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CAPPA-Advanced Phototonics & process Analysis



The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis or CAPPA is an industry-led applied research group working in the fields of optics and photonics. The centre, which commenced work in July 2008 and was officially launched in October 2008, is funded by Enterprise Ireland's Applied Research Enhancement Programme.

CAPPA works closely with the CIT's Photonic Device Dynamics Group, which carries out fundamental research on photonic devices, while actively engaging directly with industrial partners.

The centre also has strong links with the photonics research at Tyndall National Institute through the CIT@Tyndall initiative.

Given the regional industrial profile and its needs, the target sectors for CAPPA include medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronics and naturally photonics itself. However, with such a wide range of process analysis applications requiring optically based technologies, CAPPA can also support many other manufacturing and design sectors.

To support these applications and technologies the centre's key work strands are:

  • Spectroscopy
  • Advanced imaging
  • Optical design

Examples of areas where CAPPA can support and assist industry include:

  • detection of molecules or contaminants
  • Spectral imaging of compounds & mixtures
  • Design & simulation of optical devices
  • Advanced optical imaging & characterisation
  • Microscopic measurements of devices, components & product

For further information on CAPPA:


Phone: +353 21 4335338