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

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

Objective

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.

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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

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Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 Da Den Haag

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 846 920

Administrative Contact

Sjoukje Wiegersma (Ms.)

Participants (8)

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INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 374 067

IBM RESEARCH GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 347 909

VERTILAS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 259 080

MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 212 511

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 595 682

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 348 959

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 214 820

TE CONNECTIVITY NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 219 267

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 287874

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    30 November 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 959 706

  • EU contribution

    € 3 419 215

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands