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Overcoming the Limits of Diffraction with Superresolution Lighting on a Chip

Objective

The physical laws of diffraction generally limit the spatial resolution of optical systems, being about 200 nm for light in the visible range. Within ChipScope we want to overcome this limit by developing the scientific and technological basis for a completely new approach to optical superresolution, based on semiconductor nano Light Emitting Diode (nanoLED) arrays with individual pixel operation. The core idea of ChipScope is to use spatially resolved illumination instead of spatially resolved detection for achieving microscopy functionality with superresolution. This will be made possible by developing chip-based nanoLED arrays with light emitting diode (LED) dimensions and distances much smaller than the wavelength of visible light (i.e. below the Abbe's limit). Thus, ChipScope will develop the highest resolution LED arrays in the world. These new devices will enable novel science in general and superresolution in particular. Making optical superresolution ubiquitously available is expected to lead to foundational breakthroughs in virtually every field of research and technology that makes use of optical microscopes. Within the project, the first chip-sized “ChipScope microscopes” will be developed, tested, calibrated and compared with state-of-the-art microscopy systems. During the course of the project, a game changing real-time imaging device for scientific investigation of living tissue will be used to study the in-cell mechanisms in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) syndrome as a proof-of-concept of the new science and applications that will follow.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /social sciences/law

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 010 338,75

Participants (7)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 925 060
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 332 088,75
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EXPERT YMAGING SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 209 033,75
Address
Calle Consell De Cent 494 Quinto
08013 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 546 268,75
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 203 125
Address
Spitalgasse 23
1090 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDATION SUISSE POUR LA RECHERCHEEN MICROTECHNIQUE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 189 500
Address
Ruelle Dupeyrou 4
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 344 375
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments