A short history

Based upon earlier theoretical and experimental works on light scattering by amorphous materials (glasses, silica) and by inhomogeneous objects, a first research was implemented to apply optical processing for the determination of optical properties of biological cells. Two laboratories were built up for image treatment, information processing and holography. In parallel, theoretical work on scattering of light by periodic gratings and by optical waveguides was developed. Models for energy transfer in absorbing and birefringent optical waveguides were obtained and applied to optical photoreceptors. Meanwhile, theoretical and experimental studies were done for periodic gratings and applications to volume holographic gratings and holographic couplers. A third laboratory in holography was set up. In 1993 the Interdisciplinary Group for Bio-Optics Research (GIBO-UCM) was created. During these last period extension of the work in holography and optical processing has resulted in the development of a new holographic material, a photopolymerisable glass with diffraction efficiency near 100%. Image processing has been extended to various purposes such as visual performance and influence of image degradation. In 1998 new researchers have been attached to the group providing new insights in optical signal processing and in new optical materials for signal processing.

Since 2010, GICO-UCM is an Research Group of the EU International Campus of Excellence at UCM. GICO-UCM participates in the groups for: Materials for the Future and Innovative Medicine.

 

Resarch projects since 2000

Funding by Ministerio de Ciencia y Innovación

  • 2012-14 Diseño, caracterización y aplicaciones de tecnologías hol ográficas con implementación en vidrios fotopolimerizables
  • 2009-11 Dispositivos optrónicos holográficos implementados en vidrios fotopolímeros con alta modulación de índice de refracción y aplicaciones
  • 2005-08 Nuevos dispositivos optrónicos basados en fotomateriales de aglomerados de nanocompuestos para  aplicaciones a microelectrónica de comunicaciones y computación óptica 
  • 2002-05 Nuevos materiales para memorias holográficas y computación óptica

PhD thesis  since 2000

  • José A. Rodrigo received Prize for Outstanding  PhD thesis of 2008 in Faculty of Physics of the Complutense University of Madrid. The title of the thesis is "First-order optical systems in information processing and optronic devices" and can be found in this linkCo-directors: T. Alieva and M.L. Calvo.
  • Ana Manzanares Ituarte, “Métodos híbridos de procesado de la información de imágenes de bordes: algunas aplicaciones / Hybrid methods for Edge Imaging Processing of Information: some applications", year 2001, Co-Directors: M. L. Calvo and M. Chevalier. A summary of this thesis (in Spanish) can be found in:
    http://www.cibernetia.com/tesis_es/FISICA/OPTICA/TRATAMIENTO_DIGITAL_DE_IMAGENES/2
  • Aitor Villafranca Velasco received Prize for Outstanding  PhD thesis of 2013 in Faculty of Physics of the Complutense University of Madrid. PhD thesis: New optronic devices based upon sol-gel and upon silicon. Co-directors: M.L. Calvo and P. ChebenPresented July 1, 2013, maximum qualification, Faculty of Physics, Complutense University of Madrid.
  • Alejando Cámara Iglesias, PhD thesis: Optical Beam Characterization via Phase-Space Tomography. Co-directors: T. Alieva and M.L. CalvoPresented September 12, 2014, maximum qualification, Faculty of Physics, Complutense University of Madrid. Recognizing Outstanding Ph.D. Research by Springer
Master thesis    since 2000 
  • Alejando Cámara, Reconstrucción de la Distribución de Wigner de Haces Ópticos. Tutor: T. Alieva. 2009.
  • Lorena Chanes, Simulación de efectos de fase en imágenes con rayos X. Tutors: T. Alieva and M. Chevalier, 2009.
  • Antonio Caravaca-Aguirre, Generalización y applicación de haces rotatorios. Tutor: T. Alieva, 2010. 
  • Aitor Villafranca Velasco, Síntesis y caracterización de vidrios fotopolimerizables incorporando especies de alto índice de refracción y líquido iónico/ Synthesis and characterization of photopolymerizable glasses incorporating high refractive index species and ionic liquid , Tutor: M. L. Calvo, 2011.
  • Elena Alonso Redondo, Medida de la función de transferencia de modulación MTF de un sistema óptico y estudio del efecto del tamaño finito de la pupila: algunas consideraciones acerca del efecto pupilar del ojo humano/ Experimental determination of MTF in optical system and study of finite pupil size: some considerations on the human eye pupil, Tutor: M. L. Calvo. July 2013

 

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