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Laser and Plasma for Advanced Manufacturing (LPAM)

University of Virginia

Southern Methodist University

University of Illinois

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Carry out Research and Development in applications of lasers and plasmas for advanced manufacturing to support the needs of industry and provide leadership in the field.

Center Mission and Rationale

The mission of the Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing (LAM) is to develop a science, engineering, and technology base for laser and plasma processing of materials, devices, and systems. The Center builds upon existing research being conducted in plasma and photon processing. The Multi-University team has the requisite expertise and equipment, valued in excess of $5 million, to pursue research and development in this area. The Center provides a core technology base in lasers and plasma, support for the creation and growth of innovative collaborations among industry partners, and the opportunity to enhance existing research relationships with federal laboratories.

Research program

Directed beam energy for advanced manufacturing

Center research focuses on development of advanced manufactring processes for aerospace, automobile, photovoltaics, biomedical, electronics and various other industrial sectors.

Laser and plasma sources

Center research focuses on development of unique energy sources for materials processing such as high power lasers with optics, plasma, e-beam, microwaves.

Laser, plasma and e-beam processing of materials

Center research relates to applications of lasers, plasma, electron beam etc energy sources for advanced manufacturing.

Sensors for process monitoring

Center research focuses on development of process monitoring sensors for laser, plasma and electron beam processing of materials.

Special Activities

In addition to research activities, Center personnel are actively engaged in knowledge and information transfer. The Center also builds upon a number of projects at multiple universities by using the funding from the federal government, industry, and state governments. The Center takes full advantage of its immediate proximity to federal laboratories like NASA Langley Research Center.

Facilities and Laboratory

Some of the world's most advanced apparatus are at the Center's disposal. These include the following:

  • Lasers : Nd:YAG, carbon dioxide, excimer, argon ion, high power diode, femtosecond Ti:sapphire, 4 kW cw fiber laser, 2 kW cw/pulsed diode laser, 1 kW cw Nd:YAG laser, two high power pulsed Nd:YAG lasers, two robotized laser and micro plasma cladding stations, two five-axis machining center.
  • Surface Coating Systems : multi-target sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, electron beam, ultrahigh vacuum, plasma and ion beam deposition, and etching systems for coating metals, dielectrics, semiconductors, and other films.
  • Materials Analysis Systems : Optical, Scanning Electron, and Atomic Force Microscopes; X-ray diffractometer, laboratory for reverse engineering, semiconductor processing clean room (class 100), optoelectronics device characterization laboratory, materials characterization laboratory.


University of Virginia

Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
351 McCormack Rd., Thornton Hall, P.O. Box 400743

Charlottesville, Virginia, 22904

United States



Southern Methodist University

School of Engineering
1500 International Parkway, Suite 100

Richardson, Texas, 75081

United States



University of Illinois

College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
306 Engineering Hall, MC 266, 1308 West Green Street

Urbana, Illinois, 61801

United States