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Multilayer Photonic Circuits made by Nano-Imprinting of Waveguides and Photonic Crystals

Project description


Core and disruptive photonic technologies

The objective of FIREFLY is the introduction of novel polymer waveguide and photonic crystal structures based on highly structured 3D nano-hybrids into industrial applications by using a new cost effective production process for larger scale manufacturing. The target applications are optical waveguides and photonic structures for the manipulation of light in, for example, optical interconnects. The optical interconnects technology will initially be applied for data communication in high performance supercomputers, and eventually these optics will also find their way into high-end server systems, mid-range servers and in consumer-like applications such as high-end multimedia devices.Waveguides and photonic crystals based on polymers have been proven in a laboratory environment to be interesting technologies for light management. In most cases these structures are manufactured on small scale.

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We propose the use of a relatively new technology to manufacture these structures on a larger scale.The nano-hybrids will be manufactured using a combined approach of nano-imprint process in a polymer resins and self assembly of material in the polymer nano-structures. The nano-structures will be filled with new modified polymer compositions having a high refractive index and optical clarity at relevant wavelengths, necessary for waveguides, and with inorganic nanoparticles to prepare photonic crystals, for the manipulation of light for guiding the light in waveguides through sharp horizontal and vertical bends. Some material developments are needed: new silicone polymers that will be modified for improved optical properties such as low optical loss and tuneable refractive index, and new inorganic particles that will combine a high refractive index with a very high level of monodispersity.The manufacturing process will be suitable for up-scaling to an industrial process. This new bottom-up approach will enable the development of hybrid materials with new optical properties.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2011-7
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 846 920
Administrative Contact
Sjoukje Wiegersma (Ms.)

Participants (8)

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 374 067
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 347 909
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bert Jan Offrein (Dr.)
VERTILAS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 259 080
Address
Daimlerstrasse 11D
85748 Garching
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Ortsiefer (Dr.)
MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 212 511
Address
Chemiepark Leverkusen Gebaude
51373 Leverkusen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jos Delis (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 595 682
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mikko Karppinen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 348 959
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Conor Delaney (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 214 820
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pieter Thijssen (Mr.)
TYCO ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 219 267
Address
Rietveldenweg 32
5222AR S Hertogenbosch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Willem Rietveld (Mr.)