Acoustical and Optical Technology Laboratory


(member of the Centre for Plasma Physics & Lasers of the T.E.I. of Crete)

The Acoustical and Optical Technology Laboratory aims to organize, in the best possible way, the education and training of students of the Department of Music Technology & Acoustics Engineering (and of the T.E.I. of Crete, in general) in a variety of courses of the Department’s curriculum (such as Wave Physics, Mathematics, Applied Acoustics etc.). The Acoustical and Optical Technology Laboratory has under its supervision three undergraduate laboratories, while it also supports undergraduate students towards their final year project and internship (job placement).

The Laboratory pursues high quality research in the broader fields of Acoustics and Optical Technology, with strong collaborations with other Universities and research institutes in Greece and abroad, while contributing actively to social progress through the development of applications that benefit the local community. Its research activities include the dynamic 3D optical imaging of mechanical vibrations at a micro- and nanoscopic level, the generation and study of high-frequency ultrasonic waves and strain waves in layered nanostructures using ultrafast lasers and related techniques, the remote sensing and sound detection with lasers, as well as the study of the mechanism of sound production in humans and the effect of sound in humans and other living species.

The Acoustical and Optical Technology Laboratory is a member of the Centre for Plasma Physics & Lasers (CPPL) of the T.E.I. of Crete. CPPL integrates the activities and infrastructure of three different Laboratories of the T.E.I. of Crete (Laboratory of Optoelectronics, Lasers & Plasma Technology, Laboratory of Acoustical and Optical Technology, and Design & Manufacturing Laboratory) in its newly built, state-of-the-art facilities in the city of Rethymnon, Crete. The building facilities are purposely designed and built to host CPPL’s infrastructure and laser systems: special care was taken for anti-vibration laboratory floors, completely isolated by the side walls and the rest of the building structure. Dedicated electro-mechanichal devices ensure stable temperature and humidity conditions throughout the year, as well high indoor pressure for the achievement of dust free environment. The personnel of CPPL consists of around 30 academics, postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate students and technicians, with great expertise in optoacoustics and laser ultrasonics, laser-matter interaction, laser- and pulsed power-generated plasmas and diagnostics, and FEM- and PIC-code simulations. During the past years the Centre has attracted funding in excess of 6M€ through national and EU-funded research programmes. CPPL pursuits scientific and technological innovation with emphasis in laser-based research, encouraging interdisciplinarity. The laser facilities of CPPL include state-of-the-art pulsed laser systems, with pulse durations ranging from ns down to few fs. Furthermore, CPPL hosts a powerful Ti:Sapphire-based CPA amplifier TW-class, state-of-the-art laser system (45TW, 25fs).