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The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures

Laserlab-Europe has entered a new phase of its successful cooperation: the Consortium now brings together 33 leading organisations in laser-based inter-disciplinary research from 16 countries. Together with associate partners, Laserlab covers the majority of European member states. 22 facilities offer access to their labs for research teams from Europe and beyond.

Lasers and photonics, one of five key enabling technologies identified by the European Union, are not only essential for the scientific future but also for the socio-economic security of any country. Laser technology is a key innovation driver for highly varied applications and products in many areas of modern society, thereby substantially contributing to economic growth. Laserlab-Europe aims to strengthen Europe's leading position and competitiveness in this key area. The main objectives are:


The FELIX laser room
© FELIX Laboratory, Radboud University

New research opportunities in Laserlab-Europe

Another three excellent laser facilities have joined Laserlab-Europe in the fourth phase of its existence. FELIX and FERMI add a variety of free-electron lasers (FELs) to the consortium, whereas Coimbra Laser Lab specialises in lasers for biology and health. This focus section highlights the opportunities that these three new partners offer, as well as some novel techniques that have recently come available at long-time partners LENS and CLF.

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Lasers for the Environment

A clean and healthy environment is of utmost importance for all living beings. ‘Nature is our life support system, so we have to look after it’, as the European Union puts it. Laser science can be used in many, very different ways to contribute to a better environment. By measuring toxins or biological agents, for example, or by studying microbes that might be used for soil cleaning. But lasers can also be instrumental in developing cleaner combustion processes. In this focus section, a number of projects
from partners of Laserlab-Europe are presented that are beneficial, in one way or the other, to our precious environment.

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Targeting bacteria: Representation of fluorescence lifetime microscopy on Geobacter sulfureduccens microbes containing uranyl acetate. (Reproduced from Chem. Sci. 6, 5133 (2015) with permission of authors, © Royal Society of Chemistry)


High repetition rate Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplifier
(OPCPA) system at MBI. Photo: MBI

NEWS: European researchers light the way towards top-level laser science and innovations

LASERLAB-EUROPE, the consortium of major European laser research organisations, enters a new phase of collaboration from 2015 until 2019. In a very competitive call the consortium has been successful in securing EC funding of 10 million euros in Horizon 2020.

Lasers are important tools in modern technologies, medical science and research. Recently the field of advanced lasers has experienced remarkable breakthroughs in laser technologies and novel applications. Laser technology is a key innovation driver for highly varied applications and products in many areas of modern society, thereby substantially contributing to economic growth.

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Quantum simulation of a portion of an organic solar
cell composed bya polymer chain, and a fullerene
buckyball. © Carlo Andrea Rozzi

Lasers for Solar Energy

Only a small fraction of the incident solar radiation is needed to cover the global energy demand. As such, solar energy has a huge potential as a sustainable source of energy. Indeed, the percentage of electricity generated from sunlight has grown quickly over the past few years, mainly because of the highly successful crystalline silicon solar cells. In order to sustain this growth, though, the world needs new solar technologies, which can provide cheaper and – quite literally – more flexible solar materials. This focus section features stories from several scientists within Laserlab-Europe, partners as well as users, giving a flavour of the solar technologies under study and the laser techniques that are used to look into their workings.

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©Monty Rakusen

Lasers For Life

Since its invention over 50 years ago, the laser has found applications across many areas of science and medicine, ranging from fundamental research using spectroscopy and imaging techniques to clinical applications for diagnosis and treatment.
Laserlab-Europe is active in many areas of biomedically-related laser science, and significant advances are being made across all areas. Laserlab researchers provide insight into the diverse range of biomedical topics that are addressed within the consortium:

To help set out a roadmap for the field, Laserlab-Europe held a ‘Lasers for Life’ Foresight Workshop at the Royal Society, London, on the 2nd to 4th June 2014. >>> Read more


novel photodetector
Impression of the novel photodetector envisioned by Frank Koppens
and Gerasimos Konstantatos. Colloidal quantum dots (red) on a
layer of graphene (honeycomb structure). ©ICFO

Laserlab and industry

Technological inventions, whether originating from the academic world or created in industry’s research labs, are an essential ingredient for our modern economy. Close collaboration between science and industry increases the odds that such findings will eventually benefit society. In these collaborations, knowledge can flow in two directions. We present a short overview of some high-tech companies, both recent spin-offs and independent businesses, associated with several Laserlab-Europe partners. In addition, two new ERC Proof of Concept projects – from LaserLaB Amsterdam and ICFO – are presented, illustrating how the European Research Council stimulates development of scientific results into profitable products.

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Salle de Jeaune LOA

Access success stories

Ever since the beginning of Laserlab-Europe, one of its most important features has been the Transnational Access Programme. Up to now, about 1,200 scientists from institutions outside Laserlab-Europe had access to Laserlab facilities to perform their experiments. Proposals for Transnational Access are reviewed by an external and independent Access Selection Panel on the basis of scientific merit. Access to Laserlab facilities is free of charge; travel and accommodation expenses of visits with a typical duration of two to six weeks are covered by the Programme. Through the years, many long-term research collaborations have been formed as a result of Transnational Access. On the following pages, we highlight a few particularly successful access projects.

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