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Infrared sensing made visible: Combining infrared light sources and upconversion sensors for improved sensitivity in medical applications and gas analysis

Infrared sensing made visible: Combining infrared light sources and upconversion sensors for improved sensitivity in medical applications and gas analysis

Objective

The mid-infrared (mid-IR) wavelength range is an emerging and important new topic for frontier research. Its general importance relates to a multitude of mid-IR industrial and biomedical sensor applications. Chemical finger prints of most complex molecules such as those found in food, tissue or catalytic compounds all have vibrational spectra in the mid-IR, thus identifiable through mid-IR spectroscopy. Incidentally also the fundamental absorption bands of gas molecules are located in the mid-IR enabling novel instrumentation for mid-IR gas spectroscopy at small concentrations relevant for applications like, “leak-tests” or remote sensing of greenhouse gases.
The main obstacle for the exploitation of the mid-IR optical window has been a historical lack of efficient mid-IR excitation light sources and sensitive mid-IR detectors/imaging. In mid-TECH we have gathered the best European academic and industrial partners to show that in a combined effort both technological short comings can be overcome paving the way for novel instrumentation for industry and society. Key elements are novel semiconductor based Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs), rugged mid-IR Optical Parametrical Oscillators combined with novel, record “low noise” mid-IR upconversion detection and imaging. These two building blocks will be implemented for cancer diagnostics, for combustion analysis and absorption/DIAL spectroscopy.
Since we are combining frontier research within different mid-IR areas we do not at present have the necessary skilled researchers knowing the combined mid-IR enabling components. It is a main goal of mid-TECH to train 15 ESRs to an outstanding level where they subsequently to their study can act as Europe’s new cross-sectorial technical experts in mid-IR technology at one hand and at the same time fill in a much needed link between academia and industry. This is realized through entrepreneurial courses and secondments between the mid-TECH partners.
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Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Address

Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 160 327,52

Participants (7)

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 747 649,44

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 495 745,92

NKT PHOTONICS A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

RADIANT LIGHT SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

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HALDOR TOPSOE AS

FOSS ANALYTICAL AS

EAGLEYARD PHOTONICS GMBH

Quantiox GmbH

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND

IRSEE Aps

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642661

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 001 129,28

  • EU contribution

    € 4 001 129,28

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark