• Complex systems and software engineering
  • Mobility and transport

DOTA - Optics and Associated Techniques

Research unit


The Department of Optics and Associated Techniques (DOTA) has for mission to carry out studies and researches related to the use of the optical field (electromagnetic waves included between the average Ultraviolet (200nm) and the field of THz (1 THz - 300 microns) and to control the overall optical chain.

Thematics :
- optoelectronics: photodetection and nanophotonics,
- environment and signatures for optronic sensors,
- fiber laser, lidar and 3D imagers,
- active and passive remote sensing,
- adaptive optics,
- optical sensors and hyperspectral imagers.



Innovation themes

Map and access

Chemin de la Hunière
BP 80100

Our research areas


- design and optimization of optical instruments for spectroscopy and imaging
- electro-optical characterization and analysis of detectors
- characterization and modeling of optical propagation through atmospheric turbulence
- development of new imaging systems
- characterization and optical diagnostic of diffusing environment
- embedded Laser and Lidar
- multispectral and hyperspectral imaging
- modeling of signature of airborne targets
- modeling of transfer phenomena in heterogeneous environment
- performance evaluation of optronic systems
- modeling the IR and visible signature of aircraft and targets outside the atmosphere

Applications sectors

  • IT / software
  • Networks / Telecom
  • Other business
  • Energy
  • Defence
  • Health / wellness
  • Aeronautics / Aerospace
  • Automotive industry
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Agriculture
  • Shipbuilding industry
  • Cosmetics
  • Railway industry

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 161
Number of researchers : 117
Number of doctoral students : 36

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

- Detector Characterization laboratory (IR, SWIR, MWIR, LWIR)
- Camera Characterization laboratory (Visible, SWIR, MWIR, LWIR)
- Terriscope : Airborne remote sensing Platform (TOULOUSE)
- LIMA : Research Laboratory in Airborne Multi sensors (TOULOUSE)


Our results

Valuation offer

- Know-how, patents:
- Softwares: Matisse
- Database: MEMOIRES

Projects examples

H2020, ANR, FUI, Astrid, ADEME, Rapid ?


Establishments of affiliation