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Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (AIOFM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), established in 1970, is located at the “Science Island” on Lake Dongpu in western Hefei, Anhui, covering a total area of 400,000 square meters. Insisting in the strategy of taking the demands for advancing the national economy and society as the focus, AIOFM has been undertaking lots of major research projects supported by the National Key Research Program for Science and Technology, the National High Technology Research and Development (863) Program, the State Key Development Program for Basic Research (973), the National Natural Science Foundation, Funds of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for Key Topics in Innovation Engineering, and various provincial and local research programs, in the fields of laser atmospheric propagating and sounding, laser spectroscopy, environmental optics and related monitoring technologies, optical remote sensing and radiation calibration, solid- and excimer-laser systems and nonlinear optics, fiber optics and photonics, optical crystal materials, medical laser instruments, and optoelectronics engineering, etc.

AIOFM boasts four research centers with activities in the fields of atmospheric optics, environmental optics, laser technology and optical engineering, and several high-tech R&D divisions as well. AIOFM has four national, CAS or provincial key labs, i.e., Key Lab in Atmospheric Optics of the National High Technology Research and Development (863) Program, Key Lab in Optical Radiation Calibration and Validation of CAS, Key Lab in Environmental Optics & Technology of CAS, and Key Lab in Environmental Optical Monitoring Techniques of Anhui Province. With the expertise on OEM R&D and strong capacity on integration and manufacture, by collaborating with the industrial, lots of high-tech prototypes from optical materials & devices to application systems & instruments have continuously been transfer to companies; AIOFM also holds the qualification system authentications defined by GB/T19001-2000 and GJB9001A-2001.

AIOFM has one postdoctoral station, and offers three PhD programs and five Master programs, and has turned out more than 1,000 excellent personnel with graduate degrees. The institute takes an active part in setting up cooperative programs and has signed agreements for friendly cooperation with many universities, research institutes or corporations throughout China and more than 20 countries or areas.(more)

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