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On-chip PHotonics Erbium-doped Laser for LIdar Applications

Objective

Miniaturized, yet highly sensitive and fast LiDAR systems serve market demands for their use on platforms ranging from robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles (cars, trains, boats, etc.) that are mostly used in complex environments. The widespread use of high performance LiDAR tools faces a need for cost and size reduction. A key component of a LiDAR system is the light source.

Very few laser light sources exist that provide sufficient performance to achieve the required distance range, distance resolution and velocity accuracy of the emerging applications identified in LiDAR roadmaps. The available sources, namely single mode or multimode laser diodes and fiber lasers, are either very costly, not sufficiently robust or not compact enough.

In OPHELLIA, we will investigate advanced materials and integration technologies directed to produce novel PIC building blocks, namely high gain, high output power (booster) amplifiers and on-chip isolators that are not yet available in a PIC format with the required performance. The novel building blocks will be monolithically integrated onto the Si3N4 generic photonic platform to produce high performance laser sources with unprecedented high coherence and high power, which will have a profound impact on the performance of the systems. Advanced packaging will further contribute to a dramatic reduction of the overall cost.

To achieve this ambitious goal, OPHELLIA will leverage the expertise of its consortium members, ranging from materials, integration technologies and PIC design to packaging and LiDAR systems integration, which covers the full chain from innovation to the deployment of the technology in a relevant environment. The successful realization of OPHELLIA will not only represent a milestone towards the widespread utilization of LiDAR systems, but the developed building blocks will also have an enormous impact in other emerging application fields such as datacom/telecom, sensing/spectroscopy and quantum technology.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
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Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 365 000

Participants (7)

KEOPSYS INDUSTRIES
France
EU contribution
€ 757 875
Address
2 Rue Paul Sabatier
22300 Lannion
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LIONIX INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 496 250
Address
Hengelosestraat 500
7521 AN Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VANGUARD AUTOMATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 379 250
Address
Gablonzer Strasse 10
76185 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES
France
EU contribution
€ 450 181,25
Address
Tour Carpe Diem Place Des Corolles Esplanade Nord
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SICK AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 507 868,75
Address
Erwin Sick Strasse 1
79183 Waldkirch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RIEGL RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 100
Address
Riedenburgstrasse 48
3580 Horn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEMATYS
France
EU contribution
€ 311 250
Address
6 Cite De Trevise
75009 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)