Available student project - Ultrashort laser processing for advanced applications

Research fields

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Photonics, Lasers and Nonlinear Optics
Ultrafast laser texturisation of steel

Project details

Our team has developed a multi-wavelength Ultrafast Laser system, combining together several advanced laser technologies: up to km/s laser scanning speed, µm-precise beam positioning, large area processing with telecentric scanning optics, variable spot shape, and spectral analysis of the ablated plume. Based on a new class of powerful ultrafast lasers, we are now reaching the so called “cold ablation” regime where high average power can be used without introducing thermal effects. This enables large increases in material throughput at industrially relevant speeds.

During this experimental project the student will be expected to develop the following skills:

Experimental skills in ultrafast laser interaction with matter;
Laser processing of bulk materials;
Scanning and transmission electron microscopy;
Focussed ion beam milling;
Electron diffraction and X-ray synchrotron diffraction;
Computer-control of hardware involved in the experiments;
Analysis and interpretation of experimental data;
Working as part of a team in a dynamic laboratory environment

Required background

This project, which requires solid knowledge in optics, laser and in material science. Masters in optics, lasers and material science is highly desired before continuing to a PhD study. Interest in the basics of laser-matter interactions, solid state and plasma physics, electromagnetic waves and lasers, methods of experimental studies of solid state matter.  Laser Safety course will be mandatory.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • Honours or MSc project
  • Phd or MPhil

Contact supervisor

Rapp, Ludovic profile

Other supervisor(s)

Rode, Andrei profile

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