In order to investigate requirements for setting up a Biophoton Imaging Lab the top two prominent research labs at present in UPE field were visited as mentioned below.
Visit to Meluna Research, The Netherlands, headed by Prof. Roeland Van Wijk between Nov 1-10, 2014.
Purpose: Discussions with Prof. Roeland Van Wijk, Dr. Eduard van Wijk and their team on Biophoton research with special reference to equipment and lab setup for human emission measurements; visit to their labs; hands-on experience with some simple experiments.
Jan 2015: NDA signed with Meluna Research for assistance in setting up the lab.
Visit to Kobayashi lab, Tohoku Institute of Technology, Sendai, Japan between Dec 7 – 15, 2014.
Purpose: visit to the lab; detailed discussions on the equipment built by Prof. Kobayashi; discussion sessions with Prof. Kobayashi and Dr. Ankush Prasad; hands-on experiments in the lab.
BPE Equipment purchase from ET Enterprises Ltd., UK:
BPE equipment consisting of a PMT, Cooled Housing, Counter and Amplifier costing Rs. 8.5 Lakh was purchased from ET Enterprises, UK in May 2016, for conducting plant BPE experiments at Sathya Sai Grama.
Design and fabrication of a dark box with a shutter system: A dark box to conduct plant experiments has been designed, and the fabrication work is to be completed by Nov 2016.
Purchase of filters and filter system: Color glass filters costing around Rs 1 Lakh, to perform BPE experiments with plants and a filter system have been procured from Quantalase Enterprises, Indore in May 2017.