Southampton to expand ultra-fast laser lab

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton is investing £300,000 into its Femtosecond Applications of Science and Technology (FAST) lab over the next few months. 

The FAST lab opened in 2004 at a cost of £1.1m, an ultra-fast laser system for research. Planned improvements include creating new work areas to let researchers work simultaneously, as well as facilities for terahertz measurements, pump-probe spectroscopy and non-linear microscopy. Facilities for work with biological samples will also be significantly enhanced and will help to expand the biophotonics work carried out by the Centre’s research team.

“This is a really exciting time for us: the investment into the lab will allow us to move into new areas and new collaborations, and open up external funding opportunities,” said Dr Bill Brocklesby, a reader at the ORC.

FAST lab manager, Dr David Banks, said: “Thanks to this funding, we will now be able to better exploit the capabilities of the FAST lab laser system. Alongside partitioning of the lab into separate working areas, so that we can finally realise the multi-user femtosecond facility that has long been called for, a number of new resources will be added.”

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