On February 13-14, 2017, the first meeting of the Scientific and Industrial Advisory Committee (SIAC) was held at HiLASE in Dolní Břežany. The SIAC is included in the organizational structure of the HiLASE centre as an independent body playing the role of advisory group of experts from top-ranking research institutions. SIAC was established in 2016 and meets within 2-day meeting at least once a year, or more frequently if necessary.
The main goal of the kick-off meeting was related to approval of open access rules and assist with setting and preparation of the calls for proposals on regular basis. Moreover, the visit of the AB members focused on assessment of the Centre within a semi-operational period in the year 2016. The meeting was convened by the Head of the Centre Dr. Tomas Mocek and the SIAC members prof. Andrei Kanaev, prof. Valdas Sirutkaitis and prof. Marta Castillejo were presented. They were joined by the Open Access manager and the Leaders of individual research programmes.
prof. Andrei Kanaev (France) – professor at the laboratory of Sciences of Processes and Materials under the national Center for Scientific Research in France
prof. Valdas Sirutkaitis (Lithuania) – Head of Quantum Electronics Department at Vilnius University
prof. Marta Castillejo (Spain) – Professor, PhD degree in Physics from Complutense University of Madrid, acted as management Committee member of the European Laser Consortium LASERLAB EUROPE
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A group of 10 Senators from Czech Parliament visited ELI Beamlines on Monday , January 30th, 2017. They were invited by the director of IoP Jan Řídký. The project manager Roman Hvězda presented the goals and research activities of ELI Beamlines a HiLASE projects. After the discussion the senators had the opportunity to visit ELI and HiLASE laser halls. Martin Smrz presented HiLASE laser technologies and their applications in the industry.
„DiPOLE 100″ (alias „Bivoj“), a fully diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL) designed and constructed at STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, was delivered under contract to the HiLASE Centre in the Czech Republic. In mid-December 2016, it achieved its full design performance, operating at an output energy of 100 J per pulse at 10 Hz (1 kW) for over 1 hour without operator intervention.
Team HiLASE wishes you good health, personal joy, professional success and satisfaction in the New Year 2017.
In December 2016, Dr. Inam Mirza published in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) (IF = 5.228) the paper called: „Ultrashort pulse laser ablation of dielectrics: Thresholds, mechanisms, role of breakdown“. In this research, clear connections have been established between the thresholds and mechanisms of the damage and white-light generation upon femtosecond laser irradiation of wide-bandgap transparent materials. The experimental results demonstrate co-existence of several ablation mechanisms which can be separated in time, that is also supported by sophisticated numerical modeling.
The HiLASE Centre has been granted a 6-year project entitled “Advanced designing of functional materials: From mono- to BI- And TRI-chromatic excitation with tailored laser pulses” (Acronym BIATRI) under the Operational Programme of Research, Development and Education (OP VVV) of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic, Call “Excellent Research Teams”. The project leader is Professor Nadezhda Bulgakova, the leader of the Research Program 4 at HiLASE.
The European Commission has officially announced that is to co-fund the creation of a new „Centre of Excellence“ (CoE) for the industrial exploitation of new laser technology in partnership with the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Scientists from Czech Institute of Physics and the STFC’s Central Laser Facility in Oxfordshire, UK, will work together on the 5.5 year / 45 MEuro project. This is the first time to be funded under the „Widespread Teaming“ programme within Horizon 2020 that aims to improve the innovation performance of Member states.
We are happy to announce that Jan Pilar, PhD student and junior researcher within HiLASE Research Programme 2 won 2nd place at the graduate student poster competition at the 7th Conference of the International Committee on Ultrahigh intensity Lasers, Montebello, Canada, September 11-16, 2016. (www.icuil2016.org). The poster presented was tilted „Adaptive optics development at HiLASE“ and explained the results of his disertation. In addition to the poster competition, the biennial meeting ICUIL2016 also focused on the generation, amplification, compression, and measurement of ultra-high-intensity lasers as well as their applications.
On September 14th, 2016, Robert Wolf from Spectra-Physics visited HiLASE facility. Founded over 50 years ago as the very first commercial laser company, Spectra-Physics delivers breakthrough technologies that transform the way businesses operate and people live. From the manufacturing floor to the operating room to the research laboratory, the company has blazed a trail of discovery and success in lasers that continues to advance every day. Tomas Mocek and Robert Wolf discussed about current trends on the laser market and possible ways for cooperation.