We hope this research laboratory will encourage collaboration and help researchers at Georgia Tech to make efficient use of the costly laser equipment, which is already used extensively in Prof. El-Sayed's research program. This availability also should encourage research into new areas where these analytical techniques are helpful to understanding complex issues.

At a time when national resources are limited, a facility like this helps to stretch the ability of researchers at the institute to get their work done and allow them to study these phenomena without having to invest in their own laser equipment.

Systems and techniques available at the laboratory include transient optical absorption spectroscopy, time-resolved Raman Spectroscopy, time-resolved IR spectroscopy (TRIR), time-resolved Fourier Transform Infrared (TRFTIR) spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and time-correlated single photon counting..