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R&D Project
FEMTOCHIP

We are laying the foundation for low-noise, high-performance,
coin-sized femtosecond laser technology that will then be available to science and industry at a fraction of the usual cost

 
 

OUR MOTIVATION

Femtosecond lasers have become an indispensable part of research. They can be used to study ultrafast processes in materials and molecules, and their potential for applications in fields as diverse as optical telecommunications, quantum technologies or optical spectroscopy is great. However, these lasers are traditionally relatively large and quite expensive. A consortium consisting of Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Germany, the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Aalto University in Finland, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the company LIGENTEC SA from Switzerland and EurA from Germany, has set out to provide the same functionality in a much smaller and less expensive way: on a microchip.

THE PROJECT'S TARGETS

The combined expertise of experts in ultrafast laser technology, micro-integration, materials science and industrial applications aims to jointly overcome the many technical hurdles that have so far made femto-custom lasers on chips impossible.
The laser flashes will later be produced with ultra-high precision directly on the microchip. Everything that has to be small or mobile and needs precisely timed laser pulses could benefit from this - for example, medical diagnostics, mobile environmental sensors, navigation systems and quantum technologies.

Project's coordinator:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

Lead scientists:

  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz X. Kärtner

  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron: Prof. Dr. Tobias Herr

  • LIGENTEC SA: Dr. Michael Geiselmann

  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne: Prof. Dr. Tobias J. Kippenberg

  • Aalto University: Prof. Zhipei Sun

  • University of Twente: Prof. Dr. Sonia M. García Blanco

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 965124

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NEWS

 

OUR PARTNERS

Lead Organization:

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OPEN POSITIONS

DESY are looking for a PhD student in the Department of Physics, Universität Hamburg

Ligentec are looking for an Application Engineer

in Integrated Photonics

Ligentec are looking for a Process Engineer

in Integrated Photonics

 
 

CONTACT

You are interested in the FEMTOCHIP project and would like
to learn more about it?
We look forward to hearing from you by e-mail
(
femtochip@desy.de), via the form on this page or by phone.
Choose your status:

Thank you for your interest! We will contact you.

PROJECT MANAGER

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PROF. DR.-ING. FRANZ X. KÄRTNER

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

answers your questions:

+49 40 8998 6350

PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER

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DR. THOMAS SCHWARZBÄCK

EurA AG

answers your questions:

+49 7961 9256-251