Contract R&D

Optical tableApplied Photonics Ltd offers a full contract R&D service including:

  • Experimental investigations (see our Laboratory Facilities)
  • Feasibility studies
  • Literature reviews and paper studies
  • Prototype design, development and manufacture (see our Design & Build Services)
  • Field trials of prototype instruments, devices and systems

Our team of physicists and engineers have extensive experience of industrial R&D work, particularly in our core competency area of industrial applications of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) but also in other areas such as:

  • Laser spectroscopic analysis of materials (Raman, fluorescence)
  • Laser cleaning / decontamination of surfaces
  • Fibre-optic transmission of Q-switched Nd:YAG laser radiation
  • Design and manufacture of customised instruments and devices (custom-built products)
  • Software development (LabVIEW™)

Previous examples of contract R&D work we have conducted for our customers are as follows:

  • Design, manufacture and deployment of a LIBS instrument for determining the elemental composition of reactor components (Application Note 001 )
  • Design, manufacture and deployment of a fibre-optic probe Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy (LIFS) instrument for the detection of uranyl nitrate within highly-radioactive waste
  • Design and manufacture of a fibre-optic Raman instrument (custom-built products)
  • Design and manufacture of a heating / cooling / stirring device for use in a radioactive hot cell (custom-built products)
  • An experimental investigation into the use of LIBS for rapid analysis and identification of scrap metals
  • An experimental investigation into the use of LIBS to remotely determine the composition of liquid metals
  • A literature survey on available and emerging technologies for remote temperature measurements
  • An experimental investigation to assess the feasibility of fibre-optic laser cleaning of copper conductors within a nuclear power station turbine generator

We offer highly-competitive manpower rates for contract R&D. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.