North American Workshop on Laser Ablation 2017: May 25-27, Austin
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We are pleased to present the Abstract Book for the 2nd North American Workshop on Laser Ablation (NAWLA’17). NAWLA is a new biennial meeting with the mission to transfer laser ablation knowledge between specialists and promote a sense of community among laser ablation users. The inaugural 2015 workshop lasted two days and had 110 participants. NAWLA’17 now expands to 2.5 days and brings together 130 scientists and vendors from 12 countries. Once again, the Jackson School of Geosciences hosts NAWLA at the University of Texas at Austin. NAWLA’17 covers the latest progress in laser-based microanalytical instrumentation, methods and applications, and provides opportunities for informal interaction among attendees. We accepted 66 abstracts (34 oral, including 8 plenary talks, 32 poster presentations), contributing to eight thematic sessions – most concluding with a moderated Q&A period. Eminent guest speakers, Professors Sam Houk (USA) and Henry Longerich (Canada) initiate a theme session on the Foundations of LA-ICP-MS including a moderated discussion with all participants. NAWLA’17 introduces a laser ablation image competition, with a grand prize and people’s choice award.
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