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All Solid-State Super-Twinning Photon Microscope

Objective

The goal of the project is to develop the technology foundation for an advanced optical microscope imaging at a resolution beyond the Rayleigh limit, which is set by the photon wavelength. The proposed microscope technique is based on super-twinning photon states (N-partite entangled states) with the de Broglie wavelength equal to a fraction of the photon wavelength. Such microscopy technique will comprise building blocks for object illumination, capturing of scattered twinning photons and data processing. Based on advanced group-III nitride and III-V alloy epitaxial growths and wafer processing techniques we will build the first solid-state emitter of highly entangled photon states, utilizing the cooperative effect of Dicke superradiance (super-fluorescence) emission. Single-photon avalanche detector arrays with data pre-processing capabilities sufficient for capturing high-order field correlation functions of scattered twinning photons will be developed. A dedicated data processing algorithm for extracting the image of an illuminated object from the statistics of scattered twinning photons will complement the hardware. The project goal is to demonstrate imaging at 42 nm spatial resolution using 5-partite entangled photons at 420 nm wavelength. This quantum imaging technology will open the way for compact, portable, super-resolution microscope techniques, with no moving parts and no requirements to the optical properties of the sample.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/optical sensors
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particle physics/photons
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/quantum physics/quantum optics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/fibre optics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/microscopy/super resolution microscopy

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 554 750

Participants (8)

A.P.E. RESEARCH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 297 656
Address
Basovizza Ss 14 Km 163,5 Area Di Ricerca
34012 Trieste
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 703 025
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
III-V LAB
France
EU contribution
€ 552 046
Address
1 Avenue Augustin Fresnel Campus Polytechnique
91767 Palaiseau Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINGLE QUANTUM BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 218 750
Address
Delfgauwseweg 271
2628 ER Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 474 101
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 468 718,75
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Belarus
EU contribution
€ 222 500
Address
Nezavisimosti Ave 68
220072 Minsk
Activity type
Research Organisations
LFOUNDRY SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 434 375
Address
Via A Pacinotti 7
67051 Avezzano Aq
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)