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Microphotonics-based frequency combs for habitable exoplanet detection

Project description

Microresonator astrocombs could boost searches for habitable exoplanets

The EU-funded STARCHIP project is developing a new type of laser frequency comb that could lead to improvements in how scientists search for habitable exoplanets. Laser frequency combs produce spectral lines of light with evenly spaced frequencies that can help observe minute wavelength shifts in the optical spectra of the exoplanet host stars. However, obtaining such frequency comb spectra with resolvable lines is extremely challenging. STARCHIP’s novel class of photonic-chip microresonator-based astrocombs will provide broadband spectra of resolvable lines, potentially from visible to mid-infrared wavelengths, thereby overcoming key challenges in astrocomb generation.

Host institution

DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY
Net EU contribution
€ 1 950 000,00
Address
Notkestrasse 85
22607 Hamburg
Germany

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Region
Hamburg Hamburg Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 950 000,00
Address
Notkestrasse 85
22607 Hamburg

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Region
Hamburg Hamburg Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00