Global positions of the Lithuanian laser industry are getting stronger

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2019 05 15

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One of the most powerful laser system SYLOS made by Lithuanians was launched today in the Centre of Laser Researches in Hungary. Mr. Gintaras Vilda, Vice Minister of the Economy and Innovation, who participated in the conveyance ceremony of the unique laser system, said that it is a huge achievement both for Lithuania and global science. 

‘Although lasers as a product makes quite a small share in common Lithuanian export market they are glorifying the Lithuanian name in the world like basketball does. They make global science move forward, too. The demand for laser technologies is growing in the world, so the creation of products that have no alternatives in the world and participation in such big international projects opens additional paths and reinforces positions of the Lithuanian laser science and industry in the world,” – says Mr. Gintaras Vilda, Vice Minister of the Economy and Innovation. 

The laser system SYLOS was installed in the Extreme Light Infrastructure-Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) laboratory of the international laser research centre in Szeged. This system was created and made on the order of ELI centre by two largest Lithuanian laser producers – Ekspla and Light Conversion. They joined their technologies and created the biggest laser between the fastest and the fastest laser among the biggest lasers in the world. The system creates ultrashort impulses of big intensity, the pointed power of which is more than thousand times bigger than the most powerful US atomic power plants.

These impulses will be used for fundamental researches of peculiarities of electron movement in atoms and molecules. This laser may be also used to neutralize nuclear waste. 

ELI is the first international infrastructure of interdisciplinary researches in the area of lasers. It is coordinated by France and at present 13 countries are participating. Three laser centres are being created on the ground of ELI in three countries: Czechia, Hungary and Romania. Various powerful and advanced lasers will be installed in each centre intended for specific research in certain area. The Lithuanians and their partners from the US have also won another competition to make equipment for another laser centre in the EU (Czechia).

The Lithuanian laser industry occupies more than 50 percent of global scientific market of ultrashort impulses, whereas lasers created in Lithuania may be encountered in almost any continent. The Lithuanian lasers are chosen by NASA, CERN and other world-famous companies, like IBM, Hitachi, Toyota and Mitsubishi. Even 90 of 100 best universities of the world are using Lithuanian lasers and their systems at present.