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FASTQUANTUM Report Summary

Project ID: 656598
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.2.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FASTQUANTUM (Ultrafast Sepctroscopy of Quantum Structures)

Reporting period: 2015-08-19 to 2016-08-18

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Nanoscopic or microscopic structures with their physical properties strongly affected by confinement effects are called quantum structures. This projects aims for the investigation of ultrafast dynamics in different kinds of quantum structures, namely, semiconductor nanocrystals and metal nanoparticles, their combination to complex nanohybrids, nanowires, nanosheets, as well as nanoemitters in optical cavities. The understanding of the fundamental ultrafast processes will help to further improve the quantum structures and to further pave the way for their application in optical or opto-electric devices. Besides this, the action intends to train the applicant in the ultrafast spectroscopy by hands-on experience on the most sophisticated ultrafast setups. The gained knowledge shall be transferred to his European host organisation. It should strengthen the scientific network of the applicant, and initiate further collaborations.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Ultrafast-laser spectroscopy was performed in the expert-research group of Prof. Kambhampati at McGill University, Canada. The quantum structures under investigations were different kinds of spherical semiconductor nanocrystals, anisotropic semiconductor nanorods, gold nanoparticles, as well as semiconductor-metal hybrid structures. Most of these structures were synthesized in the researchers’s home group in Hamburg, Germany. The researcher gained in-depth knowledge of ultrafast-spectroscopy instrumentation.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The action already impacts the human resources and skills at the European host organisation via the researcher’s roles as a supervisor, lecturer, and member of the committee of the degree course Nanoscience. During his research stay in Canada, the researcher got an in-depth insight into the structure of the North American university system as well as into the curricula of students of chemistry and physics. This information will give new impulses to the researcher’s teaching activity.

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