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Nanoelectromechanical Infrared Detector

Project description

A breakthrough uncooled detector heralds a new era for terahertz technologies

The terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum hosts a wealth of intriguing interactions between radiation and matter. Potential applications include food and agriculture quality control, drug development, security screening, medical imaging, and environmental monitoring. The EU-funded NIRD project is working on a high-sensitivity uncooled detector that can sense terahertz radiation at room temperature. By coupling nanoplasmonic antennas to highly sensitive nanomechanical resonators, the uncooled detector could exceed the sensitivity of state-of-the-art liquid helium cooled bolometers by two orders of magnitude. This breakthrough detector will advance uncooled detectors into new realms of sensitivity, enabling terahertz technology to leave the laboratory for widespread use in many applications.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-PoC
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Funding Scheme

ERC-POC-LS - ERC Proof of Concept Lump Sum Pilot
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Host institution

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 140 000

Beneficiaries (2)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INVISIBLE-LIGHT LABS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Floragasse 7
1040 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)