The National Science Platform (NSP) FOTONIKA-LV of University of Latvia includes research units – Quantum Optics Laboratory and Laboratory of Atomic Physics, Atmospheric Physics and Photochemistry of Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy and the Institute of Astronomy. NSP FOTONIKA-LV was created to be a centre of excellent research in the European Research Area and to be a strong and welcomed partner/coordinator in consortiums of EU Research and Innovation Framework programme projects.
NSP FOTONIKA-LV is the successor to the Association FOTONIKA-LV of three institutes of University of Latvia – Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, Institute of Astronomy and Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics. The Association FOTONIKA-LV realised several FP7 projects, the largest being FP7- REGPOT-2011-1 project No. 285912
“Unlocking and Boosting Research Potential for Photonics in Latvia – Towards Effective Integration in the European Research Area” (2012 – 2015, 3.8 million EUR). Thanks to REGPOT project the research capacity of FOTONIKA-LV was strengthened – the research
infrastructure was updated, experienced researchers were recruited and repatriated (including J. Alnis, who established the Quantum Optics Laboratory), and collaboration with local and foreign
partners, including industry was realised and an international work environment was created.