Cristina Massoller, a researcher in the Nonlinear Dynamics, Nonlinear Optics and Lasers (DONLL) research group at the UPC and Meritxell Vilaseca, from the Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) are coordinating BE-OPTICAL. This is a European project to develop new optical and photonic technologies that can obtain images beyond the barrier of the wavelength of light, which is a completely new technique. The technologies could be used to design effective clinical instruments for the early, accurate diagnosis of heart disease (by generating high resolution images to replace the current techniques of electrical impulses), and eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and other retinal disorders. Experimental tests in the field of sight will be carried out at the Barcelona Institute of Ocular Microsurgery and the Davalor Research Center, in Terrassa. At the Max Planck Institute in Germany, in vivo studies will focus on heart observation techniques in mice.
BE-OPTICAL has a budget of 3.4 million euros and participants belong to eight research centres, universities and companies in five European countries.