The Spin and Photon Applications Lab (SPA Lab) in the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was established in May 2015. SPA is an interdisciplinary research group developing application-driven technologies for miniaturized imaging and spectroscopy solutions based on photonics and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).
The miniaturization of NMR detectors allows for a superior signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and is particularly useful when analysing “small” samples (typically less than 1 µl). We have a portfolio of microstructured NMR detectors adapted to a variety of volume- and mass-limited samples, both in solid and liquid state. This allows us to address various applications ranging from chemistry and biology, to energy storage materials and devices.
In terms of optical imaging and spectroscopy, our research is focused to provide end-user integrated solutions for daily life applications. The main thrust here is represented by our efforts to develop a miniaturised, smartphone-integrated camera for hyperspectral imaging.
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