The Townes Laser Institute

NPI International Year of Light


3/23/2017 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair – Lecon Inaugurale
12/19/2016 Professor Richardson gives Andrew Main Lecture at the University of Alberta
7/26/2016 Prokhorov’s 100th Anniversary
4/11/2016 Undergraduate student Jasmine Thompson wins third place Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
1/21/2016 Cheonha Jeon Wins the CREOL Student of the Year Competition
12/23/2015 Martin Richardson elected Fellow of AAAS
10/20/2015 Graduate Students Joshua Bradford and Alex Sincore receive DEPS scholarship
9/18/2015 Professor Martin Richardson brings new international fiber laser program to UCF
7/17/2015 Senior LPL graduate student CheonHa Jeon publishes IOP Lab Note
5/26/2015 Professor Martin Richardson's work with the Jefferson Science Fellows program featured in APS

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.