Lasers and laser-based technology have revolutionised scientific research as well as our everyday lives. They have led to numerous outstanding scientific discoveries, and to products and applications used in the most diverse areas of society. Laser technology is a key innovation driver not only for highly varied applications and products in many areas in our society, e.g. medicine, energy, environment, information, and communication, but also for science. Laser technology
is, in particular, the basis of the photonics revolution.
majority of researchers using lasers rely on commercially available lasers within their own local research environment. Although, these lasers are carefully selected to suit the particular needs at a given time, the researchers often find themselves restricted by the limitations of their in-house lasers. This is in particular true when novel ideas are to be tested or experiments are to be made in new regimes, outside the range of their normal activities. In addition, for new and emerging research groups, the need for expensive in-house laser
systems represents a severe obstacle to enter the field of
state-of-the-art laser-science and laser-based applications, in
particular if more complex laser systems are required.
complex laser installations, suitable also for external users, exist
today at various geographically distributed locations in Sweden. These
facilities complement each other well. When taken together with the
available technical and scientific expertise, they constitute an
experimental park that can allow various users to perform pioneering
world-class laser-based research in many areas of science. Therefore, a
wider access to existing instrumentation would be beneficial for
numerous users in the field.
Based on this, the leaders of these
installations have agreed to form the distributed laser research
infrastructure network LASERLAB SWEDEN, whose aim is to promote
efficient use of existing laser installations and expertize to foster
world-class research in Sweden in a variety of areas, comprising, but
not being restricted to, ultrafast dynamics (as and fs), soft x-ray
physics (including surface physics and coherent imaging), ultra-high
intensity laser physics, high precision spectroscopy, ultrasensitive
species detection, bio-physics, medicine, and energy.
Mission and objectives
Laserlab Sweden is a Swedish network of Laser Research Infrastructures with the mission and objectives to:
Promote the efficient use of existing laser research infrastructures in Sweden for science and innovation, and to co-ordinate their future development
Serve a cross-disciplinary user community, from academia, research institutes, medical centres, as well as industry, by providing access, in a co-ordinated way, to a comprehensive set of existing advanced laser research facilities, hence allowing leading-edge, ground-breaking, and technically demanding experiments, of world class, to be performed in Sweden.
Provide technical and scientific support to users in the usage of the laser facilities and auxiliary equipment, thereby allowing new users to fully exploit the capabilities available through the network.
Improve human and technical resources through technology exchange and sharing of expertise among laser experts and operators at the different facilities.
Pursue networking activities to optimise and increase the breadth of the overall instrumentation park by stimulating complementarity while reducing the risk of expensive duplications in, for example, laser upgrade efforts.