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Multi-scale fibre-based optical frequency combs: science, technology and applications

Project description

Training network on optical frequency combs

An optical frequency comb is a very precise tool for measuring different frequencies of light. The technology, made possible by recent advances in ultrafast lasers, can accurately measure much higher frequencies than any other tool. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska Curie programme, the MEFISTA project will train six young researchers in the field. Researchers will conduct research on novel techniques for generating specialised laser waveforms, mid-infrared tuneable dual-comb sources, and manufacturing of mode-locked fibre lasers. Special focus will be placed on the use of frequency combs in laser radar/LIDAR in autonomous cars. The initiative will foster collaboration between academic and industrial partners, enriching EU research and innovation in optical frequency comb technologies.


The key photonic technology that enables a cluster of applications and so is a driving force for an expanding photonic market in the context of addressing the global challenges is an optical frequency comb (OFC) technology based on mode locked femtosecond lasers (MLFLs). To respond to the huge demand for qualified experts on OFC technologies, we envisaged and are proposing European Training Network (ETN) “Multi-scale fibre-based optical frequency combs: science, technology and applications” (MEFISTA). MEFISTA will provide a world class advanced training programme (TP) to 6 early stage researchers (ESRs) to the level of the next generation of leaders in the fields MLFLs-based OFCs technologies, by exploiting challenging interaction between academy (Aston, UPC, ULille, EPFL and DTU) and industry (NKT and RDM). MEFISTA aims research and training collaborations that will help ESRs to acquire unique knowledge and research skills on OFC technology from the theory to implementation: development of novel mode- locking techniques and speciality fibres and waveguides for MLFLs, mid-infrared (mid-IR) tuneable dual combs sources for molecular fingerprinting, design and characterisation of dual comb MLFLs, and MLFLs manufacturing. A special focus will be the industrial applications related to development and trial tests of MLFLs in the context of autonomous driving (car-object distance ranging, object recognition, moving objects speed tracing: Doppler LIDAR). 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 on nonlinear science, laser physics, fibre optics, and autonomous driving technologies and transferable skills including Research Integrity, Gender Dimension in Research, and Open Science. The TP will be also supported by synergistic merging the expertise of 4 academic, two non-academic beneficiaries and 1 academic partners from 5 countries.


Net EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Aston triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
United Kingdom

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (5)