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NSF Funds Design of World-Leading NSF-OPAL Laser Facility

September 25, 2023
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The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Rochester nearly $18 million in funding to design and prototype key technologies for NSF-OPAL (optical parametric amplifier lines). The new facility will be dedicated to the study of ultrahigh-intensity laser–matter interactions and is scheduled to be built at LLE. The NSF-OPAL facility s envisioned to provide laser capabilities beyond those currently available internationally, potentially opening the doors to a new era of high-impact research.

The NSF-OPAL Project leverages the expertise, resources, and talents of partner institutions nationwide, including six universities—the University at Buffalo, University of California, Irvine, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and The Ohio State University, as well as a private company, Plymouth Grating Laboratory in Massachusetts.

To read the full press release, please visit the University of Rochester NewsCenter.