The Townes Laser Institute

NPI International Year of Light


3/2/2015 Townes Memorial
1/28/2015 Charles Townes dies at 99
12/1/2014 Paper by Professor Matthieu Baudelet et al. published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports
8/1/2014 Professor Kenneth L Schepler presents keynote speech at NATO SET-210 Specialists Meeting
7/28/2014 Townes turns 99 today
5/27/2014 Martin Richardson to go to Washington
5/7/2014 Article entitled "Discovering a Laser" by William Silfvast in Optics & Photonics News
4/3/2014 Eight CREOL Professors' achievements recognized at Founders’ Day Honors Convocation
3/21/2014 Professor Martin Richardson elected Fellow of APS
2/13/2014 February 13th 2014: Mrs Frances Townes – 98th Birthday

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