Laser Science and its interactions

The Laser science department concentrates on the development of laser sources for a variety of applications. The research focus areas in the field of laser development are in designing and characterizing modern, diode-pumped solid-state and fiber lasers. In the framework of their activities, the department of laser science and its interactions covers the complete spectrum, from basic research to industrial applications.

In the field of ultrashort pulse fiber oscillators, resonator-internal pulse dynamics for energy scaling will be investigated. Innovative concepts for compact, mode-locked fiber oscillators with wavelengths around 2 µm will be developed for structuring organic solar cells. Further scaling of the pulse energy for the wavelength of 2 µm using regenerative amplifiers will be also developed.

Another focus of research of the department is the realization of highly-stable, single-frequency, diode-pumped solid-state lasers and laser amplifiers for gravitational wave detection. Furthermore, fiber-based laser sources with variable pulse parameters will be developed for industrial applications in the marking industry. Also, supercontinuum sources for use in life sciences are being developed. The department will have a comprehensive range of equipment for developing and characterizing innovative, passive and active fiber-optic components, which are being used for example in fiber oscillators and fiber amplifiers. A further research activity deals with investigating laser characteristics of nanoparticle doped polymers.

Apart from the broad-based use of lasers, the department of laser science and its interactions has specialized in realizing laser systems for use in scientific missions in space, and in meeting the associated technical requirements, such as lifetime, weight and output.