Training young researchers in tailored laser light beams

Structured laser beams pave the way towards new advances across many scientific fields. Light incident on a diffraction grating is dispersed away from the grating surface at an angle depending on the wavelength. The combination of diffraction grating structures and planar waveguides tailors the spectral and spatial shaping of laser beams. The EU-funded GREAT project will offer 15 early-stage researchers training in the design of advanced grating waveguide structures. GREAT will investigate modelling methods and fabrication tools for the development of grating waveguide structures to expand their application usage. Theoretical research activities will include pulse compression, spectral stabilisation, wavelength multiplexing and polarisation shaping.