EU Activities
Lighthouse in FP7:
LightHOUSE and its constituent groups (NCLA and Applied Optics) actively participate in the EU research community. Current activities are focussed in a number of European-funded research programmes including Interreg III and the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 NMP and Marie-Curie). Ongoing projects include (Marie-Curie) Eco-Lamp and HIRESOMI. If you wish to collaborate with LightHOUSE within a network or full research project, please contact us at An outline of ongoing projects and initiatives are provided below.

LaserNanoSurf FP7 Project:
NCLA is currently coordinating a proposal for submission to the NMP Theme of FP7. This Large, Integrated Project is called LaserNanoSurf (Next Generation Laser Equipment & Processes for High Throughput, Large scale, Micro & Nano structuring). The project proposes to develop high average power, short-pulsed, laser systems that will be an enabling tool for future micro- and nano-scale three dimensional (3D) structuring of surfaces. The project combines significant advances in laser sources, with robust and adaptable beam delivery systems, to exploit new mechanisms in laser-based nanostructuring, and to demonstrate them in large scale, high throughput, industrial processes. Click here (CONSORTIUM MEMBERS ONLY) to to access information on the FP7 proposal LaserNanoSurf. For information on the EU Seventh Framework Programme, click here.

Photonics 21:
Photonics21 is a European initiative with the aim of bringing industry and academia together to establish R&D priorities to improve competitiveness and economic growth in Europe using light-based technologies. More information on this initative can be found at our Photonics 21 webpage.
The Interreg Optronics Project was run jointly with Wales through the Welsh Development Agency. It was restricted to the western counties of Wales and the eastern counties of Ireland.

The programme identified a series of Optronics projects that feasibility studies showed could be implemented in particular companies.

The technology transfer programme provided an opportunity for participating companies to:

  • Identify areas in which laser technology could improve existing processes or enable new products and processes in their production lines.
  • Obtain training for personnel in laser technology at a day-long workshop featuring seminars and demonstrations.
  • See demonstrations of a number of key laser technologies in action.
  • Have laboratory-based laser trials carried out on their materials at the NCLA’s comprehensive facility.
  • Have an expert techno- economic appraisal of the potential applications for laser-based processes in their manufacturing operations.

Further information can be found here.

The NCLA research group has developed considerable expertise in the application of laser technology in advanced manufacturing sectors. These activities have been largely supported by collaborations at a regional level with industry (including SMEs) across electronics, medical device, and aerospace sectors. While some understanding of the laser-material interaction has been developed for specific materials and laser systems, a programme of knowledge transfer in materials science, specifically targeting therm o-physical and thermodynamic simulations, is required to underpin the future activities of the NCLA.

To progress the fundamental understanding in the science of laser-assisted fabrication, a transfer of knowledge is proposed on process modelling and imp roved understanding of the novel use of assist gases that can improve laser ablation through chemical or physical interaction, and on the accelerated development of skills in the use of new laser sources (i.e. femto-second, UV diode-pumped solid-state lase rs operating at 266nm, 355nm).

The group is already engaged with industry partners on laser processing projects, leading to significant process improvements. While centre personnel have proposed a number of models, researchers have been unsuccessful in obt aining detailed insight into the fundamental thermo-physical processes involved in the laser-assisted processing step. Accurate models, if verifiable experimentally, will be valuable in optimising processes and identifying new applications of the technology.

The host has recently acquired new sources and, to maximise their impact, requires expertise and guidance from experienced researchers, from laboratories already proficient in the use of short-pulse (especially femto-second) laser systems. The project will develop linkages with the institutions of incoming researchers, share collateral knowledge with participants, and identify new applications of laser technology in industry.

More information can be found here.

Information on this project can be found here.

The main objective of OPERA2015 is to compile an inventory of existing European Optics and Photonics research and industry infrastructure and support the development of a mid to long term strategic vision of European Photonics industry and research.

OPERA2015 will support the creation of the European Research Area through the stimulation of interaction of EU and national initiatives and projects. This will lead to improved transparency and cooperation of research activities and will deliver a clear view of future directions of European research in OP.

OPERA2015 will furthermore foster the link between industry and research in order to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness by providing strategic opportunities for European industries. More information can be found at

CORDIS, the COmmunity Research and Development Information Service, is an interactive information platform that keeps you up-to-date with the latest news, progress and initiatives in European innovation, research & development. This pocket guide introduces some of the significant aspects of the CORDIS service:

· Daily news on European research and innovation
· Extensive information on past and current R&D activities
· Specific thematic and practical information
· National and regional R&D and innovation activities
· European funding for R&D and innovation projects
· Partnerships and involvement in R&D activities
· Assistance services and support for innovators
· Interactive services to promote your activities and projects
· Powerful search and automatic e-mail delivery services
· A library of R&D policy and practice documents

More information on CORDIS can be found at
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Centre for Applied Photonics
NUI Galway, Ireland.
Ph: 353-91-493595 Fax: 353-91-494594


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