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Compact High pErformance QUantum cascadE laseR Sensors

Objective

In this proposal we describe a timely and disruptive solution to the long-standing and vexing problem of the rapid stand-off detection of explosive, toxic or otherwise hazardous materials which are present within potential- or post-terrorist attack or industrial accident sites. We will achieve this by realising highly sensitive, state-of-the-art handheld and tripod-mounted instruments based upon active hyperspectral imaging and detection. These will exploit the deep infrared molecular fingerprint waveband region, where these hazardous compounds exhibit their strongest and most distinctive optical absorption features. Crucially, by keeping our goal fixed on the needs of the end-user, we will realise high-TRL devices which are cost-effective, lightweight and highly utile. Within the lifetime of this project, these will ready for evaluation in end-use scenarios (as opposed to mere laboratory-based demonstration). Our consortium is uniquely placed to prosecute this programme as is it comprises world leading workers in every technology upon which this solution depends, from quantum-cascade laser source, MEMS and detector growth expertise to advanced imaging, signals processing and device integration. One refined, the technology we will pioneer will be evaluated by civil security partners who will implement them in a number of likely end-use scenarios, thus proving the potency and utility of our technology.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/signal processing
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MODUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION LIMITED
Address
7-11 Melville Street
EH3 7PE Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 34 133,30

Participants (6)

M-SQUARED LASERS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 744 575
Address
Venture Building 1 Kelvin Campus Maryhill Road West Of Scotland Science Park
G20 0SP Glasgow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 207 260
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER UK RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 548 270
Address
Cathedral Street - Univeristy Of Strathclyde 347
G1 2TB Glasgow
Activity type
Research Organisations
VIGO SYSTEM S.A.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 634 000
Address
Poznanska 129/133
05-850 Ozarow Mazowiecki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUNDESKRIMINALAMT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Am Treptower Park 5-8
12435 Berlin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
KITE INNOVATION (EUROPE) LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 67 429,70
Address
3M Buckley Innovation Centre
HD1 3BD Huddersfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)