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Overcoming the Limits of Diffraction with Superresolution Lighting on a Chip

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Address

Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 944 572,50

Participants (7)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 896 875

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 332 088,75

EXPERT YMAGING SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 302 985

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 546 268,75

MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 203 125

FONDATION SUISSE POUR LA RECHERCHEEN MICROTECHNIQUE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 189 500

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 344 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 737089

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 759 790

  • EU contribution

    € 3 759 790

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain