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CAMOS was founded in 1987 at the University of Virginia to coordinate and promote research and training in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences. The Center brings together faculty and students from across the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. A variety of shared facilities and interdisciplinary programs have evolved over time. Research activities are diverse in this multidisciplinary center, with examples ranging from theoretical studies of atomic and molecular structure, to advanced laser synthesis and processing of materials.

Take the Virtual Tour of the CAMOS Ultrafast Laser Facility.

The University of Virginia also has active research programs at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) Free Electron Laser (FEL). Click here to see pictures of our recent experiments at the Jefferson Lab March 2000.

The National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program in the "Science and Engineering of Laser Interactions with Matter" (SELIM) is centered at the CAMOS Ultrafast Laser Facility and has strengthened connections between CAMOS, Norfolk State University, and Jefferson Lab.