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Exciton-polaritons in microcavities: physics and devices

Objective

The discovery of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) of exciton-polaritons in 2006 and the demonstration of room-temperature polariton lasing in 2007 have opened the way to realisation of a new generation of optoelectronic devices referred to as polariton devices. The research on exciton-polaritons and polaritonics allows the quantum effects of superfluidity, entanglement, squeezing of light to be brought to the everyday life and used in new light sources, optical switches, modulators and memory elements. The fundamental principles of polariton physics have been established by our previous networks "CLERMONT" and "CLERMONT2" within the 5th and 6th FP. The breakthrough achieved in 2006-2007 brings the polaritonics on a new level and makes its rapid development in Europe an overall strategic priority. Our present consortium composed by 10 European academic teams and supported by 6 leading industrial groups has a critical mass in polariton physics and technology. We intend to form a new generation of solid state physicists able to maintain the European leadership in this rapidly developing interdisciplinary research field. Four of the present partners took part in the discovery of the BEC of polaritons and polariton lasing, six others have given key contributions into polaritonics over the last decade. The Coordinator of the project holds the Marie Curie Chair of Excellence "Polariton Devices" at the university of Rome. We propose 16 full term PhD and 3 postdoc projects to be realized at two network nodes each with a compulsary training in industry. We shall organize the international conference on Optics of Excitons in Confined Systems in 2009, 3 international conferences on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures and 2 Summer Schools on Nanophotonics. The project will form a world-leading international team of researchers capable to implement the ideas of polaritonics in a new generation of optoelectronic devices.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/optoelectronics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 492 990,23
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Novelli (Prof.)

Participants (9)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 847 527,11
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Mere (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
EU contribution
€ 533 574,12
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ella Bouquet (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 373 358
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 255 073,30
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pavlos Lagoudakis (Prof.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 449 469,66
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Keith Cann (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 258 052,67
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wendy Harle (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 412 677,86
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ana Amigo (Ms.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 314 570,54
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zinovia Papatheodorou (Ms.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 340 828,27
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Grandjean (Prof.)