In 1995 Dr. Róbert Szipőcs - the inventor of chirped mirrors - and his colleagues at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics, Budapest, Hungary, and at JATE University, Szeged, Hungary founded the R&D Lézer-Optika Inc., the predecessor of the R&D Ultrafast Lasers Ltd. Their aim was to put their scientific knowledge and experience into practice, and to develop optical thin film components for high performance, compact femtosecond laser sources.

Foundation of R&D Lézer-Optika Inc. was preceded by an important technical innovation in the fields of optical dielectric mirror coatings and ultrafast lasers in 1993: Dr. Róbert Szipőcs and his colleagues at the Optical Coating Laboratory of the Research Institute for Solid State Physics, Budapest, Hungary, developed special dielectric laser mirrors for femtosecond laser systems that became known as chirped mirrors.

First demonstrated at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, these chirped mirrors were used to build a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti: sapphire laser containing no intracavity prism, and generating optical pulses as short as 11 fs. As a joint effort of research laboratories all around Europe including Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and United States of America, chirped mirror technology has matured.

In general, chirped mirrors offer a general solution for broadband dispersion control and feedback in femtosecond laser systems. They offer the benefits of a broader high-reflectivity range (as compared to low dispersion, standard quarterwave mirrors) as well as engineerable dispersion over the high reflectivity band. As a consequence, chirped mirror technology has the potential to overcome limitations previously encountered when attempting to produce shorter pulse laser oscillators. Furthermore, using chirped mirror technology, it has become feasible to design and build more compact and reliable laser sources than before.

In 1997 Lézer-Optika Inc. founded R&D Ultrafast Lasers Ltd. in order to develop and produce femtosecond lasers. In the following years R&D Ultrafast Lasers Ltd. has been involved in the research and implementation of femtosecond techniques.

We are developing and selling tunable femtosecond lasers, femtosecond Optical Parametric Oscillators and we are involved in research and development of femtosecond laser applications (two photon microscopy, time resolved spectroscopy).