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Plasmon enhanced Photonics

Objective

All photonic components need metallic or partly conductive contacts, which inherently give rise to plasmon effects when light is involved. Although such effects have often been regarded as unwanted by causing electronic damping effects and radiation losses, recent research efforts in this field have shown that by clever engineering and by understanding the physical sources for such losses, plasmonic effects have the potential to enhance photonic components. There is wealth of new plasmonic phenomena, such as enhanced transmission, optical field enhancement, and sub-wavelength focusing that has been pioneered by the European research community. This paves the way for a new generation of photonic components, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and photodetectors, where their performance, (e.g. external quantum efficiency, speed, and noise) is enhanced through plasmon effects. The proposed project aims to prove the concept of plasmon enhanced photonic devices for industrial applications related to emission/detection.

This goal can be translated into 3 distinct levels of objectives, ranging from:
1. Exploratory plasmon research aimed at concepts and phenomena that can be exploited in the targeted applications.
2. Investigation of specific plasmon enhancing structures for emitters and detectors, along with an investigation of the technologies to implement them.
3. Achieve a proof of concept of plasmon enhanced photonics devices in 2 applications:
(a) Inorganic LEDs: enhancing electrical to optical energy conversion.
(b) Silicon photodetectors: Improving signal-to-noise ratio and increasing speed.

The project involves 6 major actors from theoretical and experimental research, as well as 2 large industrials, leaders in solid state lighting, and photodetection.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Address
Rue Jaquet-droz 1
2007 Neuchatel
Switzerland

Participants (7)

OSRAM OPTO SEMICONDUCTORS GMBH
Germany
Address
Wernerwerkstrasse 2
93049 Regensburg
SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE S.A.
France
Address
Le Ponant De Paris 27 Rue Leblanc
75015 Paris
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
THE QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
University Road
Belfast
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Calle Einstein1, Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
Madrid
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR STRASBOURG I
France
Address
4, Rue Blaise Pascal
67070 Strasbourg