Laser Physics Centre
The Laser Physics Centre was established in 1987 as the result of the amalgamation of two existing School pursuits, together with the establishment of a new laser-based laboratory. In addition, the historical cross-campus links with the laser activities of the Department of Physics in the Faculties provided an added dimension to the Centre. The result was a synergistic grouping of laser physics activities founded on a wide range of complementary laser facilities, thereby creating one of the largest laboratories of this type in the country.
Today, the Laser Physics Centre undertakes research and training at the highest international level on a range of topics with a balance between fundamental, strategic and applied laser-based research. The research program spans many of the most exciting aspects of contemporary laser physics and quantum electronics. Generally fundamental question have been addressed in studies of the interaction of intense laser light with matter; nonlinear processes involving atoms; and unltra-high resolution spectroscopy of solids.
Research of more strategic nature includes work on photorefractive devices; on the properties of solitons and other nonlinear waves; on nonlinear optical materials for photonics; and aspects of solid-state physics for quantum computing. Applied research includes the development of novel high power lasers, parametric oscillators and amplifier; techniques for waveguide, photonic crystal and other photonic devices.