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Laserlab Europe II is a large consortium of 26 laser research infrastructures from 16 European member states, supported and funded by European Commission under the current Transnational Access To Research Infrastructures Programme. The main objectives of the Consortium are the formation of a competitive, interdisciplinary network of European national laser laboratories, the reinforcement of the European leading role in laser research through Joint Research Activities (JRA), the engagement of researchers in the Transnational Access Programme in a co-ordinated fashion for the benefit of the European research community, the increase of the European basis in laser research and applications by reaching out to neighboring scientific communities and by assisting the development of Laser Research Infrastructures on both the national and the European level. Currently 20 facilities offer access to their labs for European research teams, including LENS that since the beginning of its history embraced the philosophy of open labs and that has been at the forefront in the establishment of the consortium. Main research interests are represented by five Joint Research Activities, two of which involve LENS:

  • Attosecond Laser sources and Applications, Design and INnovation (ALADIN),
  • Advanced OPTical techniques in BIO-imaging and bio-processing (OPTBIO).

Within the cluster Laserlab members offer state-of-the-art scientific laser equipment and research environments with a wide range of research opportunities, allowing for today's most advanced light-matter interaction experiments in broad regimes of power, wavelengths, or pulse durations. Access is provided free of charge, travel and living expenses are covered by the host institution, and it is granted on the basis of proposals, which will be reviewed by an external panel of referees. Details about the submission procedure can be found here. At the moment, LENS takes into account proposals in these topics:

  • atomic and molecular spectroscopy and chemical dynamics;
  • biophysics and optical life sciences;
  • laser cooling, trapping and BEC;
  • multiphoton processes, including high-order harmonics, with applications;
  • spectroscopy under high pressure conditions;
  • ultrafast dynamics of molecules, liquids and semiconductor materials.

Applicants are encouraged to contact us directly to obtain additional information and assistance in preparing a proposal and to take a look at previous hosted projects.