Nonlinear and Quantum Optics

Studying the mechanisms of nonlinear and quantum optical phenomena, from filaments to super-continuum generation in gas and transparent media

GSI (Darmstadt, Germany)

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany is an accelerator laboratory hosting PHELIX (Petawatt High-Energy Laser for Ion eXperiments), both for combined laser/accelerator and standalone laser experiments. The PHELIX laser at GSI presently permits two types of operation: Pulses of a duration between 0.5 ns and 20 ns with a widely variable pulse shape and energies up to 1 kJ, and 0.5 ps short-pulse petawatt-class operation. One high-energy and one low-energy laser stand-alone target area are available, as well as a target area for combined laser / linear accelerator ion beam experiments with a dedicated 100 TW proton acceleration beamline. A new target area dedicated to combined laser / synchrotron ion beam experiments will be available by 2021.

HIJ (Jena, Germany)

The Few-Cycle-Laser laboratory is operating various laser sources for the investigation of strong field and attosecond laser physics. Ultrashort laser pulses in different spectral regions are available. POLARIS is an all-diode pumped laser system operated at HI-Jena and FSU Jena, currently reaching the highest peak power worldwide (170 TW on target) for such a system. Delivering <100-fs pulses at a rep-rate of 1/50 Hz with up to 17 J energy and extreme temporal contrast, POLARIS is an indispensable tool for our research program on laser-driven particle acceleration.

ICFO (Barcelona, Spain)

ICFO aims to advance the very limits of knowledge in Photonics, namely the science and technology of harnessing Light for fundamental physics, chemistry, material science, and applications in biological and medical research. Within ICFO, the SLN lab is equipped with cutting edge microscopy techniques and performs continuous development to provide unique features. The research programs cover a wide range of applications, from super resolution to mesoscopic levels. We collaborate with industry, hospitals and research centres. Our systems are available to all type of end-users. We provide training that can be accommodated to any type of user.

CELIA (Bordeaux, France)

CELIA is a centre of excellence in lasers and their interaction with matter. Research is performed on laser development, ultra-short intense laser matter interactions and applications, from the physics of hot dense plasmas to laser-molecule or laser-atom interactions. 3 state-of-the art laser drivers based on Ti:sapphire and Yb:fiber feed 9 fully-equipped end-stations including secondary XUV and X-ray sources.

CLPU (Salamanca, Spain)

CLPU operates VEGA, a multi Terawatt laser system composed by three independent and synchronised 30 fs long Ti:Sa based-laser pulses: VEGA-3 of 1 PW (at 1Hz), VEGA- 2 of 200 TW and VEGA-1 of 20 TW (both up to 10 Hz). Besides its architecture, the uniqueness of VEGA is that it is a petawatt-class laser system of high-repetition rate.

LOA (Palaiseau, France)

LOA has played a pioneering role in the development of ultrafast laser-matter science at high intensities and related new concept of ultrafast lasers and secondary sources (electrons, protons, EUV, X-ray and gamma-rays, THz). LOA was one of the founders of the LASERLAB community. LOA develops cutting-edge advanced programs to answer scientific and societal challenges.

MBI (Berlin, Germany)

MBI conducts basic research in nonlinear optics, ultrafast dynamics, the interaction of matter with laser light, and into the resulting applications. It develops and utilizes ultrashort and ultrafast lasers and laser-based short-pulse light sources in a wide spectral range in conjunction with nonlinear spectroscopy methods, as well as combining lasers with x-ray pulses from free electron lasers and synchrotrons.

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.

LLC (Lund, Sweden)

Located in Lund, in the south of Sweden, the LLC is the largest unit in the Scandinavian countries in the field of lasers and their use in spectroscopy, diagnostics and analysis. Its research programme ranges from atomic physics and attoscience to medical diagnostics and treatment, from fundamental quantum information and single-molecule spectroscopy to applied laser diagnostics of industrial processes.

LENS (Florence, Italy)

LENS, the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, is a center of excellence at the University of Florence. Research interests include photonics, biophysics, chemistry and atomic physics. Three different main research areas (BIOPHOTONICS, PHOTONIC MATERIALS, ATOMIC PHYSICS) and more than twenty research topics, corresponding to active laboratories, are presently running.

CLF (Oxfordshire, UK)

The CLF offers access to five unique laser facilities for multi-disciplinary research. VULCAN operates two target areas: a high energy 1 PW capability and a synchronised 100 TW & 2 kJ/ns capability, both with very flexible configurations for research in high energy density science. GEMINI offers a unique synchronised dual beam capability with 0.5 PW beams operating at one shot every 20 seconds, focussing on plasma accelerators and the generation and application of secondary sources. ARTEMIS has three beamlines utilising HHG, at 1 kHz/800 nm/200 eV and 100 kHz/1700 nm/1 keV (due online shortly), with a wide suite of end stations for pump-probe experiments in ultrafast XUV science. ULTRA is an ultrafast pump-probe laser spectroscopy facility, combining laser, detector and sample manipulation technology to probe ultrafast molecular dynamics. OCTOPUS: a suite of imaging and laser trapping capabilities, such as super-resolution (including cryogenic), confocal, and light sheet microscopy, single molecule imaging/tracking, and focused ion beam SEM.

HILASE (Dolni Břežany, Czech Republic)

HiLASE operates two diode-pumped Yb:YAG solid state laser facilities: Bivoj, delivering over 1 kW of average power in 105 J, 10 ns pulses at 10 Hz, for laser shock peening and ion generation, and Perla, a high average power laser platform generating < 2 ps pulses in broad spectral region from 206 nm to 3 microns for laser processing.