NPI International Year of Light


The Laser & Plasma Laboratory is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year. In the two decades since it's formation in 1990, just four years after the creation of CREOL, then called the Center for Research in Electro-Optics and Lasers, LPL has grown to be a major laboratory within the constellation of optics, photonics and laser laboratories, and centers surrounding the College of Optics & Photonics at UCF.

LPL is a founding laboratory within the new Townes Laser Institute, established in 2007 as a State Center of Excellence in next-generation laser technologies and their applications. Although LPL's scope of activities has progressively expanded over the years, its mission has remained the same. We strive for excellence in research and training in advanced laser technologies. Our primary products are the students we graduate with Masters and Doctoral degrees and the new science and technologies we create. We are organized into a number of research teams, laboratories and major facilities, and have established many formal and informal collaborations across the globe. These and other facets of our work are summarized on this website.


9/18/2015 Professor Martin Richardson brings new international fiber laser program to UCF
7/17/2015 Senior LPL graduate student CheonHa Jeon publishes IOP Lab Note
5/26/2015 Professor Martin Richardson's work with the Jefferson Science Fellows program featured in APS
3/2/2015 Townes Memorial
1/28/2015 Charles Townes dies at 99
12/1/2014 Paper by Professor Matthieu Baudelet et al. published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports
8/1/2014 Professor Kenneth L Schepler presents keynote speech at NATO SET-210 Specialists Meeting
7/28/2014 Townes turns 99 today
5/27/2014 Martin Richardson to go to Washington
5/7/2014 Article entitled "Discovering a Laser" by William Silfvast in Optics & Photonics News