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Wide wavelength light sources for public welfare: high brightness laser diodes for Telecom, medical and environment use

Objective

High brightness laser diode technology is a key enabling technology for the information society of to-morrow, especially in the fields of health-care, telecommunication, environment and security. The development and achievements of the information society relies on a smart use of the information for applications such as imagery or telecommunications. The electron and the photon are the two main information carriers, the latter having taken an increased role since the end of the seventies, when engineers demonstrated the efficiency of optical fibre transmission. Since then, the demand for high brightness sources has increased continuously. Laser diodes already offer extraordinary compactness at a reasonable cost and now play a central role in telecommunications. However, their brightness still needs to be improved to spread their large-scale uptake across the Information Society; the main challenge is to couple more light power in smaller diameter fibres.

The WWW.BRIGHT.EU consortium proposes a long-term vision aiming at pushing the limits of the current laser diode technology towards higher brightness, and at demonstrating applications such as:
- Medical imagery for cancer therapy
- Amplifiers for telecommunication networks

The approach consists of mobilising the expertise of the main European actors of the laser diode core technology, and coupling it with highly innovative optical technologies e.g. smart cavity concepts for higher efficiency and tuneability. Industrialisation constraints will be widely addressed through packaging and reliability studies.

This project is intended to be the first phase of 24 months a more long-term and ambitious project; this first phase will allow on one hand the full assessment of a few targeted applications corresponding to strong market needs such as photodynamic therapy, on the other hand the development of core technologies for which the applications would be fully assessed in the second phase.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

ALCATEL THALES III V LAB
Address
Route De Nozay
91460 Marcoussis
France

Participants (21)

ALCATEL CIT
France
Address
Rue De La Baume 12
Paris
BAYERISCHE JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITAET WUERZBURG
Germany
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
BIOLITEC AG
Germany
Address
Winzerlaer Strasse 2 A
07745 Jena
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
75794 Paris Cedex 16
FERDINAND-BRAUN-INSTITUT IM FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN E.V.
Germany
Address
Albert-einstein-strasse 11
12489 Berlin
FISBA OPTIK AG
Switzerland
Address
Rorschacherstrasse 268
9016 St Gallen
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN E.V.
Germany
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
Forskningscenter Risoe
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
INSTITUT NATIONAL D'OPTIQUE - NATIONAL OPTICS INSTITUTE
Canada
Address
2740 Rue Einstein
G1P4S4 Sainte-foy (Qc)
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
Address
Patission Street 42
10682 Athens
INSTYTUT WYSOKICH CISNIEN POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
Address
Ul. Sokolowska 29/37
01142 Warzawa
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
221 00 Lund
OSRAM OPTO SEMICONDUCTORS GMBH
Germany
Address
Wernerwerkstrasse 2
93049 Regensburg
RAINBOW PHOTONICS AG
Switzerland
Address
Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zuerich
THALES
France
Address
45 Rue De Villiers
92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
THALES LASER DIODES SA
France
Address
Domaine De Corbeville
91400 Orsay
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
CB2 1TS Cambridge
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avenida Ramiro De Maeztu 7
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
Western Road
Cork