Laser Aplications and Photonics


There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen Anthem

The research group in Laser Applications and Photonics (ALF) is a recognised research group (GIR) of the University of Salamanca, and Consolidated research unit (UIC016). It was created in 2015 as a tool for promoting and managing our research lines, however the members of the group are carrying out research in high-intensity lasers from 1992.

The aim of our research is the study of matter interaction with intense ultrashort laser pulses. In the group are involved researchers from different fields (Applied physics and mechanical engineering), that introduces a interdisciplinary character in our work. We develop our work both in the theoretical and experimental fields.

In addition to our activity, we have a compromise to disclosure the outcome our work to the public. We are aware of the key role that the society and public institutions have to the development of science, and therefore we understand that our duty is to give back that help to communicate science. We believe that our effort is not only to push our country to the avant-garde research, but also that the rest of the society has quality access to our activities, in a ludic and understandable way. For that reason, you will find that this webpage is dedicated to non-specialised readers. The experienced visitor can also find specific information about our group (research lines, publications, projects, …)

We encourage you to explore this webpage, follow us in one of our social networks, and contact with us if you have any suggestions and comments.

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Last NEWS and Publications


The shortest flashes of light we can control only last a tiny fraction of a second – mere trillionths, or ...

Celebration of the inaugural meeting of the FASLIGHT network

Although in operation since June 2023, the FASLIGHT (RED2022-134391-T) network has officially begun its journey with the celebration of its ...

OP Session – Polarization controlled orbital angular momentum operations in nonlinear wave mixing

Antonio Zelaquett Koury from the Fluminense Federal University in Brazil, will give the seminar entitled "Polarization controlled orbital angular momentum ...

BBVA foundation recognizes the ICO prize of the International Commission of Optics awarded to Carlos Hernández García

The BBVA Foundation publishes on its website the news of the recognition received by Carlos Hernández - García and the ...

OP Session – Otra forma de mirar. Una nueva línea de investigación en Microscopía No Lineal

Ignacio López Quintás from the research group in Laser Applications and Photonics (ALF)  will give the seminar titled "Otra forma ...

Triggering ultrafast magnetic dynamics using structured light

In the last decades, a growing interest has been developed around the possibility of manipulating the magnetic properties of matter ...