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Large Area Fabrication of 3D Negative Index Metamaterials by Nanoimprint Lithography

Objective

Three-dimensional large area metamaterials, especially Negative Index Materials (NIMs) promise to enable numerous novel and breakthrough applications like perfect lenses and cloaking devices, not only but especially if they exhibit the desired properties in the visible frequency range. For the European Photonics industry it is of paramount importance enabling fabricating such materials as soon as possible, to maintain its important position in the areas of optical components and systems as well as production technologies. Till now such materials have not been produced, yet - neither in 3D nor on large areas, let alone both combined. The aim of NIM_NIL is the development of a production process for 3D NIMs in the visible regime combining UV-based Nanoimprint Lithography (UV-NIL) on wafer scale using the new material graphene and innovative geometrical designs. This project will go beyond state-of-the-art in three important topics regarding NIMs: the design, the fabrication using Nanoimprintlithography (NIL) and the optical characterization by ellipsometry. New designs and the new material Graphene will be investigated to extend the existing frequency limit of 900 nm into the visible regime. The fabrication method of choice is UV-NIL since it allows cost efficient large area nanostructuring, which is indispensible if materials like NIMs should be produced on large scale. The negative refraction will be measured using ellipsometry which is a fast and non-destructive method to control the fabrication process. At the end of the project a micro-optical prism made from NIM will be fabricated to directly verify and demonstrate the negative refractive index. Each aspect of innovation within NIM_NIL – design, fabrication and characterisation of NIMs – is represented by experts in this field resulting in a multidisciplinary highly motivated consortium containing participants from basic research as well as industrial endusers from whole Europe.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials/two-dimensional nanostructures/graphene

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

PROFACTOR GMBH
Address
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr Gleink
Austria
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 635 967
Administrative Contact
Andrea Moeslinger (Ms.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 402 472
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kurt Hingerl (Prof.)
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 335 350
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Kley (Dr.)
INSTITUT ZA FIZIKU
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 311 600
Address
Pregrevica 118
11080 Beograd
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rados Gajic (Prof.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR ANALYTISCHE WISSENSCHAFTEN-ISAS-EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 829
Address
Bunsen Kirchhoff Strasse 11
44139 Dortmund
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jasmin Gleißner (Ms.)
SENTECH INSTRUMENTS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 346 681
Address
Carl Scheele Strasse 16
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Arens (Dr.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 359 642
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Costas Soukoulis (Prof.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 415 058
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Bruno (Dr.)
MICRO RESIST TECHNOLOGY GESELLSCHAFT FUER CHEMISCHE MATERIALIEN SPEZIELLER PHOTORESISTSYSTEME MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 117 921
Address
Koepenicker Strasse 325
12555 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Herrndorf (Dr.)
JENOPTIK POLYMER SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 65 580
Address
Am Sandberg 2
07819 Triptis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Fischer (Dr.)