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The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA)

Upper organisation
Munster Technological University
Research Center

CREATE Building, Munster Technological University
Co. Cork


The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) is a research group of Munster Technological University. CAPPA works in the area of photonics, the generation and manipulation of light, and is an important enabling technology for a wide range of applications. CAPPA is at the forefront of photonics research in Ireland, conducting both applied and fundamental research on photonics for applications in areas as diverse as telecommunications, medical devices, food and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Technology solutions provided include spectroscopy, imaging, microscopy, sensing & detection, process monitoring and nanophotonics/semiconductor device design and fabrication.

CAPPA’s activities focus on bringing the benefits of photonics technology to a diverse range of industry partners. The collaboration with industry is driven through the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway, with a specific remit to provide photonics solutions to regional industry, and hence CAPPA have a strong track record of engagement with companies. This higher-TRL activity is backed up by world-leading academic research in areas such as silicon photonics and materials characterisation, as well as international collaboration in EU H2020 and Horizon Europe projects.

While early collaborations with industry centred on our core background strengths in photonic materials and devices, and consequently were primarily in the photonics sector, these have since expanded. CAPPA’s work with industry now focuses on a wide variety of sectors including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronics and food technology, while consolidating our interaction with the photonics sector. With photonics now positioned as a key enabling technology, there is scope for CAPPA to bring value to a wide range of manufacturing and product design sectors outside of those identified above.

The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA)

The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA)

Contact Person
Liam Lewis
Centre Manager
  • Hitachi S 3700 N – SEM
  • Oxford Instruments X Max – EDX
  • Shimadzu UV1800 – UV Vis Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer – Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer – Spectrum 400 ATR/ NIRA Mid and NIR
  • Thermo Scientific iN10 – FTIR microscope
  • Beam characterization suite
  • Steady – state fluorescence microscope
  • NKT high power supercontinuum laser source
  • Andor high resolution vis – SWIR spectrometer
  • Leica M165 stero inspection microscope
  • HySpex – Visible Imaging Camera
  • HySpex – SWIR Hyperspectral Imaging Camera
  • Spero – QT – IR chemical imaging microscope
  • Witec Alpha R Microscope – Raman confocal microscope
  • Horiba Xplora – Raman confocal microscope
  • Ultimaker 3 - 3D Printer
  • Research
    • Optical fibre communications
    • Internet, BIM networks
    • Semiconductor light sources
    • Dynamics of complex systems
  • Process Improvement
    • Applied spectroscopy for process control
    • Advanced inspection techniques
    • Analysis of product and processes
  • Product Development
    • Prototype development
    • New semiconductor materials and devices
    • Optical test equipment
    • Illumination for industrial applications
  • Consultancy
    • Wide array of contract services
    • Imaging
    • Analysis
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