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FIREFLY

Project reference: 287874
Funded under

Multilayer Photonic Circuits made by Nano-Imprinting of Waveguides and Photonic Crystals

From 2011-10-01 to 2014-11-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 959 706

EU contribution:

EUR 3 419 215

Coordinated in:

Netherlands

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

The objective of FIREFLY is the introduction of novel polymer waveguide and photonic crystal structures based on highly structured 3D nano-hybrids into industrial applications by using a new cost effective production process for larger scale manufacturing. The target applications are optical waveguides and photonic structures for the manipulation of light in, for example, optical interconnects. The optical interconnects technology will initially be applied for data communication in high performance supercomputers, and eventually these optics will also find their way into high-end server systems, mid-range servers and in consumer-like applications such as high-end multimedia devices.Waveguides and photonic crystals based on polymers have been proven in a laboratory environment to be interesting technologies for light management. In most cases these structures are manufactured on small scale.

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We propose the use of a relatively new technology to manufacture these structures on a larger scale.The nano-hybrids will be manufactured using a combined approach of nano-imprint process in a polymer resins and self assembly of material in the polymer nano-structures. The nano-structures will be filled with new modified polymer compositions having a high refractive index and optical clarity at relevant wavelengths, necessary for waveguides, and with inorganic nanoparticles to prepare photonic crystals, for the manipulation of light for guiding the light in waveguides through sharp horizontal and vertical bends. Some material developments are needed: new silicone polymers that will be modified for improved optical properties such as low optical loss and tuneable refractive index, and new inorganic particles that will combine a high refractive index with a very high level of monodispersity.The manufacturing process will be suitable for up-scaling to an industrial process. This new bottom-up approach will enable the development of hybrid materials with new optical properties.

Objective

The objective of FIREFLY is the introduction of novel polymer waveguide and photonic crystal structures based on highly structured 3D nano-hybrids into industrial applications by using a new cost effective production process for larger scale manufacturing. The target applications are optical waveguides and photonic structures for the manipulation of light in, for example, optical interconnects. The optical interconnects technology will initially be applied for data communication in high performance supercomputers, and eventually these optics will also find their way into high-end server systems, mid-range servers and in consumer-like applications such as high-end multimedia devices.Waveguides and photonic crystals based on polymers have been proven in a laboratory environment to be interesting technologies for light management. In most cases these structures are manufactured on small scale. We propose the use of a relatively new technology to manufacture these structures on a larger scale.The nano-hybrids will be manufactured using a combined approach of nano-imprint process in a polymer resins and self assembly of material in the polymer nano-structures. The nano-structures will be filled with new modified polymer compositions having a high refractive index and optical clarity at relevant wavelengths, necessary for waveguides, and with inorganic nanoparticles to prepare photonic crystals, for the manipulation of light for guiding the light in waveguides through sharp horizontal and vertical bends. Some material developments are needed: new silicone polymers that will be modified for improved optical properties such as low optical loss and tuneable refractive index, and new inorganic particles that will combine a high refractive index with a very high level of monodispersity.The manufacturing process will be suitable for up-scaling to an industrial process. This new bottom-up approach will enable the development of hybrid materials with new optical properties.

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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 846 920


De Rondom 1
5612 AP Eindhoven
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Sjoukje Wiegersma
Tel.: +31 888 66 5575
Fax: +31 40 265850
E-mail

Participants

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 374 067


KAPELDREEF 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Administrative contact: Christine Van Houtven
Tel.: +3216281613
Fax: +3216281812
E-mail
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 347 909


SAEUMERSTRASSE 4
8803 RUESCHLIKON
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Bert Jan Offrein
Tel.: +41447248572
E-mail
VERTILAS GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 259 080


LICHTENBERGSTRASSE 8
85748 GARCHING
Germany
Administrative contact: Markus Ortsiefer
Tel.: +49 89 54842007
Fax: +49 89 54842019
E-mail
MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 212 511


CHEMIEPARK LEVERKUSEN GEBAUDE
51368 LEVERKUSEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Jos Delis
Tel.: +31164293253
E-mail
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 595 682


TEKNIIKANTIE 4 A
02044 VTT ESPOO
Finland
Administrative contact: Mikko Karppinen
Tel.: +358 20 722 2293
Fax: +358 20 722 2320
E-mail
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 348 959


WESTERN ROAD
- CORK
Ireland
Administrative contact: Conor Delaney
Tel.: +353 21 4904263
Fax: +353 21 4904058
E-mail
TYCO ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 219 267


RIETVELDENWEG 32
5222AR S HERTOGENBOSCH
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Jan Willem Rietveld
Tel.: +31 73 6246662
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 214 820


HEIDELBERGLAAN 8
3584 CS UTRECHT
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Pieter Thijssen
Tel.: +31302533065
Fax: +31302531645
E-mail
Record Number: 100147 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01