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SENSING USING QUANTUM OCT WITH AI

Objective

OCT is a key imaging technology, allowing non-contact high resolution 3D imaging which has helped to save the sight of millions of people. However, progress has stalled since reaching the axial resolution (dz) limit of 1 um. Quantum OCT (QOCT) offers a step change x2 improvement in dz and greatly reduces dispersion. In addition, control of orbital angular momentum (OAM) reduces noise and improves edge and surface profile definition and discrimination of chiral objects. SEQUOIA will deliver the highest resolution OCT system ever built, protected from noise by artificial intelligence (AI) based OAM control in a real-world application: retinal imaging.
Underpinning SEQUOIA is an ultra-stable, ultra-low noise comb source of unprecedented bandwidth (250-400 nm) which builds on NKT’s world-leading supercontinuum sources and adds new PTB techniques for stabilisation and noise control.
AI-based algorithms (UPV) will be used at TUD to program spatial light modulators to encode high purity high-dimensional OAM onto the QOCT beams to increase resilience to noise and improve imaging quality.
MPD will deliver new single-photon avalanche diode arrays specifically tailored for quantum imaging, to perform photon coincidence correlation at an unprecedented rate.
NOR’s world-leading classical OCT software will be extended to create the first ever QOCT software.
Theoretical work at NCU will develop the first mathematical models of noise in QOCT to optimise the spontaneous parametric downconversion.
PTB will perform metrological characterisation of all relevant parameters and DTU will quantify the QOCT advantage over classical OCT.
Retinal imaging using stable test standards from WWU will be performed, with automated AI-algorithms (UPV) to compare performance with classical OCT.
ARD will perform a detailed techno-economic and social life cycle analyses to evaluate future markets and impacts. VIV will coordinate an extensive dissemination programme with a high-profile Advisory Board.

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NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Net EU contribution
€ 1 223 750,00
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod
Denmark

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Danmark Hovedstaden Nordsjælland
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00

Participants (10)

PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 500 000,00
Address
Bundesallee 100
38116 Braunschweig

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Region
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Braunschweig, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
MICRO PHOTON DEVICES SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 754 000,00
Address
Via Waltraud Gebert Deeg 3/f
39100 Bolzano

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Est Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen Bolzano-Bozen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
NORBLIS APS
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 700 450,00
Address
Virumgade 35d
2830 Virum

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 481 485,00
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 905 000,00
Address
Anker Engelunds Vej 101
2800 Kongens Lyngby

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Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU
Poland
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€ 356 750,00
Address
Ul. Jurija Gagarina 11
87100 Torun

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Makroregion północny Kujawsko-pomorskie Bydgosko-toruński
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 510 375,00
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3a
46022 Valencia

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Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LEDEVELOPPEMENT D'INNOVATIONS ET DETECHNOLOGIES POUR LA PROTECTION DEL'HERITAGE ENVIRONNEMENTAL, SOCIAL
France
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€ 226 250,00
Address
48 Avenue Mont Rabeau
06200 Nice

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Alpes-Maritimes
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
VIVID COMPONENTS GERMANY UG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 293 500,00
Address
Dr Rorig Damm 22
33102 Paderborn

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Detmold Paderborn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 484 075,00
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Münster Münster, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00