The Townes Laser Institute

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July 28, 2014: Townes turns 99 today

Charles Townes
We celebrate today, the 99th birthday of Dr. Charles Hard Townes, inventor of the concept of the laser, for whom our Townes Laser Institute is named after. more...

UCF receives almost $2 million in grants

UCF Research

UCF recently received five research grants — totaling nearly $2 million — making it one of the top three university-award recipients in the nation. This money will allow UCF and other institutions to buy state-of-the-art research equipment. more...

Two papers by Zenghu Chang featured in Nature Photonics

Zenghu Chang

Congratulations to Prof. Zenghu Chang on the publication of two articles in the Nature Photonics special issue on Attoscience. One of the articles is a review of the current field, published with other leaders in the field. more...

International Year of Light – 2015

International Year of Light

The 68th general Assembly of the United Nations Organization adopted a resolution calling for 2015 to be recognized as the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies”. more...

February 13th 2014: Mrs Frances Townes – 98th Birthday

Francis Townes

Congratulations today to Frances Townes, wife of 72 years to Dr Charles Hard Townes, 1964 Physics Nobel Laureate and inventor of the concept of the laser, who is celebrating her 98th birthday. more...

Welcome to the website of the Townes Laser Institute.

The Townes Laser Institute was dedicated in 2007 in the presence of, and honoring Charles Townes, 1964 Nobel Laureate in Physics and the inventor of the concept of the laser.
Associated with CREOL, the College of Optics & Photonics and the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE) it is funded by the State of Florida to develop the next generation of laser light engines for applications in medicine, advanced manufacturing and defense applications. Some $4.5M was allocated in 2006 to the Townes Laser Institute for major facilities, and in addition, the President and Provost of UCF allocated five new faculty positions to support the Institute. This investment will complement existing strengths in laser development and laser-based technologies at UCF, in ultra-fast laser technologies, laser materials processing, novel optics for high power lasers, fiber laser development, laser-based sensing, laser-plasma EUV sources, and other related topics.

Interview With Prof. Martin Richardson, Director of the Townes Laser Institute