The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), in response to its commitment to technology transfer to society, has created IACTec, the IAC's technological-business collaborative space. The present action will provide the IACTec building with an opto-electronic laboratory that, together with the photonics and opto-mechanical laboratories, will form a unique integrated laboratory in Spain focused on three R & D + i lines with high transfer potential:
- IACTec Medical Technology (use of the image applied to medicine),
- IACTec Space (instruments for scientific observation of the Earth from space and stratosphere, and optical communications)
- IACTec Large Telescopes (which will consolidate the leadership of Spain in the construction of the largest scientific telescopes in the world).
Its use will be shared by the technology-based companies that are housed in the IACTec building under an agreement or contract for the equipment, exclusively for R & D & I tasks aligned with the objectives of IACTec.
For this, equipment and the advanced instrumentation necessary to be able to carry out the development and characterization of opto-electronic systems in the specific operating conditions associated with each of the lines of work, as well as an earth station to be able to carry out the operation and monitoring of the instruments and telescopes placed in orbit.
The LIFEM laboratory (Laboratory for Integrated Photonics, Opto-Electronics and Opto-Mechanics Fotonics) will provide IACTEC new headquarters with the technical infrastructure required to support strategic R&D activities. LIFEM will be equipped thanks to the fundings provided to IAC by : the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades via the