Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was established in 1964. It is one of the earliest institutes in China specializing in laser science and technology. As a comprehensive high-tech institute, SIOM mainly focuses on the frontiers of modern optical and laser science, the development of large-scale laser engineering & technology and laser & optoelectronic applications.
Basic research in SIOM explores and harnesses on high-power laser technology, strong field physics, high-intensity optics, information optics, quantum optics, laser and optoelectronic devices, and optical materials, etc. SIOM comprises 8 research laboratories, consisting of one national key laboratory, one joint CAS-CAEP laboratory, four CAS key laboratories and one Shanghai municipal key laboratory.
Till the end of 2017, SIOM has a staff of 883 employees including 321 senior researchers, among whom 9 distinguished scientists have been elected as members of CAS or CAE. Currently, 493 graduates are pursuing their Ph.D. or master’s degrees in SIOM.
In more than half a century, SIOM has received 46 national level awards and more than 300 provincial level awards for its scientific and technological contributions. Both the Shenguang Laser Experimental System and the Table-Top OPCPA (Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification) Ultra-intense, Ultra-short Pulsed Laser Facility won First-class National Science and Technology Progress Awards. Over 200 patents are granted annually with the number of patent applications ranking among the top institutions in China. Every year, more than 600 papers are published. Based on three publication indices for S&T papers (i.e., inclusion in SCI, overseas citations, and publication in domestic journals), SIOM has been leading in the forefront of Chinese national research institutions for several years.
SIOM attaches much importance to international cooperation and academic exchange. Under CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) and other programs, visiting scholars, scientists and entrepreneurs from over 50 countries/regions, including Nobel laureates and heads of state, have paid visits or participated in short-term cooperation at SIOM. Each year, about 200 international visitors come to SIOM and over 200 SIOM researchers go abroad for international conferences or collaborative research. In 2007, SIOM was awarded the International Cooperation Base by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and evaluated one of the Excellence Bases in 2015.