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Dynamic electromechanical control of semiconductor nanostructures by acoustic fields

Dynamic electromechanical control of semiconductor nanostructures by acoustic fields

Objective

The dynamic modulation of semiconductor structures using vibrations provides a powerful tool for the control of the materials properties required for novel functionalities. Surface acoustic waves (SAWs) with GHz-frequencies and micrometre-size wavelength can be generated using piezoelectric transducers fabricated with standard integrated circuit technology. Their small propagation velocity and high sensitivity to disturbances confined to a superficial region have long been exploited in electronic signal processing and sensor applications. The SAW-induced modulation of the electro-optical properties of semiconductor structures is now been used for a wide range of applications including advanced sensors, the control of chemical processes, as well as the coherent control of carriers, spins, photons, and phonons down to the single-particle level. The latter are presently been exploited for different functionalities including advanced waveguide modulators, tuneable optical resonators, and single-electron pumps and single-photon sources.
SAWTrain puts together leading groups from Europe, Asia and North America working on SAWs on semiconductor and related nanostructures to create a PhD training network. The synergy resulting from the expertise of these groups will provide PhD students with training opportunities far superior to those offered in existing PhD programmes. Training in research skills with secondments at different hosts will cover state-of-the-art research in the interdisciplinary areas of basic physics, materials, technology, and device concepts related to SAWs. This will be achieved by exposing the trainees to multiple secondments, mandatory co-supervision from different institutions, including a non-academic mentorship. The coordinated training will further contain topical courses, schools, conferences, and workshops and be complemented by measures to develop key competences and transferable skills, fostering the future career plan of the young researchers.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET AUGSBURG

Address

Universitaetsstrasse 2
86159 Augsburg

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

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UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 495 745,92

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

TOSHIBA RESEARCH EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642688

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2015

  • End date

    31 May 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 855 693,24

  • EU contribution

    € 3 855 693,24

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET AUGSBURG

Germany