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Continuous Wave, Tunable Monolithic Frequency Converter

Continuous Wave, Tunable Monolithic Frequency Converter

Objective

UVALITH proposes to advance optical frequency conversion technology developed for the FET Proactive project QUIC
(Quantum Simulation of Insulators and Conductors) toward industrial and biomedical use. Optical frequency converters use
nonlinear optical processes such as second harmonic generation to produce coherent light at wavelengths that are not
available, or not efficient, with existing laser sources. Importantly, optical frequency converters can reach near-ultraviolet
(UVA) wavelengths, employed in biological and medical applications based on fluorescent biomarkers. In QUIC, we have
developed a monolithic frequency converter, in which a single nonlinear optical crystal acts simultaneously as an optical
resonator, frequency converter, and tuning system. The resulting device is compact and extremely stable, and efficiently
converts inexpensive near-infrared (NIR) light into coherent UVA. UVALITH will advance this recently-patented technology
from the laboratory proof-of-principle stage to a technology level suitable for uptake by industrial and commercial actors,
including advances in scalability, versatility and reliability.
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Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Address

Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 98 958,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 800901

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 August 2018

  • End date

    31 January 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 140 416,25

  • EU contribution

    € 98 958,75

Coordinated by:

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Spain