The Engineer: Solid start for laser research

An ingenious British invention is at the heart of an Anglo-Czech project to improve the efficiency of a number of processes.

In Dolní Brežany, excited physicists are preparing to receive their new £10m super toy. The machine is a diode-pumped solid state laser (DPSSL) with special properties that they hope will justify the European Commission’s €33m (£24m) investment in a new research centre, bring jobs to the region and – most importantly – provide global industries such as optics and aerospace with ‘game-changing’ manufacturing techniques.