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Femtosecond comb optical parametric oscillators for high-resolution spectroscopy in the mid-infrared

Objective

The research necessary to extend the application areas of femtosecond frequency combs through the development of compact, robust, low-cost, commercially-exploitable sources is now possible; taking advantage of the fact that ultrafast laser pulses of femtosecond widths, separated by nanoseconds, manifest themselves as a phase-coherent comb of frequencies spread over a wide spectral band. Furthermore, the development of femtosecond frequency combs in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum and beyond offers enormous opportunities for exploitation in broad spectrum detection and metrology. Robust industrial laser sources such as those produced by the SME supply chain grouping brought together in this proposal can be used by the leading research groups in this consortium to develop frequency comb based spectroscopy systems offering unprecedented detection sensitivity and measurement accuracy. Moreover, if the wavelength range of the comb sources can be extended to cover the mid-IR region then such a source would be ideal for coherent Fourier-transform spectroscopy in the absorption-rich mid-IR 'molecular fingerprint' region delivering real-time acquisition of molecular spectra and real-time imaging with chemical identification for applications in large fast-growing global markets including environmental monitoring, real-time analysis of chemical /bio threats and explosives, trace molecular detection, and medical breath analysis. The project will be led by the SME group coordinated by M-Squared Lasers and produce IP which can be exploited across the supply chain covering optics, crystals, lasers and OPOs.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/crystals
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

M-SQUARED LASERS LIMITED
Address
Venture Building 1 Kelvin Campus Maryhill Road West Of Scotland Science Park
G20 0SP Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 587 415,55
Administrative Contact
Yvette Giannini (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

LO LASEROPTIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 486,25
Address
Horster Strasse 20
30826 Garbsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Ebert (Dr.)
LASER QUANTUM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 216 404,50
Address
Max Stromeyer Strasse 116
78467 Konstanz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albrecht Bartels (Dr.)
Raicol Crystals Ltd.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 114 888,25
Address
Giron Street Industrial Zone 15
56217 Yehud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alex Skliar (Dr.)
RADIANT LIGHT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 330 763,65
Address
Carrer Copernic, Poligono Industrial Cami Ral 2/4
08850 Gava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sara Otero (Dr.)
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 20 041,80
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Olszewska-Day (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
Address
Faubourg De L'hopital 41
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Sudmeyer (Prof.)
FRAUNHOFER UK RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Cathedral Street - Univeristy Of Strathclyde 347
G1 2TB Glasgow
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johnmark Hopkins (Prof.)