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Multiscale optical frequency combs: advanced technologies and applications

Project description

Training early-stage researchers in new optical frequency comb techniques

Photonic technologies can be advanced towards a wide range of applications, from spectroscopy to light detection and ranging, or LIDAR, systems used to determine an object’s position. The growth of the photonics market hinges on innovative solutions and qualified experts with multidisciplinary skills, not only in photonics but in micro- and nanotechnologies. Addressing this need, the EU-funded MOCCA project will provide four early-stage researchers (ESRs) a world-class training programme that will lift them to the level of next-generation leaders in the field of photonics. The programme will consist of hands-on research training, non-academic placements and advanced inter/multidisciplinary/intersectoral training. The ESRs will be trained to develop a new generation of optical frequency comb techniques.


The growth of the Photonics market and the great potential of Photonics in addressing global challenges creates a huge demand in innovative solutions and qualified experts with multidisciplinary skills in photonics and micro- and nano-technologies, able to advance photonic technologies towards applications ranging from spectroscopy to LIDARs. EID MOCCA responds to the huge demand of qualified experts, by providing for 4 early-stage researchers (ESRs) a world-class advanced training programme (TP), which will bring them to the level of the next generation of leaders in the field of photonics. The TP will be implemented through the unique combination of the “hands-on” research training, non-academic placements and advanced inter/multidisciplinary/inter-sectoral training, to attain scientific skills (nonlinear optics and laser physics, micro- and nano-technologies) and transferable skills. These are provided by the synergistic merging of the expertise of 3 academic, 2 non-academic beneficiaries and 1 non-academic and 2 academic partners from 4 countries. This will equip ESRs with a unique exprtise required to address global challenges such as global warming, improving accuracy of medical diagnostics, precision metrology and autonomous driving etc. MOCCA underpins innovative technological development across the entire range of photonics-based disciplines: laser physics and engineering, micro- and nano-photonic components and circuits. The unique Research Programme addresses demand in innovative solutions by developing a new generation of optical frequency comb (OFC) techniques, based on the expertise of world-leading academic and industrial partners. Research outcomes will result in new products, services and markets, based on advancing OFC generators with required characteristics in science, industry, and healthcare. In the social context, the EID outcomes will lead to raised public awareness on the economic and social impact of OFC techniques.


Net EU contribution
€ 303 172,56
B4 7ET Birmingham
United Kingdom

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 303 172,56

Participants (4)

Partners (3)