The 2+ um short-wave infrared spectral band has been gaining constant momentum in the recent years, driven by a plethora of potential applications whose performances could be improved either in terms of sensitivity, security, reach or efficiencies. Opening this wavelength range for widespread usage necessarily requires developing new technologies such as fibre lasers, which have already found wide use at 1.0 and 1.5 um.
We propose in this ERC Proof of Concept project SWIP to move our nanosecond pulsed 2+ um fibre laser technology closer to commercialization. Advanced prototypes will be tailored to satisfy user needs such as portability, affordability and versatility while delivering the required performances to fully exploit the 2+ um spectral band. The project will push the operation of extremely simple, compact 2 um fibre lasers with customized pulsing and towards wavelengths yet un-exploited by utilizing novel co-doped fibres.
More specifically, the objectives of this PoC are therefore to A) optimize and tailor our prototype to user needs, B) assess our competitive advantages in key and emerging markets, C) investigate various commercialization avenues and business models as to establish a sound exploitation strategy.
Funding SchemeERC-POC-LS - ERC Proof of Concept Lump Sum Pilot