DEVELOPMENT

Our goal is to construct a high-end state of the art instrumentation for our researchers. Our development team is engaged in Mechanics, Optics, Electronics, and Software.  

Optics

We are focused on the optical design of laser optics, imaging systems, and spectroscopic systems. For the design of individual systems numerical calculations and computer simulations (e.g. in Zemax sw) are used. We test and use a variety of different types of lenses, mirrors, lasers, spectrometers, and other equipment from established manufacturers (LTB, Ocean Insight, Litron, Quantel, etc.). All these particular parts are combined together into the whole optical system with the most appropriate parameters for given application.

Mechanics and electronics

We design from prototypes for the real-world instruments. Our team develops fine optomechanical and mechatronic systems and designs the vacuum systems for laser spectroscopy. 

We are developing and build the electronics equipment for LIBS device control based on modern technology according to Worldwide Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations. The current state of the art of electronic development is based on more than 20 years of experience.​

Software for system control and data processing

In order to effectively control many different devices in a heterogeneous environment, we have developed an abstract communication layer called Software-Defined Devices. It allows us to abstract away any hardware specifics. ARM, AMD64, with or without Operating System, single sensor or complex device, we can control it through SDDS. Built on top of this, we are developing software synchronizing all these devices to perform various experiments.

Our LIBS systems produce a huge amount of data and writing scripts in R, Matlab or Python for data processing is not fast enough. We went down to the metal to get the best performance. All the computation of our LIBSAnalyzer is multithreaded and optimized offering more than a hundred-fold speed improvement in creating detailed chemical maps over other methods.

Lightigo 

Lightigo s.r.o. is a start-up company focused on the commercialization of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and related analytical instruments. It was founded in August 2019 by the researchers and hardware developers who have long-term experience with the R&D in the field of LIBS.

Read more about Lightigo here.