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High Performance Alexandrite Crystals and Coatings for High Power Space Applications

Objective

Space-based earth observation missions are an essential building block gaining the data to understand our planet. In particular, space missions which are enhanced by laser-based instruments enable new ways of monitoring the atmosphere or the planet’s surface.
The availability of space-qualified TRL 6 high performance coated Alexandrite laser crystals within Europe is a major enabling technology for future earth observation space missions. For this reason, the GALACTIC project aims for the creation of the complete supply chain solely by European industry for high performance, high quality, high power, coated Alexandrite laser crystals. For this goal, two industrial partners and a research institute team up to combine their complementing expertise and reach this ambitious goal. Optomaterials S.r.l. (Italy) as expert in single crystal growth will advance Alexandrite crystal growth and machining techniques to produce high-quality Alexandrite laser crystals. Altechna Coatings (Lithuania) will contribute its expertise on high performance optical coatings and characterization methods to develop space-compliant, highly durable optical coatings specifically tailored for Alexandrite pulsed laser operation. Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany) as a research institute with strong experience in the development of laser sources for space applications will develop demonstrator laser systems based on the newly developed Alexandrite crystals proving their superior lasing performance.
The combined forces of these outstanding partners will enable a detailed TRL 6 qualification of the coated Alexandrite crystals within the GALACTIC project making these crystals a new purely European product to be utilized in future space missions by the space industry.
The development will by accompanied by strategic dissemination activities promoting the activities of GALACTIC to a broad audience.
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Coordinator

LZH LASERZENTRUM HANNOVER EV

Address

Hollerithallee 8
30419 Hannover

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 668 162,50

Participants (2)

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OPTO MATERIALS S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 863 250

UAB ALTECHNA COATINGS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 467 715

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 870427

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 January 2020

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 999 127,50

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 127,50

Coordinated by:

LZH LASERZENTRUM HANNOVER EV

Germany