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SiC optical nano-strain-meters for pico-detection in Geosciences (SiC nano for picoGeo)

Project description

Detecting nanoscale shakes and quakes will enhance crisis management

As populations increase, more and more people are living near volcanoes and seismic faults. Accurate and precise measurement of slow-moving and small strain transients preceding volcanic eruptions and earthquakes is critical to the protection of infrastructure and human lives. Silicon carbide (SiC), particularly in a three-layer stacked cubic crystalline form (3C-SiC), has gained increasing attention as a highly sensitive mechanical strain sensor. The EU-funded SiC nano for PicoGeo project is developing a novel ground strain measurement system for geohazard monitoring that exploits this unique material. It has the potential to detect strain with approximately 100 times greater sensitivity than current technology. Use of fibre lasers for all-optical closed-loop operation will enable electronic readout from locations remote to the sensor location.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 012 855

Participants (6)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 405 576,25
Address
Via Di Vigna Murata 605
00143 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
NOVASIC SA
France
EU contribution
€ 390 000
Address
Savoie Technolac Arche Bat 4 Alle Du Lac D Aiguebelette 17
73375 Le Bourget Du Lac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MOVERIM CONSULTING SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 260 291,25
Address
Square Ambiorix 32
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 291 952,50
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
SISGEO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 115 137,50
Address
Via Filippo Serpero 4/F1
20060 Masate
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IRACI CAPPUCCINELLO ANTONINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 261 023,50
Address
Via Di Marco
94010 Nissoria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)