From 5 to 10 June, the 7th International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE-7) was held in Berlin. This conference, which has been held regularly in various countries since 1993, was organised this year by both BAM and the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences – ISAS – e.V., and was roundly praised by all participants as a highly successful event of a standard meeting the world's best.
ICSE-7 2016 in Berlin with record participation
344 participants were present at the numerous presentations, device exhibits, round tables and poster sessions on developments in ellipsometric measurement methods and the diverse applications of ellipsometry in many material and application engineering fields over the five days of the event. It focused in part on applications in materials research, surface and coating technology, including in relation to nano and microscale anisotropic materials and properties. The “Paul Drude Award” has also been traditionally presented to the next generation of young scientists. This award is a recognition of outstanding presentations and research results and is named in honour of the eponymous German physicist.
The ICSE 7 marks a seamless continuation of the previous events in Paris, Charleston, Vienna, Stockholm, Albany and Kyoto. Berlin's weather putting on a good show also helped to encourage a not inconsiderable proportion of the participants at this year's conference to refer to it as the “best ICSE ever”.