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Infrared sensing made visible: Combining infrared light sources and upconversion sensors for improved sensitivity in medical applications and gas analysis

Objective

The mid-infrared (mid-IR) wavelength range is an emerging and important new topic for frontier research. Its general importance relates to a multitude of mid-IR industrial and biomedical sensor applications. Chemical finger prints of most complex molecules such as those found in food, tissue or catalytic compounds all have vibrational spectra in the mid-IR, thus identifiable through mid-IR spectroscopy. Incidentally also the fundamental absorption bands of gas molecules are located in the mid-IR enabling novel instrumentation for mid-IR gas spectroscopy at small concentrations relevant for applications like, “leak-tests” or remote sensing of greenhouse gases.
The main obstacle for the exploitation of the mid-IR optical window has been a historical lack of efficient mid-IR excitation light sources and sensitive mid-IR detectors/imaging. In mid-TECH we have gathered the best European academic and industrial partners to show that in a combined effort both technological short comings can be overcome paving the way for novel instrumentation for industry and society. Key elements are novel semiconductor based Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs), rugged mid-IR Optical Parametrical Oscillators combined with novel, record “low noise” mid-IR upconversion detection and imaging. These two building blocks will be implemented for cancer diagnostics, for combustion analysis and absorption/DIAL spectroscopy.
Since we are combining frontier research within different mid-IR areas we do not at present have the necessary skilled researchers knowing the combined mid-IR enabling components. It is a main goal of mid-TECH to train 15 ESRs to an outstanding level where they subsequently to their study can act as Europe’s new cross-sectorial technical experts in mid-IR technology at one hand and at the same time fill in a much needed link between academia and industry. This is realized through entrepreneurial courses and secondments between the mid-TECH partners.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 160 327,52

Participants (7)

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 747 649,44
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Activity type
Research Organisations
NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RADIANT LIGHT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Carrer Copernic, Poligono Industrial Cami Ral 2/4
08850 Gava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (6)

HALDOR TOPSOE AS
Denmark
Address
Haldor Topsoes Alle 1
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FOSS ANALYTICAL AS
Denmark
Address
Slangerupgade 69
3400 Hillerød
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EAGLEYARD PHOTONICS GMBH
Germany
Address
Rudower Chaussee 29
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Quantiox GmbH
Germany
Address
Newtonstr. 15
D-12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND
Ireland
Address
Saint Stephen's Green 123
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IRSEE Aps
Denmark
Address
Sparresholmvej 20
2700 Brønshøj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)