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All Solid-State Super-Twinning Photon Microscope

All Solid-State Super-Twinning Photon Microscope

Objective

The goal of the project is to develop the technology foundation for an advanced optical microscope imaging at a resolution beyond the Rayleigh limit, which is set by the photon wavelength. The proposed microscope technique is based on super-twinning photon states (N-partite entangled states) with the de Broglie wavelength equal to a fraction of the photon wavelength. Such microscopy technique will comprise building blocks for object illumination, capturing of scattered twinning photons and data processing. Based on advanced group-III nitride and III-V alloy epitaxial growths and wafer processing techniques we will build the first solid-state emitter of highly entangled photon states, utilizing the cooperative effect of Dicke superradiance (super-fluorescence) emission. Single-photon avalanche detector arrays with data pre-processing capabilities sufficient for capturing high-order field correlation functions of scattered twinning photons will be developed. A dedicated data processing algorithm for extracting the image of an illuminated object from the statistics of scattered twinning photons will complement the hardware. The project goal is to demonstrate imaging at 42 nm spatial resolution using 5-partite entangled photons at 420 nm wavelength. This quantum imaging technology will open the way for compact, portable, super-resolution microscope techniques, with no moving parts and no requirements to the optical properties of the sample.
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

Address

Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 554 750

Participants (8)

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A.P.E. RESEARCH SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 297 656

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 703 025

III-V LAB

France

EU Contribution

€ 552 046

SINGLE QUANTUM BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 218 750

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 474 101

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 468 718,75

B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Belarus

EU Contribution

€ 222 500

LFOUNDRY SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 434 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 686731

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 939 516,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 925 921,75

Coordinated by:

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

Italy