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Network of Excellence in the Field of Mesoscopic Systems

Objective

The application of mesoscopic structures in both electronics and optoelectronics is new and creates high hopes for the future. The high quality research in different institutes in Europe has established a strong position in the domain of mesoscopic and quantum structures. The high complexity of the research and its cost necessitates a strong collaboration within a coordinated European action to remain competitive with Japan and the US. The main goal of the PHANTOMS network is to promote a coordinated approach in European research efforts in the field of mesoscopic systems.
The application of mesoscopic structures in both electronics and optoelectronics is new and creates high hopes for the future. The research in different institutes in Europe has established a strong position in the domain of mesoscopic and quantum structures. The network will promote a coordinated approach in European research efforts in the field of mesoscopic systems.

The 3 broad areas of scientific study which may yield new, exploitable devices and systems are quantum and single electron transport; optical phenomena in laterally patterned structures; and ultrafast devices and phenomena. A 4th essential area of study involves materials and technology for mesoscopic and nanoelectronic devices. To work towards these objectives, the following activities have been started:
strategy meeting to define long term technological objectives, monitor progress in on going research activities and identify gaps;
liaison with industry to ensure an application driven approach;
publication of a newsletter to disseminate information to institutes and industry in Europe and abroad, and to stimulate opportunities for cooperation;
establishment of a database centralizing information on the network efforts in the mesoscopic domain;
creation of an infrastructure to provide advanced training facilities in this domain.
STRUCTURE

The Network presently consists of 33 nodes and 16 associate members. An annual plenary meeting is organised with one representative from each node. The management of the network is handled by a coordination board, assisted by four task forces on each of the above-mentioned research topics. Members of the board are appointed to act as industrial liaison channels and to deal with workshops and training issues.

ACTIVITIES

Three broad areas of scientific study which may yield new, exploitable devices and systems will be addressed: quantum and single electron transport; optical phenomena in laterally patterned structures; and ultrafast devices and phenomena. Additionally, it is clear that the technologies which allow experimental devices to be fabricated are in many respects inadequate and will require further development. For this reason a fourth essential area of study involves materials and technology for mesoscopic and nanoelectronic devices. To work towards these objectives, the following activities have been started:

- strategy meetings to define long-term technological objectives, monitor progress in on-going research activities and identify gaps
- liaison with industry to ensure an application-driven approach
- publication of a newsletter to disseminate information to institutes and industry in Europe and abroad, and to stimulate opportunities for cooperation (sharing of equipment, human resources, exchange of know-how, exchange of devices, etc)
- establishment of a database centralising information on the network efforts in the mesoscopic domain
- creation of an infrastructure to provide advanced training facilities in this domain.

Coordinator

Interuniversitair Mikroelektronica Centrum
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3030 Heverlee
Belgium

Participants (29)

Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Germany
Address
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Centre National d'Études des Télécommunications (CNET)
France
Address
98 Chemin Du Vieux Chêne
38243 Meyland
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
1919 Route De Mende
34405 Montpellier
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address

91406 Orsay
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
Spain
Address
Serrano 144
28006 Madrid
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
El - Ecublens
1015 Lausanne
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderungder Angewandten Forschung e.V.
Germany
Address
Dillenburgerstrasse
14199 Berlin
GEC Marconi Materials Technology Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Caswell
NN12 8EQ Towcester
Institut Superieur d'Electronique du Nord
France
Address
41, Boulevard Vauban
59046 Lille
Institut für Halbleiterphysik
Germany
Address
Walter-korsing-straße 2
15230 Frankfurt An Der Oder
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Benedenstraat, 59
3000 Leuven
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Tervuursevest, 101
3000 Leuven
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Germany
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz 1
80539 München
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)
Germany
Address
Sommerfeldstraße 24
52074 Aachen
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Mekelweg 4, 5031
2600 AG Delft
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Feldmannweg 17, 5053
2600 GB Delft
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Address
, 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
THOMSON CSF
France
Address
Domaine De Corbeville
91404 Orsay
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Pfaffenwaldring 57
70550 Stuttgart
UNIVERSITEIT VAN ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Address
Groenenborglaan, 171
2020 Antwerpen
UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Trinity College
Dublin 2
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Address
Oakfield Avenue, Rankine Building
G12 8LT Glasgow
UNIVERSITY OF LUND
Sweden
Address
Ole Romers Vag, 1118
221 00 Lund
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Trumpington Street
CB2 1PZ Cambridge
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Free School Lane
CB2 3RF Cambridge
University of Wales, Cardiff
United Kingdom
Address

CF1 1XL Cardiff
Université de Montpellier II (Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc)
France
Address
Place Eugène Bataillon
34060 Montpellier
École Normale Supérieure
France
Address
24 Rue Lhomond
75231 Paris