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Final Report - URANUS (Ultra-fast technology for Multi-colour compact high-power fibre systems)

Project ID: 511406
Funded under: FP6-IST


A diversified consortium worked together to set new standards in the field of optical fibre laser technology. The main objective of the Uranus project, which received funding from the Sixth Framework Programme, was the development of ultra-fast laser sources suitable for a wide range of applications.

Combining state-of-the-art semiconductor and micro-optics technologies, these systems will enhance the efficiency of processes like remote laser cutting and materials machining in general. Specifically, higher power densities will be achieved at a fraction of the cost and size of traditional laser systems based on solid-state technology.

This final report of the Uranus project provides a brief overview of its main achievements. These include a laser source operating at 1.5 µm which can produce ultra-short pulses of a few picoseconds and amplifiers to scale up the power delivered.

Still, there are issues that will need to be addressed before the full potential of fibre laser technology. The final remarks highlight what the next steps will be to further improve the performance of the new ultra-fast laser source and extend their operation to higher wavelengths.

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