The “Non-Linear Optics and Laser Applications Laboratory” (NLOLA Lab) has been established during the academic year 2000-2001. Since, it operates both at the Department of Physics, University of Patras and the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), both institutions located at Rion, Patras, Greece.
In the NLOLA Laboratory modern experimental laser-based research is carried out related to lasers-matter interactions, including the study of nonlinear optical phenomena and materials and different laser-based applications.
The NLOLA Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art laser sources, covering the spectral range from the UV to IR, delivering different duration laser pulses from 4ns to 35fs.
Among the two principal research directions of interest, particular emphasis is given in the study of:
- laser-matter interactions and nonlinear optical phenomena, employing nanosecond (ns), picosecond (ps) and femtosecond (fs) laser pulses
- various laser spectroscopies (LIF, DFWM, MPI, REMPI)
- characterization of the nonlinear optical (NLO) response of novel photonic materials and investigation of the physical origins of the NLO response and its dynamics
- optical limiting phenomena
- physics and characterization of laser induced plasmas
- laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
- application of lasers for monitoring of industrial processes (e.g., steel and slags metallurgy, combustion), environmental pollution (e.g., soils, air, water), food authentication and safety