LASER LAB

The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Infrastructures in H2020 EU Research and Innovation programme

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About LASERLAB

LASERLAB-EUROPE is supported and funded by the European Commission under the current Transnational Access To Research Infrastructures Programme. The consortium comprises 33 major laser research infrastructures across 16 European countries and offers free access to its unique research infrastructures. Selection is solely based on scientific excellence of a proposal, reviewed by an independent access panel.

For more information, please visit https://www.laserlab-europe.eu/

About ICFO

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences was created in 2002 by the government of Catalonia and the Technical University of Catalonia as a center of research excellence devoted to the science and technologies of light with a triple mission: to conduct frontier research, train the next generation of scientists, and provide knowledge and technology transfer. Today, it is one of the top research centres worldwide in its category as measured by the Mapping Scientific Excellence ranking.

Research at ICFO targets the forefront of science and technology based on light with programs directed at applications in Health, Renewable Energies, Information Technologies, Security and Industrial processes, among others. The institute hosts over 400 professionals based in a dedicated building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Researchers at ICFO publish in the most prestigious journals and collaborate with a wide range of companies around the world. The institute runs a vigorous technology transfer program in which more than 30 national and international industries participate. It has also created 5 spin-off companies to date. The institute is generously supported by Cellex Foundation Barcelona, which supports several frontier research projects and programs focused on young talented researchers.

FACILITIES

Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics facility

ICFO-Atto is specialized on high average power, few-cycle and CEP stable sources at long wavelength. We operate the highest average power ultrafast Ti:Sapphire system, a unique mid-IR OPCPA, few-cycle CEP stable sources at several long wavelengths between 800 nm and 6000 nm, and a state of the art strong field and attoscience laboratory:

  • Ti: Sapphire system: 25 fs pulses, 12 mJ at 4 kHz.
  • Ultra-broadband OPA: 2000 nm, few-cycle pulses, CEP stable, 1 mJ, 4 kHz; 1100 – 1600 nm, 2 mJ, 50-80 fs; 1700 – 2400 nm, 0.5 – 1 mJ, 40-80 fs, CEP stable.
  • Mid-IR OPCPA: 3100 nm, few-cycle pulses, CEP stable, 16 uJ, 160 kHz.
  • XUV and SXR beamline: HHG based light source, focusing ellipsoid, electron/ion spectrocopy, XUV diagnostics.
  • Reaction microscope: Electron/Ion coincidence mapping for fully kinematic experiments.
  • High resolution diagnostics for all wavelengths, FROG, SPIDER, CEO measurement.

The super resolution Light Nanoscopy & Microscopy

The Super-resolution Light Nanoscopy & Microscopy (SLN) facility has a large range of cutting edge microscopes operating a step beyond state of the art commercial systems. This include super resolution imaging systems (Stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM), Fluorescence photo-activated localization microscopy (f/PALM), Stimulated emission depletion microscopy (STED), single molecule detection etc.) confocal and nonlinear microscopes etc. Also instrumentation for hybrid diffuse correlation spectroscopy/tomography (DCS/DCT), near-infrared spectroscopy/tomography (NIRS, DOS, DOT) combined in a single platform, small animal imaging systems using laser speckle flowmetry (LSF) and optical intrinsic signals imaging (OIS). Collaboration with local biomedical research institutes and hospitals is also possible to some extent. Some of the most relevant instruments are listed below:

  • Dedicated Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscope (including PSHG and TPEF)
  • Dedicated Third harmonic generation (THG) microscope (including Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF))
  • Confocal microscope (NIKON) with TPEF, SHG, THG. Other available techniques: confocal multispectral, Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) etc., optical tweezers, femtosecond nanosurgery
  • Selective plane illumination microscopy/Digital line scanning (SPIM/DLSM) microscope in the linear and nonlinear regimes.
  • Continuous wave stimulated emission depletion microscopy (CW STED) microscope (LEICA) with confocal and TPEF/SHG/THG. Other available techniques: confocal multispectral, FLIM, FRET etc., optical tweezers, femtosecond nanosurgery
  • STORM microscope (NIKON)
  • RAMAN microscope (Renishaw)
  • DCS + time resolved spectroscopy (TRS-NIRS) platform
  • DCS + frequency domain near-infrared spectroscopy (FD-NIRS) platform
  • DCS + broadband while light spectroscopy (BW-NIRS) platform
  • LSF + OIS platform

APPLY TO ACCESS WITH US

In case you are interested:

In order to know if you are eligible, please click here.

Applicants are encouraged to contact us directly at laserlab@icfo.eu (contact: Nuria Charles – Harris) to obtain additional information and assistance in preparing their proposal.

For instructions on how to apply, submission and evaluation procedures, please click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the scientific opportunities offered by the Laserlab Access facilities, please check the list of research topics. In addition, you may find more details and a list of projects that have been carried out at a specific lab by clicking on the lab’s name. Finally, for publications regarding results of access projects, please click here

ICFO GROUPS INVOLVED IN LASERLAB

Jens Biegert – Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics

The potential of attoscience lies in retrieving information about the dynamics of quantum systems which cannot be gained otherwise through time-stationary energy-domain measurements. Combining coherent control, attosecond soft-X-ray (XUV) pulses, and powerful coincidence imaging techniques allows us to unravel those mysteries. It permits us to probe our most profound physics theories, provides a systematic approach to understand and control chemical reaction pathways, and could ultimately advance biological dynamic imaging.

The group works in a highly interdisciplinary field which fuses ultrafast laser physics, extreme nonlinear optics, atomic and molecular physics, XUV synchrotron optics, UHV technology, and electron-ion coincidence imaging techniques.

Turgut Durduran – Medical Optics

ICFO-Medical Optics (ICFO-MEDOPT) group was founded in 2009 by Dr Turgut Durduran as an inter-disciplinary group that develops new technologies using advanced photonics for pre-clinical and clinical bio-medicine.

The group’s main expertise is in diffuse optical monitoring and tomography which uses photon diffusion to probe “deep” (0.1-10cm) into tissues. Our research aims to advance the field in theoretical instrumentation and application oriented approaches in parallel. We focus on applications in neurology and oncology and in both pre-clinical animal model studies and in clinical human studies.

Inter-disciplinary, collaborative work forms the core of our vision and we routinely work with biomedical centers, hospitals and engineering departments in Spain, around Europe and abroad. In particular, we have strong ties with other centers in Barcelona area and with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Maria G. Parajo – Single Molecule Biophotonics

Our research focuses on the development of advanced optical techniques to the study of biological processes at the single molecular level on living cells. We focus on the development and application of different forms of super-resolution microscopy (STED, STORM, NSOM) as well as photonic antennas to reach spatial resolutions around 10nm on intact cells. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy in ultraconfined volumes, and multi-color single particle tracking are exploited to gain access to dynamic processes down to the microsecond time resolution. Using these combined approaches, we aim at understanding how spatiotemporal compartmentalization of biomolecules inside cells regulates and control cell function. This fundamental question has important implications for health and disease, touching the fields of cell biology and immunology.

Niek Van Hulst – Molecular Nanophotonics

Our central goal is to control light interaction at the nanometer scale. To this end we use individual molecules and quantum dots as nano-sources/detectors. These single quantum systems are ideal local field probes of the local mode density in photonic nanostructures, showing specific lifetime, spectrum, polarisation and even direction of photon emission. To generate strong nanoscale optical fields we fabricate optical nano-antennas, tuned in resonance with the photon emitters. Research topics: Emission control, nano-focusing and nanoscale imaging by nano-antenna probes, scanned in controlled proximity to single photon emitters. Coherent control of molecular dynamics and nanoscale antenna fields by phase controlled excitation with few-fs broad band pulses.

Michael Krieg- Neurophotonics and Mechanical Systems Biology

Our main research goal is to understand the importance of cell mechanical properties for health and disease on the molecular and systems level. Due to the wealth of genetic tools available for it, we use the small round worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, with its compact nervous system consisting of only 302 neurons, its short lifespan and simple body plan, as a model. We exploit microfluidic and nanotechnological tools to apply precise forces to single cells or animals. Because of the transparent body of this animal, we simultaneously visualize mechanical forces and their consequences using optogenetic stress sensors and state-of-the-art microscopy.

Pablo Loza – SLN

We conduct research and development at the cutting-edge of several microscopy and super resolution imaging techniques. We combine different technologies to make them compatible in a multimodal imaging fashion. Research activities include beam engineering, wavefront control and integration of novel light sources with different beam or pulse parameters. We study novel (endogenous and exogenous) contrast agents and new clearing methodologies to be applied to a wide variety of biomedical samples and imaging regimes. We also design novel algorithms for image quantification and analysis. Finally, our research involves optical manipulation tools such as Optical Tweezers and Femtosecond nanosurgery.

Stefan Wieser – SLN

Our team works at the interface of physics and biology. We are developing live cell super-resolution imaging techniques for 3D imaging of whole cell dynamics. We mainly focus on immune cells with the aim to study the intrinsic coupling between leucocyte migration, cell polarization and antigen presentation. To gain a mechanistic understanding of these processes we apply advanced imaging techniques – with focus on SIM – and data analysis tools that allow for integrating molecular dynamics with large-scale cell behavior. The ultimate goal is to develop mathematical models with predictive capacity from the molecular scale to global cell behavior and immune cell function.

 Lluis Torner  – Nonlinear Optical Phenomena

This group aims at exploiting the interaction of light with matter to elucidate new strategies for the manipulation, control, shaping, and processing of light beams and signals. Our current main activities are focused in nonlinear optical processes, where “light acts on itself” inside suitable materials. This includes applications to all-optical photonic devices, imaging, and quantum optics.

LASERLAB EUROPE CONSORTIUM

LASERLAB-EUROPE has entered a new phase of its successful cooperation: the Consortium now brings together 33 leading institutions in laser-based inter-disciplinary research from 16 countries. Together with associate partners, Laserlab covers the majority of European member states. 22 laboratories offer access to their facilities for research teams from Europe and beyond, kindly supported by EC funding.

Lasers and photonics, one of only five key enabling technologies identified by the European Union, are not only essential for the scientific future but also for the socio-economic security of any country. Given the importance of lasers and their applications in all areas of sciences, life sciences and technologies, the main objectives of the Consortium are:

  • To maintain a competitive, inter-disciplinary network of European national laser laboratories
  • To strengthen the European leading role in laser research through Joint Research Activities (JRA), pushing the laser concept into new directions and opening up new applications of key importance in research and innovation
  • To offer transnational access to top-quality laser research facilities in a highly co-ordinated fashion for the benefit of the European research community
  • To increase the European basis in laser research and applications by reaching out to neighboring scientific communities and by assisting in the development of Laser Research Infrastructures on both the national and the European level

Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy and Chemical Dynamics

  • CELIA, Bordeaux, France
  • CLL, Coimbra, Portugal
  • CLF, Oxfordshire, UNited Kigndom
  • CUSBO, Milano, Italy
  • FELIX, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • FERMI, Trieste, Italy
  • FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
  • ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • LLAMS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • LENS, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence) Italy
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, Palaiseau, France
  • LP3, Marseille, France
  • SLIC, Saclay, France
  • VULRC, Vilnius, Lithuania

Biophysics and Optical Life Sciences

  • CLL, Coimbra, Portugal
  • CLF, Oxfordshire, UNited Kigndom
  • CUSBO, Milano, Italy
  • DP-USZ, Szeged, Hungary
  • FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
  • ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • LLAMS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • LENS, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence) Italy
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LP3, Marseille, France
  • MBI, Berlin, Germany
  • VULRC, Vilnius, Lithuania

Intense Laser and Particle Beam Interactions

  • GSI, Darmstadt, Germany

Laser Particle Acceleration and Application

  • CLF, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • FSU-IOQ, Jena, Germany
  • GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, France
  • LULI, Palaiseau, France
  • MBI, Berlin, Germany
  • SLIC, Saclay, France

Laser Cooling, Trapping and BEC

  • LLAMS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • LENS, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), Italy

Laser Plasma Physics, Fusion Science and Applications

  • CLF, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • FSU-IOQ, Jena, Germany
  • GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, France
  • LULI, Palaiseau, France
  • MBI, Berlin, Germany
  • SLIC, Saclay, France

Laser Remote Sensing, Analytical Chemistry and Combustion Diagnostics

  • FSU-IOQ, Jena, Germany
  • LLAMS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, France
  • LP3, Marseille, France

Materials Processing

  • CUSBO, Milano, Italia
  • DP-USZ, Szeged, Hungary
  • FERMI, Trieste, Italy
  • ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • LOA, France
  • LULI, Palaiseau, France
  • LP3, Marseille, France
  • PALS, Prague, Czech Republic

Quantum Electronics and Novel Laser Development

  • CELIA, Bordeaux, France
  • CLF, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • CUSBO, Milano, Italia
  • DP-USZ, Hungary
  • FSU-IOQ, Jena, Germany
  • FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
  • ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • LLAMS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • LOA, Palaiseau, France
  • LP3, Marseille, France
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, France
  • MBI, Berlin, Germany
  • VULRC, Vilnius, Lithuania

Multiphoton Processes, including High-Order Harmonics, with Applications

  • CELIA, Bordeaux, France
  • CLF, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • CUSBO, Milano, Italia
  • DP-USZ, Hungary
  • FERMI, Trieste, Italy
  • FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
  • ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • LLAMS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • LASERIX, Palaiseau, France
  • LENS, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), Italy
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, France
  • MBI, Berlin, Germany
  • VULRC, Vilnius, Lithuania

Spectroscopy under High Pressure Conditions

  • CLL, Coimbra, Portugal
  • LENS, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), Italy

X-Ray Laser Physics

  • CLF, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • GSI, Darmstadt, Germany
  • LASERIX, Palaiseau, France
  • LOA, Palaiseau, France
  • LULI, Palaiseau, France
  • MBI, Berlin, Germany
  • PALS, Prague, Czech Republic

Ultrafast Dynamics of Molecules, Liquids and Semiconductor Materials

  • CELIA, Bordeaux, France
  • CLF, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • CUSBO, Milano, Italia
  • DP-USZ, Hungary
  • FSU-IOQ, Jena, Germany
  • FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
  • ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • LLAMS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • LOA, Palaiseau, France
  • LP3, Marseille, France
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, France
  • MBI, Berlin, Germany
  • VULRC, Vilnius, Lithuania

Time-Resolved X-Ray Science

  • CELIA, Bordeaux, France
  • CLF, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  • FERMI, Trieste, Italy
  • FORTH,  Heraklion, Greece
  • ICFO, Barcelona, Spain
  • FSU-IOQ, Jena, Germany
  • LASERIX, Palaiseau, France
  • LLC, Lund, Sweden
  • LOA, Palaiseau, France
  • MBI,  Berlin, Germany
  • SLIC, Saclay, France

CONTACT

Foresight Activities

ICFO is the Work Package leader for WP7 Foresight Activities, LASERLAB-EUROPE’s “think tank” and responsible for adressing future Grand Challenges through Foresight Workshops as well as Network activities. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events.

National Contact Point

ICFO has been nominated National Contact Point together with CLPU under this project with the objective to, on one hand, act as information bridge between the LASERLAB-EUROPE consortium and the national science and policy bodies, and on the other hand, to help build a sustainable national User Community and a pool of trained researchers. ICFO will interact strongly with the ELI and HIPER consortia to accomplish this mission.

For more information, please contact Nuria Charles-Harris at laserlab@ICFO.eu or visit http://www.laserlab-europe.eu