My name is Luis José Salazar-Serrano: Physicist, engineer and more importantly open-source enthusiast. In this blog, I want to share my experience in using many hardware and software open-source tools during a large part of my life.
In short, I am a graduate student who has successfully combined his formation as a physicist and as an engineer to plan, design, assemble and perform data analysis of experimental projects ranging from simple physics demonstrations to more complex experiments. I have wide experience in the use of MATLAB, Octave, Python, Processing, OpenCV, OpenSCAD, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and 3D printing, among others, to fully implement and operate experimental instruments either in a local or remote location, retrieve data from detectors or cameras and analyze the experimental outcomes using statistical methods.
My research interests lie at the intersection of photonics (metrology and interference eﬀects) and electronics (particularly open-source hardware and software). During my research, I have been able to measure temporal delays of the order of femtoseconds between optical pulses, I have implemented successfully a new method to perform tunable beam displacements and I have improved the sensitivity of temperature measurements based on Fiber Bragg Gratings. In all cases, I made use of a concept taken from quantum mechanics termed Weak Value Ampliﬁcation, that can be understood in terms of constructive and destructive interference between waves, to retrieve information that cannot be obtained by means of standard methods.
Regarding interests outside my research area, I am fascinated with the devices that can be created by combining robotics and image processing by means of machine learning algorithms. In particular, I am interested in problems involving colored segmentation and optical character recognition.