About Institute of Optoelectronics

The Institute of Optoelectronics (IOE) is the research institute with faculty status within the Military University of Technology. Its work is focused on scientific research and education in the fields of optoelectronics and photonic technologies. The principal mission of the IOE is research and development related to defense and security needs defined by the Ministry of National Defense (MoD). IOE activities include a wide range of undertakings, ranging from basic scientific investigations, development of laboratory models and technology demonstrators, to testing prototypes. The remarkable professional competence and experience of the staff at the IOE enables an interdisciplinary approach towards research tasks and development projects. The IOE conducts scientific research in the following areas:

  • Solid-state lasers
  • High-power laser systems
  • Laser optics and electronics
  • Laser-driven X-ray and EUV sources
  • Laser–matter interaction and laser-assisted material processing
  • LIDAR systems
  • Optical and optoelectronic technologies
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Optical and optoelectronic metrology
  • Nanotechnologies and plasmonics
  • Infrared technology and thermal imaging
  • THz physics and technology
  • Fiber-optic techniques
  • Optoelectronic systems for defense and security
  • Biotechnology, biochemistry and biomedical engineering

For many reasons, 2013 was an important year for the IOE. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education completed an evaluation and categorization of academic and R+D institutions, which included assessment of research and development achievements for last 4 years. The IOE remained in the A category, (6th place among 44 scientific institutions in the discipline of electronics in Poland). There has also been an addition to the structure of IOE, with the founding of the Biomedical Engineering Center, which serves to accomplish its own objectives and tasks as well as to support the Polish nation-wide Claster CIBio.

The year 2013 has also seen the launching of the 10-year Program of Technical Modernization of Armed Forces of Poland. To date, the IOE has made substantial contributions to the modernization programs established by MoD. Several defense programs currently operate with substantive participation of the IOE, including the National Air Defense System (including the anti-aircraft MANPADS missiles GROM and PIORUN, and the middle-range missile system WISŁA) and the advanced future soldier ordnance program TYTAN. IOE participation in defense programs has significantly widened and tightened our collaboration with Polish research centers and the defense industry. Another very important part of IOE activity is international collaboration. Over recent years, we have acquired considerable financial support from the EU for laboratory modernization.

We have also participated in numerous scientific collaboration programs managed by the EU, EDA, and NATO. For many years, we have had close relations with several scientific groups worldwide, in the framework of bilateral collaboration agreements.

The research work of the IOE has been always accompanied by the activities in the field of education. For several years, IOE employees have taught on the various faculties of the Military University of Technology. Since 2010, we have run the 2nd stage studies in optoelectronic systems and lasers. We consider the training, education, and scientific promotion of young employees to be of great importance. During 2013, 34 employees of IOE were engaged in Ph.D. studies. Other employees have also participated as lecturers, tutors, and supervisors of Ph.D. studies conducted at MUT faculties. Furthermore, for last two years, we have educated several foreign Ph.D. students within the framework of international program ERASMUS-MUNDUS.

Over recent years, the laboratory infrastructure of the IOE has seen considerable development as a result of successive investments and realizations of several projects and programs including the largest program: “Optolab - base expansion laboratory of the Institute of Optoelectronics, Military University of Technology”. As a result, OPTOLAB - laboratory complex which consists of 6 fully equipped optoelectronic laboratories has been organized and run in 2013. The main objectives of OPTOLAB are as follows:

  • development of knowledge in the areas of photonic technologies including generation, detection and application of optical radiation,
  • building research capacity, which will allow conducting high-quality research in the field of modern optoelectronic technology based on knowledge,
  • extension of national and international scientific collaboration.