Among the different types of Lasers, fibre lasers are, both as research and commercially, the youngest, yet the fast growing type of laser due to several factors: flexibility, efficiency and high performance. Despite their popularity only 1 micron and 1.5 micron devices have been extensively developed leaving a huge potential of improving lasers devices at other wavelength. This development however needs to involve several groups, covering several disciplines and expertises from Chemistry to Material Science, glass and fibre manufacturing, manufacturing of needed components (coupler, filter, mirrors). In addition to develop a tool that will benefit our economy and society, laser scientists needs to be aware of lasers end users needs and be involve with all end users, from Manufacturing Industries, to Physicians to Environmental scientists.
The aim of COST Action AFLASER is to provide the first arena where experts in fundamental material science, established laser and component groups, fibre laser manufacturers and end-users will be able to actively interact, share know-how and focus on common goals. This COST Action does expect to boost a series of innovations in the field. Among them we aim to cover the 3-6 micron wavelength interval, and beyond, to support mid-infrared applications and to enhance fibre performance to cover more efficiently visible and ultra-violet wavelength generation for biophotonics and healthcare.
This COST Action will also investigate glass material and fibre design to overcome the actual limitation in output power. The improvements will mainly boost healthcare to benefit wide society and EU manufacturing to retain and increase manufacturing workforce within EU.
The COST Action AFLASER will provide mentoring for a new generation of researchers and will provide Early Stage Researchers an opportunity to develop both scientific and management skills. At the same time thi COST Action will actively promote gender balance and women researchers to management positions.
More information about AFLASER can be found in the Memorandum of Understanding(download).