LIDER Project

On 1.01.2021, we started a new research project funded by the National Centre for Research and Development within the LIDER program, entitled: “Compact femtosecond fiber laser for multiphoton biomedical imaging” (CLaMP). The amount of funding equals 1 500 000.00 PLN and the duration of the project is 3 years.

The main goal of the Project is the development of a compact fiber laser emitting femtosecond pulses in the 760 – 780 nm spectral region, for applications in multi-photon microscopy. The current extremely fast development of biomedical imaging techniques like optical coherence tomography (OCT) or multi-photon microscopy requires development sophisticated lasers as excitation sources. Further improvement in those techniques and further progress in selected areas of biomedicine (like ophthalmoscopy) relies on the availability of laser sources with proper parameters. The key feature of a biomedical laser is its compactness (which makes it easily integratable with existing microscopes, ophthalmoscopes, etc.) and alignment-free, turnkey operation without the necessity of periodic maintenance or adjustments. This Project proposes a novel solution based on a fiber laser as an alternative for currently used titanium-sapphire lasers. Using of optical fibers enables development of ultrastable lasers, almost completely resistant to any external disturbances (like vibrations, temperature or humidity variation, dust, etc.) which do not require any alignment. The proposed solution has a great commercial aspect due to the vast and constantly growing biomedical laser market. Several institutions are already interested in the results of the project. The team members and the PI have great skills in laser technology, fiber optics, nonlinear optics and practical applications of these techniques, gained during several years of professional experience. The team possesses also competences and skills in biomedical applications of lasers in imaging, fluorescence microscopy, etc. This will lead to the development of an exceptional device, with unique properties, perfectly tailored to the requirements of the biomedical community. As a result of the project, a TRL9 prototype of the laser will be developed. The technology readiness will be confirmed by fluorescence microscopy experiments.

The Project is carried out at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology. The team members involved in the project are:

Dr. Grzegorz Soboń - Principal Investigator

Dr. Dorota Stachowiak - Main Contractor

Dr. Jakub Bogusławski - Main Contractor

Arkadiusz Hudzikowski, MSc. Eng. - Main Contractor

The Project is financed by the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), under the contract no. LIDER/32/0119/L-11/19/NCBR/2020