Laser Science and Technology Centre

Laser Science and Technology Centre

Infobox Laboratory
name = Laser Science & Technology Centre
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established = 1950
city = Delhi
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director = Dr. Anil Kumar
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operating_agency = DRDO
affiliations =
address = Metcalfe House,
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campus =
website = [ LASTEC Home Page]
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DRDO Laboratories

Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC) is a laboratory of the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). Located in Delhi, it is the main DRDO lab involved in the development of Lasers and related technologies. LASTEC functions under the DRDO Directorate of Electronics & Computer Science.


LASTEC is the oldest laboratory in DRDO.cite news | first = P. Chacko | last = Joseph | title = LASTEC the Laser Lab | url = | publisher = Frontier India Defence and Strategic News Service | date = 6 August 2007 | accessdate = 2007-11-06 | quote = ]

In 1982, the Laboratory moved to a new technical building in Metcalfe House complex and was rechristened as Defence Science Centre. The centre consolidated its R&D activities towards more specific and application oriented areas, such as liquid fuel technology, spectroscopy, crystallography, system engineering, biotechnology etc. DSL now started concentrating in the area of Pure Sciences such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The chemistry division developed G-fuel and UDMH for rockets and missiles. The Mathematics division conducted simulation and calculations related to the missile program, while the Physics division took the lead by launching many activities.

DSC was also given a new charter of duties with its major thrust on LASERS. Intensive work commenced on Solid-state lasers, Carbon dioxide lasers, ALARM, laser rangefinder, Fibre Optic Gyroscope, Ring laser gyroscopes, Laser Intruder Alarm systems, etc. In 1986, the centre was made responsible for the development of high power lasers for Defence applications as one of its major missions. The lab was renamed LASTEC on 1 Aug 1999 to emphasize its core focus of Laser technology.

Areas of Work

LASTEC's primary focus is the research and development of various laser materials, components and laser systems, including High Power Lasers (HPL) for defence-applications. [ [ LASTEC Areas of Work] ] The main charter of the lab revolves around progressing in areas of Photonics, Electro-Optic Counter Measures (EOCM), low and High Power Lasers (HPL). LASTEC also develops and delivers directed energy weapon systems for the Indian Armed Forces, based on High-power laser technology.

As a defence technology spin off, LASTEC has also been engaged in the development of lasers for medical and other civilian applications.

Projects and Products

In the field of high power laser LASTEC works in following field1) Chemical oxygen iodine laser 2)Gas dynamic laser 3) Hf-Df laser


External links

* [ LASTEC Home Page]

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