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Indirect Excitons:
Fundamental Physics and Applications

Objective

Indirect excitons are bosonic quasi-particles in semiconductors with unique properties: they have long lifetime and spin-relaxation time, can travel over large distances before recombination, can be cooled down to low temperatures and form a quantum gas, and can be controlled by voltage in-situ. Due to these properties, they form a model system both for the studies of fundamental properties of light and matter and for the development of conceptually new excitonic devices.
Our consortium is composed of 9 strong academic groups in Europe and USA, supported by 4 industrial partners. It brings together the critical mass of the human resources, research expertise, experience, and facilities required to achieve a decisive breakthrough in the interdisciplinary field of indirect excitons, on the boundary of electronics, optics, photonics, and spintronics.
We propose to explore the potential of indirect excitons (1) for the studies of fundamental physics of cold bosons in solid state materials, (2) for the development of novel principles for optoelectronic devices, and (3) for the training of a new generation of researchers. We propose a multidisciplinary training program aimed at formation of young researchers with solid background in physics of light-matter coupling and quantum effects in solid state, experts in excitonic systems able to design, process, and optimize the future excitonic devices for practical applications. The training in academic institutes will be combined with secondments to the major optoelectronic industries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/condensed matter physics/quantum gases
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/optoelectronics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 911 313,50
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Mere (Dr.)

Participants (5)

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 254 605
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dolors Mateu (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 671 796
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 344 269,01
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zinovia Papatheodorou (Ms.)
SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 272 286
Address
Piazza Dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniele Altamore (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 519 272,60
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paola Corezzola (Dr.)