The Townes Laser Institute

NPI International Year of Light


4/15/2019 LPL presents 14 presentations at the DEPS Science & Technology Symposium
8/9/2018 A paper by Danielle Reyes, Matthieu Baudelet, Martin Richardson and Shermineh Rostami Fairchild featured in Journal of Applied Physics
2/6/2018 Alex Sincore wins 2017-2018 CREOL Student of the Year Award
12/14/2017 Fall 2017 Graduates
8/28/2017 Welcome to the World – Arthur Maverick Baudelet
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

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.