Milestones

The HiLASE Centre (acronym for High average power pulsed LASErs) is a scientific research centre of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. It was established at the turn of August and September 2011.

In the years that followed, the HiLASE Centre has become an internationally recognised scientific facility, developing a new generation of high-power diode-pumped solid-state lasers that are used for a wide range of high-end industrial applications such as Laser Shock Peening, durability testing of optical components (Laser Induced Damage Threshold) and laser micromachining.

The HiLASE Centre has also set several world records during its ten-year existence.

In the development of advanced lasers and in industrial and scientific applications of lasers, we are already setting the direction and trends in the use of laser technology,” says Tomáš Mocek, Head of the HiLASE Centre.

Take a look at the significant milestones of the HiLASE Centre.

2022

Award for Jan Kaufman

Jan Kaufman was awarded second place at the 14th International Conference on Shot Peening. The jury evaluated both the quality of the paper and of the oral presentation on Laser Shock Peening to enhance stress corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue resistance in marine aluminium alloys.
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2022

Roger Kelly Award for Martin Zukerstein

Martin Zukrestein took 2nd place in the Rising Star category at the 7th Venice International School on Lasers in Materials Science (SLIMS).
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2022

Another world record on the BIVOJ laser

Within the second harmonic frequency, we achieved 515 nm, pulses with an energy of 95 J at a repetition rate of 10 Hz.
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2021

Werner von Siemens 2021 award for Petr Hauschwitz

The Werner von Siemens Award for the first place in the Best Dissertation category was awarded to Ing. Petr Hauschwitz, Ph.D., leader of the LMM team of the HiLASE Centre.
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2021

Tomáš Mocek chosen as the personality of the Visionaries 2021

Tomáš Mocek received the award for the personality of the Visionaries 2021 project. The Visionaries competition focuses on finding, rewarding and raising the profile of exceptional innovative achievements in Czech business and cooperation between applied research and practice that have significant technological, social or societal benefits.
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2021

HiLASE Centre Receives Prestigious Visionaries 2021 Award

The HiLASE Centre (Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences) is a proud winner of the Visionaries 2021 award, which is given by CzechInno, a non-governmental association supporting Czech innovative entrepreneurship.
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2021

The third world record on the BIVOJ laser system

In November, the high energy output from BIVOJ was converted (via second harmonic frequency conversion) to 515 nm wavelength pulses with an energy of more than 68 J at a repetition rate of 10 Hz. This was the world’s highest average power in the category of high energy (>1 J), high average power lasers.
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2021

HiLASE Centre celebrates its 10th birthday!

It has been 10 years since the project application for the HiLASE Centre was approved.
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2021

40 401 beams in a laser multi-beam nanostructuring is a new record

The new record in multibeam laser nanostructuring, with respect to the number of laser beams simultaneously modifying the material surface, was reached due to the active scientific cooperation of the HiLASE Centre of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences with the Israeli company HOLO/OR Ltd.
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2021

World record in the speed production of laser-induced periodic nanostructures on stainless steel surface

The Laser Micromachining team led by Peter Hauschwitz, applied a concept of multi beam processing of record speed of 1909 cm2/min to create nanostructures on stainless steel.
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2021

HiLASE Centre presents its new spin-off Hi-Beams, s.r.o.

Innovative methods of material surface treatment and a completely new and unique solution in the field of industrial tool preparation, using laser technologies, are available thanks to Hi-Beams, s.r.o., a newly established spin-off of HiLASE Centre and SHM company, an expert on industrial PVD coatings.
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2021

A new World record for BIVOJ laser

The BIVOJ laser has broken its own performance record that is set in 2016! In a recent test, the system was operated for an hour at a pulse energy in excess of 145 J (with a maximum of 146.5 J) in 10 ns pulses at a repetition rate of 10 Hz at a wavelength of 1030 nm.
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2020

First tailor-made commercial PERLA® 100 laser unit delivered to a customer

Laser Engineers at HiLASE Centre have built and shipped our commercial PERLA® 100 laser unit, optimised to the clients’ specific needs.
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2020

Scientific breakthrough: crystallization of amorphous TiO2 nanotube layers into a pure anatase phase

The successful crystallization of TNT layers into pure anatase at a high annealing speed can be attributed to unique parameters of the HiLASE Perla-C laser which combines high energy per pulse at its fourth harmonics, short pulse duration (2 ps), and high repetition rate.
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2020

Adaptation of LIDT station

LIDT (Laser Induced Damaged Threshold) station adapted for handling large, 3x3 mm top-hat beam from Bivoj laser and successfully demonstrated with test of nanostructured surface at fluence 20 J∙cm-2. LIDT tests accurate damage threshold limits of various optical components and materials for safe and reliable operation of laser systems.
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2020

Unique method for periodic modulation of graphene chemical reactivity

Discovery of a unique method for periodic modulation of graphene chemical reactivity based on laser-induced structuring of supporting substrate. The periodically-doped graphene can open new horizons for fabrication of electronic devices at nanoscale.
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2020

First GOpico® fiber oscillator unit delivered to IBS Korea

GOpico® is a fiber laser oscillator developed and constructed by the HiLASe Centre. Its robust design guarantees excellent beam quality and stability. The excellent properties of GOpico® make it our first choice of the seeding source for PERLA lasers. It is also now available as a product for external customers.
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2019

Mastering multi-beam machining technology

Successfully mastering multi-beam machining technology significantly speeds up micro / nanostructuring and the production of functional surfaces, while making efficient use of the high performance provided by HiLASE laser systems.
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2018

Czech patent granted on the method of highly-regular laser-induced periodic structure formation on metal surfaces at record writing speed

In collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, the formation of highly-regular laser-induced periodic surface structures (HR-LIPSS) has been achieved on metal surfaces at record writing speed. The theory has been developed which explains, describes and predicts LIPSS regularity based on metal optical properties and irradiation conditions. This work is protected by the patent of Czech Republic No. PV 2016-424.
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2017

OP RDE Decision on Grant: project HiLASE Centre of Excellence Phase 2

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2017

Successful commissioning of Laser Shock Peening station within HiLASE premises

The station utilizes the Bivoj laser beam to treat various metallic samples mounted to a 6-axis industrial robotic arm. Laser Shock Peening (LSP) can significantly extend metal components service life in all major industries.
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2017

H2020 Grant Agreement: project HiLASE Centre of Excellence Phase 2

The Phase 2 Widespread Teaming Project is the perfect vehicle to transform the HiLASE Centre facility into a Centre of Excellence able to accelerate further innovations and growth.
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2016

World record achieved on the BIVOJ laser

The BIVOJ laser system, a pulsed nanosecond diode-pumped solid-state laser, developed at STFC’s Central Laser Facility, classifies as a powerful kW laser and utilizes a cryogenic cooling technology to achieve high average power output. At the end of 2016, the Czech-British team of scientists amplified laser pulses, with a pulse duration of 10 ns, a wavelength of 1030 nm to an energy of 105 J at a repetition rate of 10 Hz, thus setting a world record for the first kilowatt laser source in a given class of high-energy lasers.
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2016

HiLASE R&D Centre in full operation

2015

H2020 Grant Agreement: project HiLASE Centre of Excellence Phase 1

The HiLASE Centre could be estalished and developed.
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2014

Grand Opening of the HiLASE Centre

On 24 September 2014, a new workplace of the Institute of Physics of the CAS - the HiLASE Centre - was inaugurated in Dolní Břežany in the presence of many distinguished guests and media representatives, such as the President of the CAS Prof. Ing. Jiří Drahoš, DrSc., Cardinal Dominik Duka, Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic Petra Bartáková, MSc. Ing. Tomáš Novotný, Ph.D.
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2012

Beginning of construction works

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2011

Decision on Grant – project HiLASE: New Lasers for Industry and Research

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