Five CEFOP researches receive Fondecyt funding in 2015

2015 started with excellent news for Center for Optics and Photonics, CEFOP, of Universidad de Concepción, because five researches conducted in our laboratories received confirmation that they will access to the funding from the Regular Fondecyt program for Projects, statewide initiative that funds scientific or technological projects, leading to new knowledge and research applications.

Dr. Miguel Figueroa, leads the initiative “Reconfigurable computing systems for smart infrared cameras” (Project 1151278) initiative to develop an intelligent infrared camera (SmIRC), integrating DVD infrared images, a specialized processor, with communication interfaces and local display. The processor is the kernel, which features architecture that combines traditional embedded processors and reconfigurable computing engine to achieve high performance with low power consumption and in a compact device.

2Another example is the research “Study and development of a multifunctional optical microscope platform with programmable optical trapping, fourier filtering and polarimetric imaging modules, by designing optimal phase diffractive optical elements Implemented With SLMs” (Project 1151290), led by Dr. Asticio Vargas from Universidad de La Frontera. This project objective, lasting three years to study and develop diffractive phase elements under optimal design methodologies for optical trapping, was to develop a fully programmable platform that includes an optical microscopy programmable filter and a compact fourier polarimetry system image, to allow incorporation into an optical trapping system.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rodrigo Vicencio, from Universidad de Chile, develops the research “Propagation of light in flat bands photonic networks ” (Project 1151444). “Through theoretical, numerical and experimental efforts we plan to study different configurations to help us to better characterize various non-conventional photonic crystals, presenting flat bands in its linear range. These flat strips give rise to a set of highly degenerate spatially localized states, which may combine and form patterns / complex images that are transmitted without diffraction. We want to continue learning about wave propagation in periodic systems and propose new mechanisms of optical control”, says the researcher.

“Gunshot residues analysis by atomic spectrometry (laser induced breakdown spectrometry, LIBS), fourier-transform infrared phoacoustic spectrometry (FTIR-PAS) and chemometric methods for Improving analytical assessment in forensic chemistry” (Project 1151296) is the name of the research conducted by CEFOP members, Dr. Jorge Yáñez and Dr. Renato Saavedra, besides Dr. David Contreras, from Faculty of Chemistry, from Universidad de Concepción. This is to develop a highly efficient technological solution for forensic examinations of gunshot and explosives residues, through new methods such as laser emission spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy induced photoacoustic detection to generate a “chemical fingerprint” of each ammo or explosive, providing greater quantity and quality of forensic information, using significantly less expensive and faster methods than currently used technology. This project will expand and strengthen scientific collaboration of six years in the forensic area, between CEFOP and Chemistry Faculty.

Meanwhile, Dr. Guilherme Xavier, is in charge of the investigation called “Device-independent quantum Compatible With optical fiber communications networks” (Project 1150101), which aims to develop a platform for secure communication systems based on quantum entanglement in experiments compatible with commercial optical communication systems. The project develops new techniques to optimize the transmission of a genuine energy-time entanglement. With these funds, the experimental CEFOP quantum communications capacity will be improved through optical fibers.

All these projects were selected to get this funding, in consideration to their its intrinsic quality and merit of applicants on their basis irrespective of areas, institutional origin or gender, to assessment items such as Quality of the proposal, potential impact and Scientific novelty , Viability and Responsible Researcher Productivity. The formal start of these funds implementation is set for March 15.

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