Marcos Maestre presents his Final Degree Project on a system to control light pulses and measure slow and fast light

IMG_7139On Friday July 7th, Marcos Maestre, student of Telecommunications Engineering, has defended his Final Degree Project entitled “Control de Pulsos Ópticos en Fibra y Medida de Efectos de Luz Lenta y Luz Rápida en Interferómetros“.

In this work, an instrumental system and its control software has been developed in order to characterize electro-optical modulators and polarization interferometers based on birefringent fibers. Using this setup slow and fast light (SFL) effects have been demonstrated for optical pulses centered at 1550 nm.

The project, which has been supervised by Julia Arias and María del Mar Sánchez-López, has obtained the maximum qualification, with honours.

A related communication will be presented at OPTOEL2017 – the Spanish Meeting on Optoelectronics.

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Domingo, 23 de julio de 2017 Sin comentarios

Pascuala García presents an SLM based optical microscope at the SPIE Optical Metrology Conference in Munich

SPIE PasPascuala Garcia presented the communication entitled “On axis programmable microscope using liquid crystal spatial light modulator” at the SPIE Optical Metrology Conference, held in Munich in June 25th to 29th, 2007.

In her presentation, she showed an optical microscope system we have developed, that includes an LCOS SLM display to perform opto-digital filtering on-axis. We use a Hamamatsu SLM, free of flickering, which can be tuned to fully eliminate the zero order component of the encoded diffractive filter, therefore making use of the full space-bandwidth. The system was demonstrated by implementing different optical processing operations based on phase-only gratings such as phase-contrast, band-pass filtering, additive and subtractive imaging, or Differential Interference Contrast(DIC) imaging.

A related manuscript is available at the SPIE Proceedings in Optical Methods for Inspection, Characterization, and Imaging of Biomaterials III, edited by Pietro Ferraro, Simonetta Grilli, Monika Ritsch-Marte, Christoph K. Hitzenberger, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 10333, 103330Q (2017). Link


Viernes, 21 de julio de 2017 Sin comentarios

María del Mar Sánchez presents Outreach & Education activities in Photonics at the 1st UMH Workshop on Collaborative Innovation

María del Mar Sánchez presented the last activities in outreach & education in photonics developed by our group at the 1ª Jornada de Innovación Colaborativa de la UMH (1st UMH Workshop on Collaborative Innovation) held in Elche on the 20th of June, 2017. This workshop gathered educators of Elementary Schools, Hight Schools, and Universities.

The presentation, entitled “La divulgación como instrumento de innovación educativa: el caso de la Fotónica” (in Spanish), can be viewed at the following link:

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Jueves, 20 de julio de 2017 Sin comentarios

New paper in OLT with a new polarization grating based single shot polarimeter

OLTWe developed a quantitative analysis of the performance of a complete snapshot polarimeter based on a polarization diffraction grating (PDGr). The work has been published in the paper entitled Quantitative performance of a polarization diffraction grating polarimeter encoded onto two liquid-crystal-on-silicon displays, published at the journal Optics & Laser technology.

The PDGr is generated in a common path polarization interferometer with a Z optical architecture that uses two liquid-crystal on silicon (LCoS) displays. The programmable PDGr is capable to act as a simultaneous polarization state generator (PSG), yielding diffraction orders with different states of polarization. The same system is also shown to operate as a polarization state analyzer (PSA), therefore useful for the realization of a snapshot polarimeter. We analyze its performance using quantitative metrics such as the conditional number.

This work has been developed in collaboration with our friends at the Departamento de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad de la Frontera (Chile) and our friends at Departamento de Física de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. And it will part of the PhD Thesis of Aarón Cofré.

Miércoles, 14 de junio de 2017 Sin comentarios

New paper in Scientific Reports, with a polarization grating design for the section of vector beams


We published a new paper in Scientific Reports entitled Vector Beam Polarization State Spectrum Analyzer. This work has been done with our friends at San Diego State University.

In this work we present a proof of concept for a vector beam polarization state spectrum analyzer based on the combination of a polarization diffraction grating (PDG) and an encoded harmonic q-plate grating (QPG). The result is a two-dimensional polarization diffraction grating that generates six different q-plate channels with topological charges from −3 to +3 in the horizontal direction, and each is split in the vertical direction into the six polarization channels at the cardinal points of the corresponding higher-order Poincaré sphere. Consequently, 36 different channels are generated in parallel.

We show that this system can be used as a vector beam polarization state spectrum analyzer, where both the topological charge and the state of polarization of an input vector beam can be simultaneously determined in a single experiment.

Download the paper here


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Viernes, 26 de mayo de 2017 Sin comentarios

New paper in Journal of Biomedical Optics about a polarization gating method

JBOA new paper has been published in Journal of Biomedical Optics entitled Polarization gating based on Mueller matrices.

This work has been developed at the Department of Physics of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, with the participation of Ignacio Moreno.

It demonstrates a polarization gating method based on the experimentally measured Mueller matrices. Polarization gating refers to a collection of imaging methods based on the combination of different controlled polarization channels. Here, first the Mueller matrix is characterized, and then employed to evaluate different polarization channels. The methodology is applied on different biological samples.


Martes, 16 de mayo de 2017 Sin comentarios

Prof. Kristiaan Neyts visits TecnOpto-UMH

We were very pleased that Prof. Kristiaan Neyts, Head of the Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group from the Ghent University, accepted our invitation to come to Elche and impart a seminar on liquid crystals in the frame of the 3rd TECNIT PhD Workshop of our university, held in March 29th.


Martes, 11 de abril de 2017 Sin comentarios

Ignacio Moreno president of SEDOPTICA – the Spanish Society of Optics

SedopticaIgnacio Moreno became the President of SEDOPTICA – the Spanish Society of Optics. After three years as Vicepresident, he now becomes the President of the society for the period of the next three years.

SEDOPTICA joins researchers, academia and professionals of the area of Optics & Photonics in Spain.

During this period SEDOPTICA will reach its 50th anniversary in 2018.

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Martes, 4 de abril de 2017 Sin comentarios

New paper in Journal of Optics about Solc filters in a reflective geometry

JOpticsWe published a new paper in Journal of Optics entitled Solc filters in a reflective geometry. It presents the realization of  birefringent Solc type filter in a reflective geometry.

This geometry reduces by half the number of required retarders, ensures the same spectral retardance function in pairs of retarders. The key element is a quarter-wave Fresnel rhomb located in between the set of retarders and a mirror. We present two cases, one with multiple-order quartz retarders, and a second one that uses two liquid-crystal retarders, this last one being therefore tunable.

This is the second paper in the PhD Thesis of Abdelgahfour Messaaddi, and it has been done in collboration with our friend Asticio Vargas form Universidad de La Frontera , Temuco (Chile) and our friend Noureddine Bennis and his coworkers at the Military University of Technology, Warsaw (Poland).

Jueves, 16 de marzo de 2017 Sin comentarios

María del Mar Sánchez new President of RSEF – Local Section in Alicante

LOGO-RSEF-fullMaría del Mar Sánchez became the President of the Local Section in Alicante of RSEF – Real Sociedad Española de Física,

RSEF is the Royal Spanish Society of Physics. With more than 4000 members, it is organized in different thematic divisions and specialized groups, as well as in local sections. The Local Section of Alicante started few years ago, and María del Mar has been active as a member of the Board. Now a new board has been elected and she has become President of the local section. The main objectives of the new board is promoting Physics in our local area, through outreach activities and seminars, and to foster the collaboration with High Schools, including activities to attract girls to STEM.



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Lunes, 27 de febrero de 2017 Sin comentarios