The research activities at Metrology Research Institute involve electronics, modern optics and optical radiation measurements. The special research areas are the optical quantities of photometry and radiometry, laser based length metrology and optical telecommunication. The Metrology Research Institute is the national standards laboratory for optical quantities. The Metrology Research Institute is a joint laboratory of Aalto University and MIKES and it is involved in many national and international projects.
Designing electronics is a key element in all of the projects of the laboratory. Self-made controller electronics can be optimized to specific tasks and integrated into the setups. Design projects typically include analog electronics, but the devices may be driven using micro-controllers as well. Typical devices built in the laboratory include temperature controllers, laser stabilization electronics, and electronics for optical sensors.
The research of Optical Radiation Measurements is concerned with determination of characteristics of light sources, detectors, and optical components as well as of optical properties of materials. Some of the facilities developed in the laboratory are at the world-leading level when comparing accuracy, compactness, and operating costs.
As an application of Quantum Optics, excess coincidences of photons are studied at different wavelength ranges in a project funded by the Academy of Finland.