Laserlab-Portugal brings together an impressive number of state-of-the-art laser facilities with applications in science, technology and industry. For detailed information about the capabilities of each facility please follow the links below. In case you wish to discuss the feasibility of your project before submitting an application for laser time, the name of the contact persons is provided.

Research areas:

  • Laser science and technology: high energy amplification of ultrashort laser pulses; characterization of laser materials; short pulse diagnostics; chirped- pulse amplification; high-power laser design;
  • Laser-plasma interaction: plasma-based electron/ion acceleration; high-harmonic generation and X-ray sources; inertial fusion benchmarking; plasma diagnostics; targetry for advanced light sources and plasma particle accelerators; laboratory astrophysics.

  • The Laboratory for Intense Lasers (L2I) is the largest laser laboratory in Portugal and the most important hub for high intensity laser technology and applications. Currently it hosts a diode-pumped 100 mJ, 1 ps, 10 Hz laser system that can be used as a primary source of for pumping additional laser amplifiers. In 2020, L2I will be equipped with two ultrashort lasers based on OPCPA: (i) mid-infrared (3.2 µm), 80 µJ, 40 fs, 100 kHz and (ii) near-infrared (800 nm), 5 mJ, 25 fs, 10 Hz. Operational since 1998, L2I is managed and operated by the Group for Lasers and Plasmas of the Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion, a research unit of Instituto Superior Técnico. read more

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  • Transient absorption spectroscopy and photoacoustic calorimetry.

  • The laboratory has four main working stations and is linked to auxiliary preparative laboratories, cell culture laboratory and office space. Two of the main working stations are dedicated to Photoacoustics and the other two to Transient absorption. The Photoacoustic working stations comprises instrumentation for ms/ns/ps time resolved Photoacoustic Calorimetry and Photoacoustic Tomography. For Transient absorption the laboratory has ns laser flash photolysis and fs pump-probe spectroscopy set-ups. The laboratory is equipped with pipes for handling laboratory gases and accessories for working at distinct temperatures and deal with solid and liquid samples. Singlet oxygen detection is also possible in the Laboratory. A fifth working station, in a separated room, is dedicated to the preparation and characterization of solar cells. The laboratories are acclimatized and are located close to each other as well as to the work offices of the research team members. read more

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  • two of the main laboratories are dedicated to IR spectroscopy and the third to Raman spectroscopy

  • The laboratory has four main working stations and is linked to auxiliary preparative laboratories, cell culture laboratory and office space. Two of the main working stations are dedicated to Photoacoustics and the other two to Transient absorption. The Photoacoustic working stations comprises instrumentation for ms/ns/ps time resolved Photoacoustic Calorimetry and Photoacoustic Tomography. For Transient absorption the laboratory has ns laser flash photolysis and fs pump-probe spectroscopy set-ups. The laboratory is equipped with pipes for handling laboratory gases and accessories for working at distinct temperatures and deal with solid and liquid samples. Singlet oxygen detection is also possible in the Laboratory. A fifth working station, in a separated room, is dedicated to the preparation and characterization of solar cells. The laboratories are acclimatized and are located close to each other as well as to the work offices of the research team members. read more

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  • steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence studies in solution and in the solid state.

  • Two home-made independent apparatus (with ns- and ps-time resolution) are available for time resolved fluorescence studies; two fluorimeters (Horiba-Jobin Yvon) are also available, with optional phosphorimetry option for spectra and lifetime measurements. Two UV-Vis spectrophotometers are also available. The laboratory is equipped with a cryostat for measurements (absorption, emission spectra and lifetimes) with temperature, a thin-film making facility together with a integrating sphere for solid state studies and a variety of accessories for solution and solid state studies. A multidisciplinary team is present with expertise not only in the singlet state but also in triplet excited state characterization. read more


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