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Fiber Nano-Engineering

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A new generation of optical fibres

Optical fibres with a precisely shaped depression in the fibre end facet are the key enabling technological element in many different applications – from resonator-based absorption microscopy, sensing and manipulation of solid-state systems to quantum information processing. However, despite their wide potential for application, they are not commercially available. The EU-funded FINE project will build on past efforts to commercialise fibre-based microresonators to meet the high demand. By conducting an in-depth market study, the project will identify the relevant market segments and develop an intellectual property strategy to protect innovations in the manufacturing process. Improvements include new software-based solutions in addition to the new manufacturing processes and increased quality and quantity of the production.


Tunable optical-fiber-based micro-cavities offer a variety of applications such as for absorption microscopy, sensing, manipulation of solid-state systems, and quantum information processing. The key enabling technological element in these systems are optical fibers that feature a precisely shaped depression in the fiber end facet and are currently not commercially available. The FET-Open project SQUARE has taken initial steps towards the commercialization of fiber-based micro-resonators. During an initial supply of cavity fibers as standalone product, we recognized the high demand of this key technological element. The proposed FET project Fiber Nano Engineering (FINE) aims at identifying the relevant market segments by an in-depth market study and the development of an IP strategy to protect innovations in the manufacturing process. The arrival of additional inquiries about cavity fibers prompt us to advance the fiber manufacturing process to gain more throughput, less workload and more flexible products. The intended improvements include new strategies in the manufacturing process itself for increasing the quality and quantity of the production as well as software-based solutions to meet the specific inquiries. The supply with the final customized products will happen through a university spin-off, which is currently in formation.


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€ 100 000,00
Geschwister scholl platz 1
80539 Muenchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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