Images and spectra are collected from samples to yield fundamental properties of materials. The sources of these signals are diverse, and require special detection and interpretation systems.
At IMT we develop microscale components and systems to facilitate the noninvasive and none-destructive acquisition of highly resolved data from composite and structural material as well as from biologically relevant samples. In the interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter, a range of phenomena yield information about the interiour, such as absorption, phase, dark field contrast, but also through the interaction with molecular degrees of freedom such as spin or rotation. Imaging and spectroscopy at the microscale require exquisitely accurate microcomponents, such as X-ray and visible light optical elements in the form of microlenses and gratings, or microscale NMR and ESR detectors, and the co-integration with system functions, microfluidics, and electronics.