2018 May: BRL appear in Electro Optics article

This month BRL was included in a feature article in Electro Optics. The article, "Coating techniques push laser component limits" by Andy Extance, discusses the current advances in coating technology and the importance of laser damage testing. It is available on the Electro Optics website.

2018 April: New Laser Engineer Starts at BRL

Scott Deans has taken up a new position at BRL as a Laser Engineer.

2017 September: New Physicist Joins BRL

Dr David Hadden has joined the team in the position of Laser and Materials Physicist.

2017 August: New Photonics Specialist Employed

BRL has recently taken on John Filshie in the role of Photonics Specialist.

2017 June: Whitepaper on High Power, High LIDT Laser Optics

BRL has co-authored a whitepaper on laser damage in high-power optics with Gooch and Housego. It is available on the Gooch and Housego website. The paper showcases our recent Laser Damage Live videos, which you can find on our media page.

2017 April: New Media Launched

We have just begun a series of videos on live laser damage. These show unusual and dramatic damage events recorded in our labs. Watch it on our media page.

2017 March: New Website

Welcome to our new, revamped website! We hope you find it easier to navigate but please let us know if you experience any issues or have any comments.

2017 January: Completed expansion into the eye-safe regime, supported by Business Gateway

2016 October: Photonex Coventry

Dr Mulholland gave an invited talk on laser damage testing. He gave examples of BRL's work with the Kerr Effect and showcased two new videos taken of live damage events.

2016 September: SPIE Security + Defence Edinburgh

BRL exhibited, showing the first live damage videos illustrating beam focussing due to the Kerr Effect.

2016 August: 2-Micron Research Project

BRL successfully completed the SMART feasibility project on 2-micron laser damage testing. The project was successful and BRL are taking their concepts a stage further. Much work is still required to gain confidence in the procedures investigated.

2016 August: BRL attained ISO 9001:2015 accreditation.

2016 June: Fourth laser test bed operational

2016 April: SPIE Photonics Europe Brussels

BRL exhibited and Dr. R E Belford gave the demo talk Laser Damage Basics.

2016 January: Dr Kieran Mulholland Appointed as our New Research Physicist

Dr Kieran Mulholland joined our group full time. He has a PhD in experimental nuclear physics and has previous experience of laser damage techniques.

2015 December: Sean Taylor Appointed as our Electronics Engineer

Sean is responsible for the extensive electronic and sensing equipment in our firing labs.

2015 September: 2-Micron Research Project

BRL commenced a one-year SMART feasibility project. Laser damage at 2 microns presents limiting difficulties which make the test both expensive and challenging to execute. This research project approached the problem from a materials based viewpoint and proposed a novel method for performing laser damage testing at 2 microns using an alternative methodology.

2014 December: BRL attained ISO 9001:2008 accreditation

2014 August: BRL fast tracked in Business Gateway

2013 October: Photonex

Dr Belford presented an invited talk entitled "Laser Damage on optical components".

2013 August: Completed SMART award “Intelligent, low cost route to multi-wavelength laser damage determination”

2013 June: Third Laser Damage test bed operational

Multi-wavelength laser damage test bed became active due to the completion of a Scottish Enterprise feasibility project.

2012 August: Commenced SMART award “Intelligent, low cost route to multi-wavelength laser damage determination”

2012 July: Accreditation for accuracy in laser damage testing by SELEX ES