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Standing on tradition – advancing towards the future

Prof. J. Rydberg

Lund has had a tradition in atomic physics and spectroscopy since the 1880s, when Prof. J. Rydberg published his famous formula escribing the wavelengths of spectral lines.

Since then, atomic spectroscopy, which is strongly affiliated to the field of astrophysics, has been a speciality at Lund, and is now being pursued using modern interferometers and lasers. The range of current research activities is very broad, from basic studies to applications in analysis and diagnostics.

The Lund Laser Centre (LLC) was established at Lund University in 1995, directly under the Vice-Chancellor, as an organisation for laser, optics and spectroscopy research. It constitutes the largest unit in the field in the Nordic countries. The research is being performed in a unique, multi-disciplinary atmosphere and fosters close collaboration with industry. The Centre is characterised by a very strong exchange of ideas, expertise and resources between different projects, where advanced electro-optics form a common denominator. Members in the Centre are the Research Divisions of Atomic Physics, Atomic Astrophysics, Chemical Physics and Combustion Physics, as well as the Lund University Medical Laser Centre. High-Power Laser Facility features spear-head technology installations in the field of lasers and laser spectroscopy. The particular set up of the Lund Laser Centre, gives a unique and informal access to relevant knowledge also outside the field of lasers, optics and spectroscopy to allow well-balanced, synergetic research projects to be pursued. Further, the presence of the MAX IV Synchrotron Radiation Facility and the IDEON Research Park in walking distance to the LLC adds to its scientific environment.

The LLC is the co-ordinating partner of the European consortium of major European laser research infrastructures – Laserlab-Europe, with partners in 16 EU countries. It is also one of the partners in the Swedish network of laser research infrastructures – Laserlab-Sweden.

The Lund Laser Centre has an Executive Director and a Board whose members come from the Engineering Science and Medical Faculties of Lund University. The senior Board members, the Director and the Chair of the Board are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the Lund University. The Student Unions appoint student representatives to the Board.

 

Policy and governance of the LLC (PDF)