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metasurface-Integrated Light Detection and Ranging

Project description

Superfast light modulation and detection technology supports pioneering object recognition

LIDAR stands for light detection and ranging, a remote sensing method that uses a pulse of laser light to measure the distance to an object. Together with other data, it can generate precise 3D information about the object. Consisting of a scanner, a laser and a GPS receiver, LIDAR has been around for over 50 years but only recently shot to stardom with the advent of GPS systems. From improving maps of shorelines to assisting in emergency response operations to applications in the military, LIDAR is here to stay. i-LiDAR plans to ratchet up the scanning speed with state-of-the-art materials that generate ground-breaking electromagnetic and photonic phenomena. Superfast visual recognition enabling superfast reactions could benefit numerous civilian and military applications.


The “i-LiDAR” PoC project addresses the realisation of high-resolution and high-frame rate imaging systems. Relying on a combination of newly developed planar optical components, known as metasurfaces to achieve large deflection angles, with existing opto-mechanical systems, known for their high-speed light modulations, we will realize new light detection and ranging devices. The proof of concept devices are of great interests for both civil and military applications. Improving the scanning rate by orders of magnitude while preserving a continuous beam steering capabilities, could enable new high-speed applications. Fast imaging i-LiDAR system could be of interest for self-driven cars, giving them sufficiently fast ‘‘visual’’ recognition in order to adjust the driving conditions in real time, for example to drive on highways



Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
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