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Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS)
Hosting Legal Entity
Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
Station 6, EPFL - SB - ISIC - LSU, Lausanne, PO: 1015 (Switzerland)
Station 6, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Lausanne, PO: 1015 (Switzerland)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Provider Country:
Galatea Laboratory (GALATEA) | Laboratory for ultrafast microscopy and electron scattering (LUMES) | Laboratory of Ultrafast Spectroscopy (LSU)
Current Status:
Operational since 2016
Scientific Description
Fundamental and practical challenges facing our society can be addressed with new methods and thus approached from a new perspective. Examples of present day challenges are energy conversion, information technology, new materials and biology and medicine.The centre (LACUS) was started because most of these challenges can only be addressed by a truly interdisciplinary approach in research and technology, e.g. through the collaboration of specialists in ultrafast science and technology with experts in physics, chemistry, engineering and life sciences.To tackle the ever-increasing demands and complexity posed by ultrafast science experiments addressing important societal challenges and to encourage the collaboration with EPFL research groups in Engineering and Life Sciences and meet their demands, pooling of resources and research infrastructure is needed that allows researchers to go beyond what a single group can afford or manage in terms of equipment, know-how or complexity. In particular, LACUS will remove the technological burden of developing technology from groups that are primarily interested in the use of these tools to address scientific questions or practical applications. An internationally competitive, sustainable and cost-efficient development of ultrafast science and technology in Lausanne can only be achieved by creating a new, carefully designed and fully dedicated research environment that satisfies the complex requirements of cutting-edge laser technology and helps proliferate ultrafast methods into new areas of science and technology.At the same time, LACUS will facilitate the access of young researchers to an academic career by providing access to expensive equipment and instrumentation that would otherwise be out of reach. Finally, it will foster contacts with industry to ease the transfer of newly emerging ultrafast technology towards applications.

RI Keywords
Ultrafast optics and physics, Ultrafast lasers
RI Category
Complex Data Facilities
Software Service Facilities
Analytical Facilities
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering

Seminars, Workshops, Symposiums, Publications

LUMES facilities

Ultrafast Electron Diffraction; Ultrafast Electron Microscopy; Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy; Transient MOKE setup

GALATEA facilities

In addition to having access to shared facitlities at EPFL, in particular characterization tools and clean room facilities, the Galatea Lab features state of the art laser facilities consisting of several femtosecond laser sources from a few tens of femtoseconds to several hundred femtoseconds. The laser beams are redirected towards various motorized positioning platforms that are used to investigate the interaction of the laser with the material.

experimental setups at LSU

High Harmonics Beamline (Harmonium); Femtosecond laser systems; Multi-dimensional spectroscopy; Time resolved (fs and ps) Fluorescence; Time-resolved X-ray experiments (SLS)

Date of last update: 21/05/2019
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