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WideLase

Project ID: 318798
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Monolithic Widely Tunable Interband Cascade Lasers \nfor Safety and Security

From 2012-09-01 to 2015-08-31, closed project | WideLase Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 159 626

EU contribution:

EUR 2 200 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-8See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Monolithic Widely Tunable Interband Cascade Lasers for Safety and Security
The WideLase project focuses on compact, rugged and cost effective laser sources with wide tuning range for safety and security applications in the 3.3 to 7.0 µm wavelength range.Three particular challenging applications with significant market potential are investigated within the project. There are no suitable application grade semiconductor lasers for these sensor applications yet available on the market. The aim of the WideLase project is to overcome these limitations and to achieve the following goals:Novel Interband Cascade based laser structures with wide gain bandwidth will be realized enabling room temperature continuous wave operation. The developed structures will exceed existing Quantum Cascade Laser performance figures in the targeted mid infrared range.Novel monolithic concepts for electrical tuning based on multi-section DFB as well as acousto-opto-electronic lasers will be developed for the first time in the wavelength range of interest. This will result in monolithic devices with an unprecedented tuning range of up to 200nm formerly in reach only by external cavity lasers, which are not suitable for the targeted applications mainly because of their high cost and their lack of ruggedness.These novel high performance photonic sources will allow the development of the following highly sensitive detection systems:- Laser based sensor for remote detection of alcohol against drunk driving- Laser based sensor for formaldehyde monitoring- Laser based sensor for hydrocarbon leak detection.In order to reach these goals, significant challenges have to be overcome in various fields, ranging from epitaxial semiconductor growth via laser design and processing to mid infrared sensor development. The consortium comprises renowned research groups, academic and industrial SME partners from across Europe with a range of complementary competencies covering all aspects from semiconductor material development to photonic components and sensor systems.

Objective

The WideLase proposal focuses on compact, rugged and cost effective laser sources with wide tuning range for safety and security applications in the 3.3 to 7.0 µm wavelength range.Three particular challenging applications with significant market potential are investigated within the project. There are no suitable application grade semiconductor lasers for these sensor applications yet available on the market. The aim of the WideLase proposal is to overcome these limitations and to achieve the following goals:Novel Interband Cascade based laser structures with wide gain bandwidth will be realized enabling room temperature continuous wave operation. The developed structures will exceed existing Quantum Cascade Laser performance figures in the targeted mid infrared range.Novel monolithic concepts for electrical tuning based on multi-section DFB as well as acousto-opto-electronic lasers will be developed for the first time in the wavelength range of interest. This will result in monolithic devices with an unprecedented tuning range of up to 200nm formerly in reach only by external cavity lasers, which are not suitable for the targeted applications mainly because of their high cost and their lack of ruggedness.These novel high performance photonic sources will allow the development of the following highly sensitive detection systems:
- Laser based sensor for remote detection of alcohol against drunk driving- Laser based sensor for formaldehyde monitoring- Laser based sensor for hydrocarbon leak detection.
In order to reach these goals, significant challenges have to be overcome in various fields, ranging from epitaxial semiconductor growth via laser design and processing to mid infrared sensor development. The consortium comprises renowned research groups, academic and industrial SME partners from across Europe with a range of complementary competencies covering all aspects from semiconductor material development to photonic components and sensor systems.

Related information

Coordinator

NANOPLUS NANOSYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 513 602


OBERER KIRSCHBERG 4
97218 GERBRUNN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Johannes Koeth
Tel.: +49 931 908 27 11
Fax: +49 931 908 27 19
E-mail

Participants

JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 512 999


Josef-Stang-Platz 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Christian Gloggengießer
Tel.: +49 931 31 82294
Fax: +49 931 31 87180
E-mail
EUPHOENIX BV-MACH 8 LASERS MESH PHOTONICS
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 158 988


NIKKELSTRAAT
4823 AB BREDA
Netherlands
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Michael Engelmann
Tel.: +31616420187
E-mail
NORSK ELEKTRO OPTIKK AS
Norway

EU contribution: EUR 290 801


SOLHEIMVEIEN 62 A
1473 LORENSKOG
Norway
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Peter Kaspersen
Tel.: +4767974700
Fax: +47 67974900
E-mail
POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 277 139


WYBRZEZE WYSPIANSKIEGO 27
50370 WROCLAW
Poland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Jan Misiewicz
Tel.: +48713202736
Fax: +48 71 328 3696
E-mail
Airoptic Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 446 471


UL RUBIEZ 46H
61 612 POZNAN
Poland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Pawel Kluczynski
Tel.: +48 500 247723
Fax: +48 61 822 6107
E-mail
Record Number: 105120 / Last updated on: 2017-04-21
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