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European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS)
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Florence
Via Nello Carrara, 1, LENS - European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy / University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, PO: 50019, Florence (Italy)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1991
Scientific Description
A European reference point for research with light waves, based on a fundamental multi-disciplinary approach. This is LENS, the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, since its birth in 1991 as center of excellence of the University of Florence. A place where physicists, chemists and biologists work together every day, sharing instrumentation, experiences, research themes, scientific perspectives and ideas with the common aim of using laser light to investigate matter from different points of view and under different conditions. Research interests include atomic physics, photonics, biophysics, and chemistry, without forgetting advanced training of young researchers, thanks to e.g. a EU Marie Curie training program, through high quality PhD courses and a rich Post Doctoral fellowship program.

RI Keywords
Biophysics, Atomic physics, Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Laser, Photonics, Physics
RI Category
Extreme Conditions Facilities
Intense Light Sources
Analytical Facilities
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Chemical lab

Whether as object of study, both as an indispensable tool for the ordinary management of the laboratories, any chemical requires strong skills to be stored, manipulated and used. The internal chemical lab has all the best equipment to perform its task, such as hoods for solvents, fridges and an aspirated cabinet, by which it follows the life cycle of each chemical from delivery to final disposal.

Mechanical Workshop

Well over twenty years the mechanical workshop working with researches to develop innovative solutions in basic research. Specialized in construction of turning and milling parts can offer technical support thanks to high-tech CNC machineries in addition to traditional tools and precise measuring instruments.

Electronic Workshop

Since 1989, the electronics workshop staff have provided technical support to the research groups at LENS. The workshop is equipped to repair and maintain all electronic and electrical equipment within LENS. It has a large stock of electronic components, and provides design and construction expertise for general-purpose and custom electronic devices for experiments, using both discrete and surface-mount technology.

Date of last update: 21/06/2019
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