Institut Ciències Fotòniques
LASERLAB-EUROPE is supported and funded by the European Commission under the current Transnational Access To Research Infrastructures Programme. The consortium comprises 28 major laser research infrastructures across 19 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.

In case you are interested:

Please check your eligibility here.
Applicants are encouraged to contact us directly at (contact: Stewe Bekk) to obtain additional information and assistance in preparing
a proposal.
Please check the submission procedure and submission web site here

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 (SLN)

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

ICFO groups involved in Laserlab

Jens Biegert, Attoscience and ultrafast optics
Turgut Durduran, Medical optics
Maria García Parajo, Single molecule biophotonics
Niek van Hulst, Molecular nanophotonics
Melike Lakadamyali, Advanced fluorescence imaging and biophysics
Pablo Loza Álvarez, Ultrafast imaging and nonlinear microscopy
Dmitri Petrov, Optical tweezers
Romain Quidant, Plasmon nano-optics
Lluís Torner, Nonlinear optical phenomena

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.

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.

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