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At CAP we perform R&D in applied photonics, principally focusing on optical fibre technology.

We are oriented towards applied research and development in optical fibre sources, optical fibre communication, optical fibre sensors and microfabrication (thin films and integrated optics).

Our group is always looking for opportunities for technology transfer to industrial companies using its specific competencies in optoelectronics and systems integration.

Latest News

Ten INESC TEC researchers among the most influential worldwide

Ten INESC TEC researchers are among the top-cited academics worldwide, part of the top 2% in their respective fields, according to a ranking developed by researchers from Stanford University (U.S.A.), and published in late 2020.

26th April 2021

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC researcher awarded at the Optics and Photonics for Scientific Progress 2021 conference

The work presented by Paulo Robalinho, researcher at INESC TEC’s Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP), was acknowledged at the OPSP – Optics and Photonics for Scientific Progress.

23rd April 2021

INESC TEC project among the winners of the BIP PROOF

The SpecTOM project (partnership between INESC TEC and U.Porto) was one of the winners of BIP PROOF 20/21, obtaining €10K of financial support for a proof of concept.

29th March 2021

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC researchers set two world records in optical sensing

During the months of October and November, Paulo Robalinho and André Gomes, researchers at INESC TEC’s Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP), published two articles in scientific journals, for the dissemination of two world records obtained in the optical deformation sensing and refractive index, using the Vernier effect.

10th November 2020

Networked Intelligent Systems

INESC TEC researcher receives award at the 22nd National Physics Conference

The work presented by Diana Capela, researcher at INESC TEC’s Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP), was awarded at PHYSICS 2020 – 22nd National Physics Conference and 30th Iberian Meeting for the Teaching of Physics, which took place between September 2 and 5, at the Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon. The participants attended the event in person and via Zoom.

22nd September 2020

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Featured Projects

SpecTOM_BIPProof2020

SpectTOM BIP Proof 2020 - PROGRAMA DE ATRIBUIÇÃO DE APOIOS PARA PROVA DE CONCEITO DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

2021-2021

GREENPEG

Análise de composição elementar pela técnica LIBS

2020-2020

LightBrain

LightBrain - a light speed neuromorphic chip with quantum fluids of light

2020-2022

SMARTFARM40

Soluções inteligentes para uma agricultura sustentável, preditiva e autónoma

2020-2023

inSITE

inSITE. Insitu ore grading system using LIBS in harsh environments

2020-2022

FOOD4U

Real-time monitoring of fresh food quality with optical sensors

2019-2020

SmartEcotec

Viabilidade de Implementação de Sistema de Inteligência Artificial para o Diagnóstico, Previsão e Controlo Multivariado de Unidades de Tratamento de Lixiviados

2019-2020

WiPTherm

Innovative WIreless Power devices Using micro-Thermoelectric Generators arrays for Nanosatellites

2019-2022

OpTweezers

Consultoria, aconselhamento técnico e acesso a infraestrutura de fabrico e teste de pinças óticas

2019-2021

ESAPlastics

DE-RISK ASSESSMENT: SPECTROMETER FOR MARINE LITTER

2019-2021

EFAR

Cabeças sensoras para corrente contínua

2019-2019

FlexOPlan

Planeamento Operacional da Potência Ativa e Reativa na Interface entre TSO e DSO

2019-2021

LED

Consultoria especializada em sistemas óticos

2018-2020

SENVIB

Sensor ótico de vibração para aplicações em transformadores

2018-2018

MetBots

Metabolomic robots with self-learning artificial intelligence for precision agriculture

2018-2021

GreenNanoSensing

Quantum nanoSensing for renewable energy and environmental management

2018-2021

ENDOR

Endoscope based on new optical fibre technology for Raman spectroscopy

2018-2021

SolSensors

Development of advanced fibre optic sensors to monitor the durability of concrete and reinforced concrete structures

2018-2021

SAFEWATER

On chip whispering gallery mode optical microcavities for emerging microcontaminant determination in waters

2018-2021

FLAPSYS

Fiber laser plasma spectroscopy system for real time element analysis

2018-2021

MINDOG

Adaptação de 3 sensores de H2S para incorporação em sistemas de deteção de flatulência canina

2017-2019

TEC4Sea

Modular Platform for Research, Test and Validation of Technologies supporting a Sustainable Blue Economy

2017-2021

INFANTE

Sistema de apresentação da "Maquete do Porto Mediaval", do Museu Casa do Infante

2017-2017

AGRINUPES

Integrated monitoring and control of water, nutrients and plant protection products towards a sustainable agricultural sector

2017-2020

CORAL-SENSORS

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

CORAL-TOOLS

CORAL – Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors

2016-2018

Femto3D

Fabricação tridimensional de dispositivos ópticos integrados por escrita directa com laser femtosegundo

2016-2017

TECCON2

Acordo de Cooperação em P&D entre INESC P&D Brasil e INESCTEC para participação no projeto TECCON2

2016-2020

STRONGMAR-CRAS

STRengthening MARritime Technology Research Center

2016-2018

MarineEye

MarinEye - A prototype for multitrophic oceanic monitoring

2015-2017

NanoStima-RL1

NanoSTIMA - Macro-to-Nano Human Sensing Technologies

2015-2019

VAMOS

Viable Alternative Mine Operating System

2015-2019

EYEFRY

Cooking oils degradation assessment system

2014-2015

Re-Learning

Human motor re-learning by sensor information fusion

2014-2015

GOPA

Environmental processes management and optimisation

2013-2014

Spin_Fonao

Magnetic-induced ferroelectricity unravelled through spin-phonon coupling

2013-2015

InCell

Optical fibre tweezers for single cell manipulation and analysis

2013-2014

SNIFFER

Sensor devices network for food supply chain security

2013-2016

ThermaMonitor

System based on optical fibre sensors to monitor temperature in electrical machines

2013-2014

Sensing

Network Sensing for Critical Systems Monitoring

2013-2015

SmartGrids

Smart Grids

2013-2015

Cyclops

Single-Pixel Imaging Lidar based on Compressive Sensing

2013-2014

Cooperation

Cooperation and Perception for Augmented Autonomy

2013-2015

Ecoal-MGT

Ecological Management of Coal Waste Piles

2012-2015

IORT

The effect of shielding on dose distributions in intra-operative electron radiotherapy: a Monte Carlo simulation study

2012-2015

SPR

Plasmonics Based Fibre Optic Sensing with Enhanced Performance

2012-2014

WineBioCode

Biosensor Development for Wine Traceability in the Douro Region

2012-2015

E-Coli

Lab-on-a-chip: E.coli rapid detection

2012-2012

NanoWires

Optical Fibre NanoWires

2012-2012

FLUOROCT

Dose distribution mapping and Monte Carlo simulations in CT-fluoroscopy

2011-2014

Wood

Numerical and experimental study of cohesive laws in bonded wood joints

2011-2014

AQUAMONITOR

Optical fiber sensors for water quality monitoring applied to the determination of dissolved carbon dioxide in aquaculture

2011-2013

Nanovalor

Pole of Competitiveness in Nanotechnology for the enhancement of R&D potential in the Euroregion Galicia-Northern Portugal

2011-2014

MicroNanoCarolina

Expanding activity in optics and optoelectronics: micro and nonofabrication technologies

2010-2012

Multiferroicos

Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric materials for spintronics: obstacles and interfaces

2010-2013

FIBDOSE

Fibre dosimeters for in vitro and in vivo dosimetry in External Radiotherapy and Brachytherapy

2010-2013

SmartCoat

Optical fibre sensors embedded in composite materials to monitor physical parameters

2010-2012

TECCON

Optical fibre sensors to supervise, control and protect electric power systems

2010-2013

SensEFil

Monitoring filament wound vessels using optical sensors embedded in composite reinforcement

2010-2012

MCP

Antibacterial and osteogenic behaviour of Modified Calcium Phosphates (MCP): in vitro and in vivo evaluation

2010-2013

Hybrid

Hybrid electro-optical microfluidic device for single cell analysis

2010-2013

WaveTune

Monitoring systems based on optical fibre technology

2010-2011

SensingVed

Intelligent monitoring system based on sensor networks

2010-2010

Microphyte

Sensors for a new and more competitive bioprocess for the production of hydrogen

2010-2013

SensKanoe

Sensing systems applied to canoes

2009-2012

Mobiles

Sustainable electric mobility - Solutions for the logistics associated with electric vehicle battery charging

2009-2012

TunLas

Optical fibre tunable lasers

2009-2017

SkateMus

Music generation from skater movements

2009-2009

Memimetria

System to measure the thickness of materials using interferometric imaging setups

2008-2010

Biomotion

Perception of biological motion - integrating psychophysics, neurophysiology and computational modeling

2008-2012

Bioswim

Body Interface System based on Wearable Integrated Monitoring

2008-2011

Endurance0

Optical fibre Bragg sensors to monitor structures in Civil Engineering

2008-2010

Nanocrystalline

Glass Ceramics with Non Linear Optical Properties

2008-2011

AmdraphydII

Advanced Monitoring and Diagnosis of the Physical Dynamics of the Estuary of Aveiro

2008-2009

Oreo2

Self-patternable organic/inorganic hybrids for low cost integrated optics devices

2008-2010

SenRONS

Optical fibre sensors to determine reactive oxygen and nitric oxide in biological systems

2008-2011

Motion

Monitoring and compensaTion of Impairments in Optical Networks

2007-2010

Welding

Optical fibre Bragg sensors for friction stir welding (FSW) and laser beam welding (LBW) modeling

2007-2009

Biopelvic

Study of Female Pelvic Floor Disorders

2007-2010

Optic-Algae

Hybrid photobioreactors containing microstructured optical fibres for operations with microalgae

2007-2010

SmartBio

HIP Femoral Prosthesis for in vivo loosening data acqusition

2007-2010

NextGenPCF

Next Generation Photonic Crystal Fibres

2006-2009

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Laboratories

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Publications

CAP Publications

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2021

Experimental investigation of a strain gauge sensor based on Fiber Bragg Grating for diameter measurement

Authors
Cardoso, VHR; Caldas, P; Giraldi, MTR; Frazao, O; de Carvalho, CJR; Costa, JCWA; Santos, JL;

Publication
Optical Fiber Technology

Abstract
A strain gauge sensor based on Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) for diameter measurement is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor is easily fabricated inserting the FBG on the strain gauge—it was fabricated using a 3D printer—and fixing the FBG in two points of this structure. The idea is to vary the diameter of the structure. We developed two experimental setups, the first one is used to evaluate the response of the FBG to strain and the second one to assess the possibility of using the structure developed to monitor the desired parameter. The results demonstrated that the structure can be used as a way to monitor the diameter variation in some applications. The sensor presented a sensitivity of 0.5361 nm/mm and a good linear response of 0.9976 using the Strain Gauge with FBG and fused taper. © 2020 Elsevier Inc.

2021

Development of a Long Period Fiber Grating Interrogation System Using A Multimode Laser Diode

Authors
Silva, LH; Santos, P; Coelho, LCC; Jorge, P; Baptista, JM;

Publication
Sensors

Abstract
Optical fiber gratings have long shown their sensing capabilities. One of the main challenges, however, is the interrogation method applied, since typical systems tend to use broadband light sources with optical spectrum analyzers, laser scanning units or CCD (Charged Coupled Device) spectrometers. The following paper presents the development of an interrogation system, which explores the temperature response of a multimode laser diode, in order to interrogate long period fiber gratings. By performing a spectral sweep along one of its rejection bands, a discrete attenuation spectrum is created. Through a curve fitting technique, the original spectrum is restored. The built unit, while presenting a substantially reduced cost compared with typical interrogation systems, is capable of interrogating along a 10 nm window with measurement errors reaching minimum values as low as 0.4 nm, regarding the grating central wavelength, and 0.4 dB for its attenuation. Given its low cost and reduced dimensions, the developed system shows potential for slow-changing field applications.

2021

Biosensors for Biogenic Amines: A Review

Authors
Vasconcelos, H; Coelho, LCC; Matias, A; Saraiva, C; Jorge, PAS; de Almeida, JMMM;

Publication
Biosensors

Abstract
Biogenic amines (BAs) are well-known biomolecules, mostly for their toxic and carcinogenic effects. Commonly, they are used as an indicator of quality preservation in food and beverages since their presence in higher concentrations is associated with poor quality. With respect to BA’s metabolic pathways, time plays a crucial factor in their formation. They are mainly formed by microbial decarboxylation of amino acids, which is closely related to food deterioration, therefore, making them unfit for human consumption. Pathogenic microorganisms grow in food without any noticeable change in odor, appearance, or taste, thus, they can reach toxic concentrations. The present review provides an overview of the most recent literature on BAs with special emphasis on food matrixes, including a description of the typical BA assay formats, along with its general structure, according to the biorecognition elements used (enzymes, nucleic acids, whole cells, and antibodies). The extensive and significant amount of research that has been done to the investigation of biorecognition elements, transducers, and their integration in biosensors, over the years has been reviewed.

2021

Effect of low-doses of gamma radiation on electric arc-induced long period fiber gratings

Authors
Mesonero Santos, P; Fernandez Medina, A; Coelho, LCC; Viveiros, D; Jorge, PA; Belenguer, T; Heredero, RL;

Publication
Sensors

Abstract
This work presents an experimental study on the effects of gamma radiation on Long Period Fiber Gratings (LPFGs) in a low-dose test campaign to evaluate their eventual degradation. The study was carried out with standard single-mode fibers where the grating was inscribed using the Electric-Arc Discharge (EAD) technique. Before the gamma campaign, a detailed optical characterization was performed with repeatability tests to verify the accuracy of the setup and the associated error sources. The gamma-induced changes up to a dose of 200 krad and the recovery after radiation were monitored with the Dip Wavelength Shift (DWS). The results show that the gamma sensitivity for a total dose of 200 krad is 11 pm/krad and a total DWS of 2.3 nm has been observed with no linear dependence. Post-radiation study shows that recovery from radiation-induced wavelength shift is nearly complete in about 4000 h. Experimental results show that the changes suffered under gamma irradiation of these LPFGs are temporary making them a good choice as sensors in space applications. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

2021

Nano-Displacement Measurement Using an Optical Drop-Shaped Structure

Authors
Robalinho, P; Frazao, O;

Publication
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters

Abstract

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2020

Development of a hybrid CO2 monitoring system using spectral characteristics of a sensitive chemical membrane

Author
Nuno Alexandre Pereira Mendes

Institution
INESCTEC

2020

Development of cost-effective monitoring systems for chemical water contamination using nanoparticle coated optical fibre sensors

Author
Paulo Sérgio Soares dos Santos

Institution
INESCTEC

2020

Development of differential optrodes for highly sensitive and reliable chemical sensing

Author
João Pedro Sampaio Mendes

Institution
UP-FCUP

2020

Fiber Laser Plasma Spectroscopy for Real-Time

Author
Miguel Fernandes Soares Ferreira

Institution
UP-FCUP

2020

Optimization of LaserInduced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for application in the cork industry

Author
Hugo Azevedo Veloso

Institution
UP-FCUP

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