There is a “2um and mid-IR lasers” group on LinkedIn which has many topics relevant to the project.

Please take a look at the following projects, which are related to ISLA and are also supported by the EU Commission under the Framework 7 and related funding mechanisms.

ICT COST Action IC1101
Optical Wireless Communications – An Emerging Technology
Wireless transmission via optical carriers opens doors of opportunity in areas as yet largely unexplored. Offering significant technical and operational advantages, optical wireless communication (OWC) can be, in some applications, a powerful alternative to and, in others, complementary to existing radio frequency (RF) wireless systems. Two micron radiation could be an important part of this new technology area.

High power Adaptable Laser beams
for materials processing
The HALO project is concerned with the development and testing of adaptable laser beam profiles for material processing. The project consortium includes market leading laser component and system manufacturers, world renowned researchers, beta end users of the system manufacturers and one end user representing excellence in EU small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). HALO shares several common partners with ISLA (G&H, ORC, Vivid).

Innovative Mid-infrared high power source for Resonant ablation of Organic based photoVoltaic devices
High power and tuneable mid-IR pulse laser systems operating in the wavelength range 3-11 µm have a large potential in different applications, e.g. analytics, medicine and micromaching. Up to now, those systems are only be realized by complex and expensive multistage set-ups consisting of bulk four or five different units with low efficiency operation. IMPROV will address such fibre laser systems and related fibre-based components, non-linear frequency conversion stages and the application of this laser source in the production process of organic photovoltaic devices.

Leadership in fibre lasers
The LIFT project will establish international leadership for Europe in the science, application and production technologies for material processing by fibre lasers through the development of innovative laser sources.

Mid-Infrared Solid-State Laser Systems for Minimally Invasive Surgery
The MIRSURG project is focused on development of a laser source that will enable minimally invasive neurosurgery. The laser should emit at a wavelength near 6.45 µm and provide high single pulse energy and average power. The penetration depth at this wavelength will be comparable to the cell size (several micrometers), which will make it possible to avoid collateral damage when ablating the tissue.

Multi-mode capactity
enhancement with PBG fibre

MODE-GAP targets the 100 fold enhancement of the overall capacity of broadband core networks, and seeks to provide Europe with a lead in the development of the next generation internet infrastructure that will soon be desperately needed if we are to keep pace with society’s ever increasing data-transmission requirements. MODE-GAP will develop multi-mode, photonic band gap, long haul transmission, fibres and associated enabling technologies. These fibres offer the potential of order of magnitude capacity increases through the use of multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) operation of the multi-mode fibre capacity and further order of magnitude capacity increases through the ultra low loss and ultra-low nonlinearity offered by multi-mode photonic bandgap fibre.

Extending the process limits of laser polymer
welding with high-brilliance beam sources
The laser welding of polymers became over the last decade a strong competitor for the conventional joining technologies and significantly raised the industrial interest for this technique. Main factors contributing to the successful evolution of the laser welding of polymers lay within the process related benefits such as: contactless processing, high flexibility in time and product, high automation degree and precisely controlled and localized energy input.


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