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ENIneering MAterial properties with advanced laser direct writing

ENIneering MAterial properties with advanced laser direct writing


Ultrafast laser material processing is approaching its limits in terms of ability to produce innovative materials with
compositional and structural consistency. The main idea of this project is to remove barriers to product development and go
beyond state-of-the-art by applying tailored and few-cycle laser pulses (FCLPs) for engineering of materials.
In this project I will investigate the interaction between intense ultra-short light pulses and matter at or below the wavelength
scale reaching states of matter found only deep planetary conditions.A key goal of the project is to exploit these extreme
conditions for synthesising unique material phases with on-demand optical and electronic properties, and progress photonic
devices with utilizing FCLP advantages: control over the bond scissoring density; efficient and highly localized energy
deposition; seeding of self-organized nanostructures; manipulation of spatio-temporal coupling.
Currently, a key limitation is plasma scattering that diminishes the performance of engineered materials. The question I will
address is whether control of ultra-short pulses can lead to ways around this limitation. The control of self-organization
process will revolutionize the field of data storage by achieving record high 100 TB/cm3 densities, high writing speed and
practically unlimited lifetime. I will radically improve the performance of printed flat optics with perfected nanostructures
engineered from nano- to macro-scale and capable of replacing conventional optics significantly advancing photonic devices
used in high-resolution microscopy, consumer electronics, and high-power laser applications. I envisage obtaining exotic
material phases such as metallic phases of silicon and tailored metallic nanoparticles in silicate glass. Hence this project will
push the frontiers of laser material processing to unprecedented precision and will develop novel family of devices that will
feed into the future of optics, electronics and computing

Host institution



So17 1bj Southampton

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 499 957

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United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 2 499 957

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 789116


Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2023

Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 2 499 957

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 957

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United Kingdom