev. The event will be held June 28 – July 1 in St. Petersburg, Russia, in conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Laser Optics, the largest forum in the field of laser sciences in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Key topics of the symposium include high power fiber lasers and delivery for material processing applications, high energy fiber lasers, cutting and welding with kW fiber lasers and sintering and powder deposition. A complete list of topics can be found on the symposium web site, www.laseroptics.ru. The symposium will feature over 50 speakers, a plenary talk by Dr. Gapontsev as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of the laser.

The High Power Fiber Laser Symposium is a unique opportunity to mix with top specialists from around the world and learn about the latest breakthroughs in the field while enjoying the historical and cultural heritage of St. Petersburg, Russia. Call for Papers and program details will be announced in coming weeks. For more information, please contact Dr. Sergei Popov, 5th International Symposium Vice Chair, at spopov@igphotonics.com.

About IPG Photonics Corporation

IPG Photonics is the world leader in high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers. Founded in 1990, IPG pioneered the development and commercialization of optical fiber-based lasers for use in a wide range of applications such as materials processing, advanced, telecommunications and medical ones. Fiber lasers have revolutionized the industry by delivering superior performance, reliability and usability at a lower total cost of ownership compared with conventional lasers, allowing end users to increase productivity and decrease operating costs. IPG has its headquarters in Oxford, MA and has additional plants and offices throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.ipgphotonics.com.