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Next generation photonic Crystal Fibres

Objective

The project NextGenPCF arises from the observation that progress and continuing technological development in many fields will depend on new ways of producing and guiding light, and mastering its interaction with the environment. Actors in health care require lasers at new wavelengths or broadband sources for diagnosis. Telecom players look for more flexible amplifiers, and for easy-to-install, low-cost fibres. The environmental sensor industry is searching for sensitive gas detector systems.

Photonic Crystal Fibre (PCF) technology has the potential to become an enabling optical component. Indeed, Photonic Crystal Fibres have re-defined what an optical fibre is and does, and dramatically enlarged the available design space. The contention of the partners is that the basic PCF designs are now defined and demonstrated, and that the turn toward material optimisation and industrialisation has to be negotiated.

NextGenPCF integrates the key European industrial and academic groups, from raw material' developers to final users. It aims at being the incubator of key devices in three fields of applications that corresponds to three IST strategic fields:

- Biomedical: Raman laser for photodynamic therapy and wideband sources for cytology,
- Telecom: easy-to-install, low-cost fibre for indoor wiring, Raman optical amplifier,
- Sensors for environment: methane detection in mining.

The technological developments will be driven by these applications. The integration of all the actors in a coordinated development process is expected to create a virtuous circle of market growth linking end user, device, fibre and raw material, while spreading knowledge and avoiding redundancy. It will provide a key competitive advantage to European firms in the future.

Coordinator

DRAKA COMTEQ FRANCE
Address
Avenue Du Marais Les Algorithmes 9-Bat. Le Sophocle
95100 Argenteuil
France

Participants (17)

ALCATEL CIT
France
Address
Rue De La Baume 12
75008 Paris
ALTECHNA
Lithuania
Address
Konstitucijos Ave. 23
LT-08105 Vilnius
DEGUSSA NOVARA TECHNOLOGY S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via C. Pisacane 7/B
20016 Pero
DRAKA COMTEQ FIBRE BV
Netherlands
Address
Zwaanstraat 1
5651 CA Eindhoven
FIBER OPTIC SENSORS AND SENSING SYSTEMS BVBA
Belgium
Address
Cipalstraat 16
2440 Geel
FRANCE TELECOM SA
France
Address
Place D Alleray 6
75015 Paris
HERAEUS TENEVO GMBH
Germany
Address
Quarzstr. 8
63450 Hanau
HORIBA ABX SAS
France
Address
Parc Euromedecine, Rue Du Caducee
34000 Montpellier
INESC PORTO - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES DO PORTO
Portugal
Address
Campus Da Feup, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias 378
Porto
INSTITUT FUER PHYSIKALISCHE HOCHTECHNOLOGIE E.V
Germany
Address
Albert-einstein-strasse 9
07745 Jena
MULTITEL
Belgium
Address
Parc Initialis, Avenue Copernic 1
7000 Mons
OPTICAL SYSTEMS & RESEARCH FOR INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE
France
Address
121, Rue Chanzy
59260 Hellemmes-lille
RED-C OPTICAL NETWORKS LTD.
Israel
Address
Atidim Technology Park, Bldg. 3
61580 Tel-aviv
UNIVERSITE DE LIMOGES
France
Address
33 Rue Francois Mitterand
87032 Limoges
UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE - LILLE I
France
Address
Batiment A3 Cite Scientifique
Villeneuve D'ascq
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
Address
Claverton Down
Bath
VITRON SPEZIALWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Germany
Address
Am Nasstal 5
07751 Jena-maua