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PGL to Develop X-Large Diffraction Gratings for Highest-Power Laser

October 09, 2023 | In the News
Plymouth Grating Laboratory (PGL), the leading commercial manufacturer of large, high-performance diffraction gratings for lasers and laser systems, has been chosen by a multi-institutional team led by the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester to develop the means to produce gratings as large as two meters to support the design of a world-leading EP-OPAL laser.... READ MORE »

NSF funds multi-institutional design of world-leading EP-OPAL laser at Rochester

September 27, 2023 | In the News
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Rochester nearly $18 million over three years to design and prototype key technologies for EP-OPAL, a new facility dedicated to the study of ultrahigh-intensity laser-matter interactions.... READ MORE »

PGL Launches Nonpolarizing MLD Diffraction Gratings for Directed Energy

February 23, 2023 | In the News
Plymouth Grating Laboratory (PGL), the leading commercial manufacturer of large, high-performance diffraction gratings for lasers and laser systems, announced that it has launched a new product line for Spectral Beam Combining (SBC) of High Energy Lasers (HEL) used in Directed Energy applications.... READ MORE »

Most powerful laser in U.S. to begin operations at University of Michigan

August 30, 2021 | In the News
The 3 petawatt ZEUS laser will primarily be used to study extreme plasmas, a state of matter in which electrons break free of their atoms, forming what amounts to charged gases.... READ MORE »

Laser technology to protect critical infrastructure from lightning strikes

July 03, 2020 | In the News
Lightning strikes can cause substantial damage to buildings and critical infrastructure, such as airports. To mitigate this risk, one EU project is attempting to use powerful laser technology to control where lightning strikes.... READ MORE »

Sculpting super-fast light pulses: Nanopillars shape light precisely for practical applications

May 02, 2019 | In the News
Imagine being able to shape a pulse of light in any conceivable manner—compressing it, stretching it, splitting it in two, changing its intensity or altering the direction of its electric field.... READ MORE »

Improved laser-driven particle accelerator generates pairs of e-beams with different energies

March 05, 2019 | In the News
Researchers at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics in Garching have built the first-ever laser-driven particle accelerator that can generate pairs of electron beams with different energies.... READ MORE »

Laser Achievements Capture 2018 Nobel Physics Prize

October 02, 2018 | In the News
The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has recognized “groundbreaking inventions in laser physics” during the 1970s and 1980s that set up decades of subsequent scientific advances.... READ MORE »

Could a particle accelerator using laser-driven implosion become a reality?

May 24, 2018 | In the News
Scientists discovered a novel particle acceleration mechanism called 'Micro-bubble implosion,' in which super-high energy hydrogen ions (relativistic protons) are emitted ... READ MORE »

U.S. has lost its dominance in highly intense, ultrafast laser technology to Europe and Asia

December 06, 2017 | In the News
The U.S. is losing ground in a second laser revolution of highly intense, ultrafast lasers that have broad applications in manufacturing, medicine, and national security ... READ MORE »
Plymouth Grating Laboratory is dedicated to making the highest-quality diffraction gratings available today. Our focus is on lasers and laser systems. PGL gratings offer exceptionally high diffraction efficiency and laser damage threshold, combined with superior wavefront error and uniformity over large areas. This performance is made possible by PGL’s exclusive use of the Nanoruler, based on the proprietary Scanning Beam Interference Lithography technology developed at MIT, and PGL’s industry-leading process expertise. The company occupies 20,000 sq. ft. of dedicated manufacturing, engineering, and office space in Carver, MA, just outside of Plymouth, and about 45 miles south of Boston.

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