FORTH (https://www.forth.gr/) is the largest and most successful Research Institution in Greece (1300 personnel) incorporating seven Institutes.
The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (FORTH-IESL) is a multi-disciplinary scientific laboratory that focuses its research on fundamental and applied issues related to materials science and technology and laser interactions with matter. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of laser interactions with materials by employing novel ultrafast laser systems.
The facilities cover a broad regime comprising:
a) state of the art amplified ultrashort pulsed laser systems and
b) instrumentation for materials research, including a variety of techniques for analytical measurements and characterization.
This laser facility incorporates state-of-the-art equipment in combination with highly specialized human expertise, capable of supporting cutting edge research projects in interdisciplinary scientific fields.
In the Ultrafast Laser Micro- and Nano-processing Laboratory of IESL, ULMNP, research is focused on fundamental and applied issues related to laser interactions with matter and the development of advanced photochemical functionalization schemes for the development of novel materials. ULMNP is a world expert group in the field of laser micro/nano processing and functionalization of materials comprising highly skilled scientists.
The unique characteristics of ultrashort pulsed lasers, emitting light pulses shorter than a few tens of picoseconds, have paved the way for new avenues in photonic applications.
Our aim is the exploitation of ultrashort laser pulses for material independent, micro/nano structuring, synthesis and functionalization as well as diagnostics for a variety of applications, including biomimetic structures, microfluidics, flexible optoelectronics and tissue engineering.
The application of focused fs laser pulses to fundamental processing of materials offers great potential for exciting emerging avenues for innovation and exploitation in the photonics industry.