The Laser Laboratory was founded by Franco Gori in 1972. At beginning the major research topics concerned holography and holographic interferometry. In particular, the first application of holographic interferometry to artwork objects diagnostics was born here (1972 - 1975). This result marked the beginning, in the international scientific community, of this area of investigation, for which the laboratory is still renowned in the world. After the transfer of Prof. Gori to University of Rome, Professor Domenica Paoletti became the director of Laser Laboratory.
From the middle of 1980 of last century, the Laboratory began to study speckle metrology, white light techniques and new image processing techniques. In particular, pioneeristic works were carried out on the realization of portable ESPI (Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry) systems for diagnostics of frescoes and paintings in situ and on the extent of optical techniques to measurements in the engineering field.
For example, vibrations of mechanical systems, diffusion in binary liquid mixtures, roughness measurements and profile on artwork objects and surfaces of industrial interest, such as composites material, have been investigated.
From 1990, keeping the previous research topics, the Laboratory began to study flow visualization and heat transfer, especially by using speckle and white light.
The last fields of research concern the application of thermography in NDE, energy saving and in an integrated diagnostic approach, involving the joint use of different experimental techniques.
From 2002 the Laboratory changed the name in Las.E.R. (Laser and Electro-optical Research in engineering metrology) to take into consideration the evolution of its research topics.
The results obtained by the research group are published in national and international journals, conferences and books (see Papers), earning also some covers.
The research group also organized several workshops and conferences.
The G. Parolini Laboratory was funded in 1971 as Laboratorio dell'Istituto Nazionale della Sperimentazione Edilizia (INSE) - Laboratory of the National Institute for Building Testing - mainly devoted to environmental acoustics and building elements measurements. After the 2009 earthquake, part of the laboratory was annexed to the Las.e.r. Laboratory.
In 2013, the former INSE Laboratory was dedicated to Gino Parolini, an italian engineer and university professor. G. Parolini, who was a former dean of the Engineering Faculty of the Sapienza University of Rome, took an important role in the foundation of the Engineering School in L'Aquila. In 2016, the G. Parolini Laboratory new location was opened.