Facilities / LAB

Facilities / Lab

Applied Photonics Research Laboratory

Applied Photonics Research Laboratory

This contains a wide variety of facilities for different types of characterizations of both passive and active POFs (attenuation and bandwidth measurements, misalignments losses, fluorescence emissions…).

  • Raman microscope (Renishaw inVia)
  • Femtosecond pulse width laser (Spectra Physics Mai Tai HP)
  • Nanosecond Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (EKSPLA NL30HL)
  • Broadband light source (Energetiq LDLS)
  • Dye laser (Spectra physics Duo220)
  • Ultrafast Streak Camera (Hamamatsu)
  • Pulse selector (Spectra physics 3980)
  • Frequency doubling unit (Radiantis Inspire Blue)
  • UV-Vis Spectrophotometer (Agilent/Varian Cary 50)
  • 4 optical tables (1800mm x 1200mm)
  • Vibration-controlled optical table (3000mm x 1500mm)
  • Spectrometers (Ocean USB4000 and Avantes AvaSpec 2048)
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Microscopes

Fiber Drawing Facility

Fiber Drawing Facility

Fibre Drawing Facility houses a state-of-the-art manufacturing tower for conventional optical fibres and photonic crystal fibres.

This facility is located outside of Faculty of Engineering, Bilbao.

Fiber Drawing Facility Address

Faculty of Science and Technology
Nave Feder / Feder nabea
Barrio Sarriena s/n
48940 Leioa - Bizkaia

Optical Communications Laboratory

Optical Communications Laboratory

The core course Optical Communications II is taught in this laboratory, in which undergraduates receive a global view of the main measurement techniques used in Optical Communications and they complete the knowledge acquired in the course Optical Communications I.

Students learn aspects like:

  • Characterization of a fiber link using an OTDR
  • Power measurements and characterization of passive elements.
  • Measurement of interesting parameters in multimode fibers
  • Laser diode characterization
  • Michelson interferometer and polarization of plane waves
  • Propagation in plane guides
  • WDM communication systems

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Research on the use of spectroscopy and complementary technologies in detecting phytosanitary products in situ in whole olives.

Main objective

Investigate the application of spectroscopy and electronic nose technologies for the detection of phytosanitary products in whole olives in situ in order to ensure compliance with regulatory limits for these compounds in olive oils and perform real-time monitoring of the production process that allows rapid identification of problems and immediate action related to the presence of contaminants, helping to reduce waste and improving the efficiency and quality control of olive oils, as well as performing an appropriate classification of the fruit, before milling, to achieve "zero residue" oils, which are highly valued by today's consumers.

Specific objectives

The specific technical objectives carried out in the Applied Photonics Group are: 

  • Raman
  1. Optimize Raman spectra acquisition parameters to improve the resolution and accuracy of the results (maximize the signal-to-noise ratio). 
  2. Identify and quantify the concentration of specific phytosanitary products in the samples.
  3. Develop multivariate models for classifying different varieties of phytosanitary products and examining their evolution over time.
  4. To evaluate the sensitivity and selectivity of the technique in comparison with other existing analytical techniques.
  5. Validate the results obtained by means of cross-validation techniques and comparison with reference values.

Expected outcomes

  1. A real-time olive classification system is based on the presence of contaminants.
  2. Promotion of the health properties of olive oil as a sales argument for these products. 
  3. Improvement of olive oil export channels through better compliance with restrictive regulations on the presence of phytosanitary residues in olive oil. 
  4. Improvement of the competitiveness of the olive oil sector and the associated auxiliary industry. 
  5. Promotion in the agro-industrial sector of sensor technologies aligned with Industry 4.0.


  • INOLEO (Coordinator)


From 05/2023 to 04/2024


308,010 €

Grant program

Support grants for Innovative Business Groups to improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies and the call for applications for 2023, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.


Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MINCOTUR).