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Project reference: 318798
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Monolithic Widely Tunable Interband Cascade Lasers \nfor Safety and Security [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2012-09-01 to 2015-08-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 159 626

EU contribution:

EUR 2 200 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-8

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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.\nThree 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:\nNovel 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.\nNovel 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.\nThese novel high performance photonic sources will allow the development of the following highly sensitive detection systems:\n\n- Laser based sensor for remote detection of alcohol against drunk driving\n- Laser based sensor for formaldehyde monitoring\n- Laser based sensor for hydrocarbon leak detection.\n\nIn 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.

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Coordinator

NANOPLUS NANOSYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
OBERER KIRSCHBERG 4
GERBRUNN, Germany
Administrative contact: Johannes Koeth
Tel.: +49 931 908 27 11
Fax: +49 931 908 27 19
E-mail

Participants

JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG
Germany
SANDERRING
WUERZBURG, Germany
Administrative contact: Christian Gloggengießer
Tel.: +49 931 31 82294
Fax: +49 931 31 87180
E-mail
EUPHOENIX BV-MACH 8 LASERS MESH PHOTONICS
Netherlands
NIKKELSTRAAT
BREDA, Netherlands
Administrative contact: Michael Engelmann
Tel.: +31616420187
E-mail
NORSK ELEKTRO OPTIKK AS
Norway
SOLHEIMVEIEN
LORENSKOG, Norway
Administrative contact: Peter Kaspersen
Tel.: +4767974700
Fax: +47 67974900
E-mail
POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA
Poland
WYBRZEZE WYSPIANSKIEGO 27
WROCLAW, Poland
Administrative contact: Jan Misiewicz
Tel.: +48713202736
Fax: +48 71 328 3696
E-mail
Airoptic Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia
Poland
ul. Janiny Omankowskiej
Poznan, Poland
Administrative contact: Pawel Kluczynski
Tel.: +48 500 247723
Fax: +48 61 822 6107
E-mail
Record Number: 105120 / Last updated on: 2014-09-03