VULRC (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Vilnius University Laser Research Center (VULRC) hosts a number of laboratories dedicated to fundamental and applied laser research. The research topics include but are not limited to laser micromachining, nanophotonics, standardized metrology of optical components, development of novel laser and parametric sources, investigation of nonlinear phenomena in the NIR and MIR spectral ranges, generation and application of broadband terahertz pulses, time-resolved spectroscopy, nonlinear microscopy and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy.

Research highlights

VULRC
Vilnius University Laser Research Center,
Vilnius, Lithuania

VULRC

www.lasercenter.vu.lt

Contact: Ieva Grudiene

Material Sciences (tissue engineering)

3D micro-structuring was performed at VULRC via two-photon polymerisation of poly (glycerol sebacate)-methacrylate - an elastomeric degradable polymer [Front. Phys. 6, 41 (2018)].

Nonlinear optics

Spectral broadening and conical emission of near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses in air was investigated [J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 51, 045402 (2018)].

Laser and optics technologies

VULRC allowed performing nano- and micromachining of a cell colonization membrane in photosensitive glass and fused silica by femtosecond laser technology for potential use in a Blood-Brain-Barrier-on-a-Chip.

Condensed matter physics

Coherent rare-earth pair excitation in Li6Y(BO3)3 crystals was investigated at VULRC.

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Expertise

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Most of the research at VULRC is performed using femtosecond light pulses with some laser systems coupled to optical parametric amplifiers providing outstandingly broad (190 nm to 10 µm) tunability. Broadly tunable femtosecond pulses are used for spectroscopic applications and experiments on nonlinear optics from infrared to THz range. One such experimental setup is dedicated for investigation of filamentation and multioctave supercontinuum generation in bulk solids up to 5.5 mm.  And even shorter (up to 15 fs) pulses tunable in the visible are also available and serves as a source for advanced holography/imaging setup.

Several Yb:KGW femtosecond amplifiers are used and one of them is unique model; which can produce 300 fs pulses at a continuously variable repetition rate in the range from 10 kHz to 400 kHz while maintaining unprecedented 20 W average power. The latter laser system is coupled to a cutting edge laser material processing workbench, where specimen areas of 150x150 mm can be processed with the transverse accuracy of 300 nm. The nanophotonics laboratory investigates light-mater interaction at direct laser writing 3D lithographic fabrication conditions and is also working on the development of multifunctional and integrated micro-optical and micro-fluidic components. Finally, a 1 kHz tabletop OPCPA system providing CEP-stable 10 fs pulses has recently became operational and is planned to be used for investigation of high-energy laser-matter interaction using real-time spectroscopic tools.

Equipment offered to external users
1. Femtosecond laser for industrial applications PHAROS-20W:

Wavelength

1030 nm (fundamental)
515 nm (second harmonic)
343 nm (third harmonic)
257 nm (fourth harmonic)

Pulse repetition rate

1 – 600 kHz

Average power

20 W @200 kHz @1030 nm
8 W @200 kHz @515 nm
4 W @200 kHz @343 nm
2 W @200 kHz @257 nm

Pulse duration

<300 fs,
(Can be changed in range 0.3-6 ps)

Pulse energy

>0.4 mJ in range 1-5 kHz @1030 nm

2. Tunable pulse repetition rate and wavelength femtosecond laser for fundamental light matter interaction studies, bio- and nanophotonics:

Wavelength

300 – 2700 nm (continuously tunable)

Pulse repetition rate

1 – 1000 kHz of amplifier and 80 MHz of oscillator

Average power

6 W @200 kHz @1030 nm

Pulse duration

280 fs of amplified pulses and 80 fs of oscillator,
(Can be changed in range 0.3-10 ps)

Pulse energy

>0.2 mJ in range 1-10 kHz @1030 nm

3. Femtosecond laser 'Libra-USP-HE', TOPAS-800 parametric amplifiers and multi-pulse transient absorption setup, THz pulse generation:

Wavelength

800 nm

Pulse repetition rate

1 kHz

Average power

3.5 W

Pulse duration

100 fs or 50 fs (user selectable, can be changed in range 0.05-10 ps)

Pulse energy

3.5 mJ

Tuning range of TOPAS-800 parametric amplifiers

240-12000 nm

Output energy of TOPAS-800

50 uJ typical

Pump wavelength range of multi-pulse transient absorption setup

240-12000 nm, two independent simultaneously running pump beam lines

Probe wavelength range of multi-pulse transient absorption setup

240-12000 nm using TOPAS-800 (single point detectors)
350-1100 nm using white light supercontinuum (multichannel detector)

Delay range accessible in transient absorption experiments

50 fs-8 ns

Instrument response of multi-pulse transient absorption setup

120 fs FWHM typical

4. High average power sub 10 fs OPCPA system for experiments on HHG generation and light-matter interaction:

Wavelength

800 nm

Pulse repetition rate

1 kHz

Average power

up to 10 W

Pulse duration

down to 8- 9 fs

Pulse energy

up to 10 mJ

System equipped with vacuum chamber of HHG generation, and XUV spectrometer.

5. Femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser system coupled with tunable optical parametric amplifier for diverse experimental studies, THz pulse generation:

Main wavelength

800 nm

Wavelength from tunable OPA device

250 – 9000 nm (continuously tunable)

Pulse repetition rate

1 kHz

Average power

10 W@800 nm

Pulse duration

35 fs

Pulse energy

Up to 10 mJ@800 nm and >50 mJ at any other wavelength within tuning range

6. OPTICS CHARACTERIZATION (namely laser induced damage threshold testing) IS POSSIBLE AT SUCH IRRADIATION CONDITIONS INCLUDING VACUUM AND CRYO-COOLING

6.1 INNOLAS SpitLight Hybrid: Nd:YAG

Parameter

Value

Wavelength

1064 nm (fundamental)

532 nm (second harmonic)

355 nm (third harmonic)

266 nm (fourth harmonic)

213 nm (fifth harmonic)

Pulse repetition rate

(1-100) Hz

Average power

30 W in range 50 Hz  @ 1064 nm

Pulse duration

8 ns (FWHM)

Pulse energy

600  in range 50 Hz @ 1064 nm

6.2 INNOLAS SpitLight DPSS: Nd:YAG

Parameter

Value

Wavelength

1064 nm (fundamental)

Pulse repetition rate

1 kHz

Average power

10 W in range 1 kHz  @ 1064 nm

Pulse duration

10 ns (FWHM) @ 1064 nm

Pulse energy

10 mJ in range 1 kHz @ 1064 nm

Second (532 nm) and third (355 nm) harmonics are available with an external system (not part of the laser unit).

6.3 PHAROS-20W: Yb:KGW (with characteristics listed under 1. above)

6.4 COHERENT LIBRA: Ti:Sapphire

Parameter

Value

Wavelength

800 nm

Pulse repetition rate

1 kHz

Average power

3.5 W in range 1 kHz @ 800 nm

Pulse duration

100 fs or 50 fs (user selectable, can be changed in range 0.05-10 ps)

Pulse energy

3.5 mJ in range 1 kHz @ 800 nm

Tuning range of TOPAS-800 parametric amplifiers:

240-12000 nm

Output energy of TOPAS-800

50 µJ typical

Second (400 nm) harmonics are available with an external system (not part of the laser unit).

6.5 EKSPLA NL303: Nd:YAG

Parameter

Value

Wavelength

1064 nm (fundamental)

532 nm (second harmonic)

355 nm (third harmonic)

266 nm (fourth harmonic)

Pulse repetition rate

10 Hz

Average power

30 W in range 50 Hz  @ 1064 nm

Pulse duration

3 - 6 ns (FWHM) @ 1064 nm