This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 315744

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FEMTOLASERS is the premier manufacturer of compact ultrafast laser systems generating optical pulses in the 10 fs-range. During the past few years, no other companies have been able to develop and successfully produce ultra-fast lasers with comparable short pulses. The company, founded in 1994, is a spin-off of the research activities of the Vienna Group (based at the Vienna University of Technology), well known in the academic community for their contributions to femtosecond and attosecond laser technology. Its products find applications in the fields of spectroscopy, microscopy, biology, chemistry, medical diagnostics (laser tomography) and material processing (micromachining). About 15% of the annual turnover is reinvested into R&D. To date, FEMTOLASERS has about 45 employees. Together with 11 distributors from Europe, Asia, and the USA. it is committed to serve with the shortest pulses commercially available.

 

With a base of more than 700 systems installed worldwide, its R&D department is still aiming at increasing product values in terms of efficiency, bandwidth, pulse duration, compactness and usability. All laser systems are manufactured in a clean room facility. Inside the production area oscillator and amplifier assembly stations are available equipped with state-of-the-art testing equipment.

Role in the project
FEMTOLASERS’s core technology is based on dispersive optics for the generation and amplification of ultrafast laser pulses. It holds more than two dozen international patents on core components for femtosecond and attosecond laser systems.
FEMTOLASERS will develop a high-end Ti:Sa laser that both delivers sub-10 fs laser pulses and at the same time seeds the OPCPA pump light source mainly developed by AMPLITUDE SYSTEMES. The output of the laser will be CEP stabilized for efficient generation of extreme UV or soft X-ray optical pulses. It will work with MBI and AMPLITUDE SYSTEMES to prove the lasers performance with the pump light source and the OPCPA system, respectively.

Expected benefits from the project
The dynamics in the high-tech and research sector in Europe and the USA require a high commitment to innovations to remain competitive. This project will strengthen FL’s position as a manufacturer of pulsed light sources for the high-end femtosecond laser market. It will increase its expertise in developing dispersive (or “chirped”) mirrors and exploiting the emission of Ti:Sa even beyond 1 µm. Applications of such a femtosecond laser are not limited to OPCPA pumping or attosecond generation, but also applications in bio-photonics like ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography or CARS (Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering) imaging are conceivable and considered to sustain strong beneficial impact.

 

 

 

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