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Applications and Fundamentals of Microresonator Frequency Combs

Project description

Fostering European leadership in microcomb science and applications

High-precision optical frequency combs, often called optical rulers, have had a tremendous impact on metrology and spectroscopy in recent years. Advanced fabrication technology of optical microcavities or microresonators has enabled the development of microcombs that have dramatically amplified the optical field and are at the frontier of new optical sources and applications. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the MICROCOMB project is training a new cohort of researchers in disruptive microcomb technology to establish a leadership position for Europe and enhance its competitiveness in this rapidly growing field.


The proposed network will establish and support cross-sectorial training and research programme bringing together leading European academic and industrial centers working in the area of optical frequency combs in microresonators (microcombs). The programme will allow to combine and share some of the world leading experience and expertise in the microcombs and train a new generation of scientists in this actively developing area bordering physics and photonic engineering and having pronounced applied and fundamental dimensions. The frequency comb research itself is the Nobel prize winning area (T. Hänsch and J. Hall, 2005), while the microcombs can qualify as an emerging disruptive technology. Europe still lacks a structured and comprehensive training programme in this area, which is proposed by our consortium, while facing a growing competiton with its global rivals. This programme will have a lasting impact increasing European innovation capacity through expanding knowledge base, new IP, trained personnel, better equipped laboratories and future collaborations leading to product development. Our project addresses research and technology problems with interdisciplinary importance from the areas of precision frequency metrology, ultrafast data processing, optical to RF signal conversion, astronomical measurements and soliton physics. Early stage researchers involved into the proposed network will receive broad and well balanced training in device characterisation and fabrication, experimental techniques and theory and modeling in best academic, research center and industrial environments. A programme of secondments and network wide events will ensure highest levels of cross-country and academia-industry mobility for our researchers. Soft-skills training events organised by such industrial consortium members as IBM, Menlo and AIRBUS will provide our researchers with career perspectives beyond their immediate research focus.


Net EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
BA2 7AY Bath
United Kingdom

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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 606 345,12

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Partners (5)