Institute for Optoelectronic Systems and Microtechnology
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


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  R&D activities at ISOM-UPM could be divided in the following main areas (Click to see a detailed descrption)
Optical Sensors Systems Components for Optical Communications
Magnetic sensor systems Electronic components for Communications
Magnetic Microsystems Integrated Optical Microsystems
Microsystems and Nanotechnology Non-metallic materials simulation

Optical Sensors Systems
A) UV photo-detection systems
  • UV-B solar radiation monitoring systems
  • Contaminants and ozone detection systems based on LED's laser diodes and UV detectors. Environmental Applicatios and clean water quality control
  • Fire detection systems from UV emissions; integration with high temperature electronic components. Combustion control by flame spectroscopy
  • UV imaging in Astrophysics
B) Infrared photo-detection systems
  • High sensitivity and multispectral response detectors. AlGaAs/InGaAs quantum well and dot (QWIP’s) technology
  • Multispectral integration. Associated electronics
  • Environmental related IR detection
Magnetic sensor systems
  • Magnetometric sensors for low magnetic field measurements: fluxgates, piezoelectric magnetostrictive, magnetoresistive and magnetooptic sensors
  • Multisensors
    • Vehicle detection applications
    • Ground airplane control and guiding
    • Applications to monitoring large battery complexes
  • Planar devices. Applications to planar inductors for commuting sources and antenas
  • Low frequency intelligent cards with magnetic sensors
Magnetic Microsystems
  • Magnetic multilayer structures. Application to sensor production and spintronics
  • Layered systems for magnetic anisotropy induction. Application to "ad hoc" material design
  • Nanodots and magnetic MEMS. Application to sensors and magnetic recording
Integrated Optical Microsystems
  • Optical biosensors integrated in a chip (Lab-on-a-chip)
  • Integrated optical sensors based on novel materials
  • Ultra-high sensitivity nanomechanical optical sensors
Components for Optical Communications
  • Medium-power lasers from 0.9 to 1.3 µm (InGaAs/GaAs) and 1.3 to 1.55 µm (InGaAsN). Applications to optical amplification, pumping and communications with optical fibres
  • High-speed and high-contrast modulators. Devices grown on substrates with non-conventional orientations (GaAs (111))
  • Resonant cavity emitters (LED, 510-570 nm) for transmisión through plastic optical fibres (POF)
Electronic components for Communications
  • Group III Nitride-based HEMT's (AlGaN/GaN). Microwave applications (X-Band and L-Band). Development of manufacturing technology. Noise characteristics. Carrier transport properties. Piezoelectric effects.
  • Circuit applications
  • Acoustic surface wave (SAW) filters for RF (< 3 GHz) based on AlGaN.
Microsystems and Nanotechnology
  • Opto- and Electro-mechanical systems, MEMS and MOEMS. Optical detection modulation with piezoelectric devices
  • Physical, chemical and biological sensors (optical, piezoelectric, electrochemical). Polymer deposition
  • Nanoparticles, nanostructures and nanodevices
  • Atomic Force Microscope and Electron Beam Lithography
Non-metallic materials simulation
  • Non-metallic materials and complex fluid simulation
  • Molecular dynamics methodology and advanced Monte Carlo techniques
  • Adsorption and nanostructured materials
  • "Single-molecule" sensors for biomolecules (proteins, toxins)
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