LaserOn research group at the University of Vigo is a reference at national and European level in the laser materials processing field. This is based on the conjunction of two key elements: a compact and multidisciplinary human group with proven experience in this field (some of its components have more than 25 years of experience in the processing of materials with lasers) and the available laser park. The set of equipment, mainly high-power laser sources and auxiliary equipment (additive laser production stations of our own design, high vacuum systems, own design laser heads, high-speed cameras, etc ...) constitute a unique infrastructure in the Iberian Peninsula and is among the 10 most relevant in Europe in the field. Since its foundation in 1996, the group has developed and invented new techniques based on the application of lasers such as "laser spinning" for the production of nanofibers, the laser-blasting for the surface treatment of natural rocks or the "microcladding laser" for the additive manufacturing of elements on a micrometric scale.
Processing applications using high power lasers where the dimensional scale of the results exceeds hundreds of micrometers. Examples: cutting, welding, surface coatings, additive manufacturing.
In this case the dimensional scale of the results is of the order of the micrometer or tens of micrometers. Examples: micro-cutting, micro-perforation, micro-welding, micro-cladding, micro-texturing.
Synthesis of materials assisted by laser in the scale of the order of nanometer or few tens of nanometers. Examples: generation of nanoparticles and nanofibers.
The members of the group are electrical, mechanical, electronic and automatic engineers and physical science graduates, which gives it an interdisciplinary character. This is necessary to address current research challenges, which should combine knowledge of physical foundations; material properties; mechanical, electronic, and opto-mechanical design; simulation; numerical modelling of processes, etc. This character, of a transversal and fundamental nature, was, from the beginning of the group's activities, a signal of identity. Furthermore, it is this transversal nature that allows the group to face technological challenges with guaranty of success.