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COHERENT OPTICS SENSORS FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

Objective

"The main objective of the project is to focus theoretical, experimental and clinical research of the participating groups on biomagnetism phenomena, with the specific aim to develop all-optical sensors dedicated to their detection and suitable for applications in clinical diagnostics.

A central role in the project is played by Optical Atomic Magnetometers (OAMs) that have the potential, in terms of sensitivity and budget, for a widespread use in hospitals. OAMs have the needed sensitivity and a very small sensor head, allowing for excellent spatial resolution and optimum coupling. We will develop OAMs specifically for clinical use. We will also adopt an original approach to magnetic shielding that consists of compensating rather than screening spurious magnetic fields. This eliminates the need for an expensive mu-metal isolated room, which would make a large scale use of OAMs in hospitals difficult.

The project sees the participation of 10 research groups from Italy, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Israel, Armenia, Russia, India, Poland, USA. Nine teams (UniSi, IEBAS, UCL, IAE, IPR, JU, UCB, UC) involved in the project have long-lasting collaboration activities. The groups have the needed competences covering physics as well as medical issues. This makes an efficient transfer of knowledge between the teams absolutely essential. We will establish links between groups, based on complementary competences. Knowledge transfer will be obtained with a reciprocal exchange of young and senior researchers. The obtained results will be transmitted to all involved groups."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 59 200
Administrative Contact
Emilio Mariotti (Prof.)

Participants (5)

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 16 600
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 200
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
INSTITUT PRO ELEKTRONIKA NA BAN - INSTITUTE OF ELECTRONICS BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 62 400
Address
Tsarigradsko Shosse Boulevard 72
1784 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefka Cartaleva (Dr.)
BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 25 900
Address
Bar Ilan University Campus
52900 Ramat Gan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Estelle Waise (Ms.)
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Poland
EU contribution
€ 32 000
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wojciech Gawlik (Prof.)