ModuLys – modular toolkit for customize optical setups

  • University of Luxembourg
  • From Luxembourg
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  • Innovative Products and Technologies

Summary of the technology

ModuLys is an affordable, yet advanced and modular toolkit for the construction of custom optical setups made of multi-purpose standardized units, with strong focus on ease of use. The unit concept, together with a unique lattice-based mounting solution reduces the complexity of individual setups, while maximizing flexibility and re-usability of components in a plethora of possible scenarios.

Core of the proposed device is the alignment-free placement of optical components, e.g., light sources, lenses, filters, mirrors, and combined assemblies of the former on a two dimensional mounting platform (breadboard). Optical components are mounted into cubic units that can be positioned at pre-defined locations on the breadboard in a square-lattice arrangement. Complementary shapes on cubic units and breadboard allow for a tight fit of both, alleviating the need for component alignment.

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  • Efficient, fast and alignment-free assembly of optical instruments.
  • Low cost high-end microscopy tool for low resource settings.
  • Allows the construction of custom microscopes and optical experiments, foremost, but not exclusively, as an educational technology.
  • Open new possibilities in science education and creativity.
  • Make state-of-the-art technologies accessible and affordable.


The invention has been implemented, tested and verified successfully in a laboratory environment.

Related Keywords

  • Education and Training
  • Physics
  • Physical Sciences and Exact Sciences
  • Optics
  • Lighting, illumination
  • Education and educational products and materials
  • Scanning Related
  • Other scanning related (including optical mark sensing and image processing)
  • lenses
  • mirrors
  • microscopy
  • optical experiments
  • breadboard

About University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg, founded in 2003, is multilingual, international and strongly focused on research. Its students and staff have chosen a modern institution with a personal atmosphere, close to the European institutions, international companies and the financial place.

Teaching, research and knowledge transfer at the highest international level: those are the goals that this university set from the start. With 270 professors, associate professors, assistant professors and senior lecturers, students from 130 different countries and lecturers originating from 20 different countries, the University offers a multicultural environment. Exchange agreements and research cooperations exist with 354 universities around the world.

About 6,783 students (Bachelor, Master, PhD/Doctorate, learning courses, vocational training and lifelong learning) can choose from over 60 degrees, offered by:
- The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine,
- The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance,
- The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

The central research priorities of the University of Luxembourg are:
- Materials Science
- Computer Science & ICT Security
- European and International Law
- Finance and Financial Innovation
- Education
- Digital and Contemporary History

as well as cross-disciplinary themes (details at
- Health and Systems Biomedicine
- Data Modelling and Simulation (formerly known as Computational Sciences)

University Rankings
- Among the top 250 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021.
- No. 3 worldwide in the THE “international outlook” Rankings 2021.
- No. 20 worldwide in the THE Young University Rankings 2021.

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