CAPPA has a close relationship with University College Cork’s Tyndall National Institute, through the MTU@Tyndall partnership. This allows a number of CAPPA personnel to be located within the Tyndall facilities in the Lee Maltings complex in Cork city centre, and for CAPPA to maintain three labs in Tyndall. CAPPA forms a group within the Tyndall Photonics Centre; this group is called CAPPA@Tyndall, but was previously known as the Photonic Device Dynamics group. CAPPA has had a presence in Tyndall since 2008.

In Tyndall, CAPPA occupies three state-of-the-art labs, and major research strands include non-linear dynamics of lasers and ultrafast laser physics, nanophotonics and the understanding of the dynamics of novel semiconductor materials and devices.
Current research activities of CAPPA@Tyndall include:

  • Swept source lasers for Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Optical characterisation of semiconductor materials and devices (including ultrafast spectroscopy techniques such as Time-Resolved Photoluminescence and Pump-Probe Spectroscopy)
  • Design and implementation of photonic sensors, e.g. for medical device and process monitoring applications
  • Silicon nanophotonics and photonics crystals


Munster Technological University and Tyndall National Institute have a long history of collaboration, which goes back well over two decades. The early collaborations were mostly on a peer-to-peer basis, but as the research activity of both institutions grew and matured, it became clear that the full advantage of collaborations could only be achieved through closer cooperation. Hence, a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was established between Tyndall and MTU, which was officially launched in September 2008. CAPPA accounts for the majority of MTU researchers based on-site in Tyndall, where their activities are part of Tyndall’s Photonics Centre. The group maintains three state-of-the-art labs and office space in Tyndall, and collaborates closely with Tyndall on major projects such as the IPIC research centre and the PROPHET EU Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Network.