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Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences / HiLASE
Laser technologies

Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences / HiLASE

General description


HiLASE is a laser research centre focusing on the experimental development of a new generation of lasers with high energy pulse or high frequency repetition that is more compact and stable than the devices currently available. It offers contract and cooperative research services as well as expert measurements and customization. The “next generation” laser technology is based on highly efficient diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL) amplifiers. The multi-slab laser at HiLASE (“Bivoj”) represents the world’s first kW average power, high-energy, nanosecond pulsed diode pumped solid state laser. The HiLASE team also works on associated laser technologies, which include high-power optical isolators, adaptive optics, and characterization of laser materials at cryogenic temperatures. To testing durability and long-term stability of optical components, the Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) and Laser Shock Peening (LSP) station has been constructed. Both stations serve successfully for industrial companies, thus providing a roadmap to sustainability. HiLASE is a holder of the European HR Excellence in Research Award.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

  • Laser system “BIVOJ”: kW-class nanosecond pulsed diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL). First operation of the laser at the end of 2016 demonstrated amplification of 10 ns pulses at 10 Hz pulse repetition rate to the energy of 105 J at 1029.5 nm, representing the world’s first kW average power, high-energy, nanosecond pulsed DPSSL.
  • Laser system “PERLA”: based upon Yb:Yag thin disk technology, offering ps and fs pulses at average powers up to 1 kW, over a range of energy and repetition rate combinations.
  • Femtosecond micro-processing station: The microprocessing facility has been developed for irradiation of materials by ultrashort laser pulses (about 35 fs pulse duration) where the thermal effects, often undesirable, can be significantly reduced compared to the irradiation by longer laser pulse.
  • Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) station: is defined as the highest quantity of laser radiation incident on an optical component for which the extrapolated probability of damage is zero. Optical components can be damaged by laser irradiation of sufficiently high energy or power.
  • Laser shock peening (LSP) station: is a surface treatment process designed to improve mechanical properties and fatigue performance of various metals and alloys. The method utilizes a high intensity laser beam to generate strong pressure shock waves on the material surface.


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Research groups

The following research groups of this Hosting organisation are involved in the first call of MERIT. The candidates can freely formulate their own research topic aligned with activities and research focus of these research groups.

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2 calls
30 fellowships
30 months