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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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The Max Born Institute (MBI) for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (200 employees) is one of the leading research institutions in Europe in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics of the interaction of light with matter. Founded in 1992, MBI is a member of the Leibniz Association, and receives institutional founding from both the federal government and the state of Berlin. The mission of MBI is to combine world-class fundamental research with the development and application of sophisticated short-pulse laser systems, which are made available to guest users through infra-structural programs like Laserlab Europe, which is coordinated by MBI. MBI has developed the photo-cathode lasers that are used at DESY on the FLASH and (in future) XFEL free electron lasers, and is deeply involved in the development of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI)-project as a large-scale European infrastructure. In line with the new focus on attosecond science, emphasis is currently placed on the development of CEP-stable OPCPA systems, ranging from the high-repetition rate systems addressed in this project to lower repetition rate systems (~100Hz) that reach multi-Terawatt levels.

Role in the project
The main role of MBI in the project will be the development of the CEP-stable and support for the development of the wavelength-tunable OPA systems, as well as the development of the velocity map imaging setup. Both of these developments benefit from considerable specialized expertise that is available.

Expected benefits from the project
It has been the experience of MBI that close collaboration with industrial partners like AMPLITUDE SYSTEMES, FEMTOLASERS, APE and PHOTEK brings mutual benefits, where knowledge transfer from MBI to the companies is accompanied by feedback and the acquisition of valuable knowledge by MBI. In addition, the development of laser & instrumentation systems such as the ones described here is in line with and helps to illustrate the mission of the institute as a source of knowledge transfer into science and society, thereby supporting the long-term viability of MBI as an independent research institution.

 

 

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