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Materials for a next-generation (nano-)opto-electro-mechanical systems

Objective

Nano-opto-electro-mechanics (NOEMS) is an emerging field with unparalleled prospects for the design of efficient and low-power devices for ICT. However, to capitalize NOEMS potential, a flexible and up-scalable technology platform must be established, preferably based on current microelectronic technology.
MAGNIFIC aims at filling this gap focusing on nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si), only recently used in NOEMS with very promising results, and its integration with columnar aluminium nitride. Indeed, while nc-Si is widely used in MEMS production, the dynamics of such an optically and electrically active nanocrystalline material has barely been investigated, leaving fundamental gaps in the understanding of the interplay between electrons, phoTons and phoNons.
In this context, we propose an up-scalable, cost efficient, room temperature and Si-compatible nano-opto-electro-mechanical platform for powering efficient communications technologies. The key challenge is to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the static and dynamic material properties and their interdependence. In particular, understanding the role of nano-crystallites and grain boundaries in absorption and in dissipation mechanisms at the nanoscale is crucial for energy efficiency and for reliable performance as they are intrinsically linked to losses and variability.
The aimed platform will provide a coherent interface between RF electronics and telecom-wavelength optics mediated by phoNons, able to provide different functionalities (local oscillation, frequency conversion, modulation) in highly compact, energy efficient devices.
The project starts at TRL3, achieved via two previous EC projects, and brings the system to TRL5 realizing devices and circuits, suitably packaged, and environmentally tested with RF frequencies in the 3-12 GHz range. This will allow to cover a broad variety of ICT applications including pervasive wireless networks (5G and beyond), smart cities, IoT and satellite communications.

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
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€ 716 859,38
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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Participants (6)

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UNIVERSITE DE LILLE
France
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€ 122 203,86
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42 Rue Paul Duez
59000 Lille

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Hauts-de-France Nord-Pas de Calais Nord
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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
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€ 815 000,00
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3a
46022 Valencia

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Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
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€ 920 249,75
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Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Research Organisations
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FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA
Spain
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€ 790 486,25
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Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
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PHONONIC VIBES SRL
Italy
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€ 202 683,75
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Via Simone Schiaffino 11
20158 Milano

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
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DAS PHOTONICS SL
Spain
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€ 496 125,00
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Cmno De Vera S/n Planta 2 Edificio 8f
46022 Valencia

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00