Ultrafast lasers have over the past
twenty years gained a wide acceptance in the international scientific
and industrial community.
The introduction in the early 1990’s
of the first commercial systems led to a scientific revolution.
This first revolution was followed by further
expansion into many different applications. Today, ultrafast lasers
are employed in fields as diverse as vision correction, solar cell
manufacturing or semi-conductor metrology. In particular, the development
of directly diode-pumped, Ytterbium based all-solid-state laser
sources enabled the penetration of ultrafast laser technologies
in industrial markets, sometimes in application domains unforeseen
in the beginning and spawning from scientific research.
The SME participants in the FLAME project are
at the forefront of these developments. They experienced growth
thanks to both, advanced scientific markets and innovative industrial
applications.Through the FLAME project, the SMEs wish to bring to
market the most advanced laser technology that exists in research
By means of RTD contracts with selected partners,
they wish to develop MHz laser sources that have the potential to
replace common and well established amplifier systems (in the kHz