This will be achieved by implementing an on–chip optical heterodyne measurement, using a new semiconductor laser developed during the ERC Starting Grant project, DANCER. The proof of concept-funded project will create a gas sensor chip capable of detecting methane at sub 10-ppm levels in real-time; and / or a water quality sensor that can detect pesticides in water at sub ppm levels. The Nanophotonics group at CAPPA uses nanoscale devices (smaller than a hairs’ width) to control and manipulate light. By nanostructuring high refractive index silicon based materials, light can be confined in volumes on the order of a cubic wavelength. A particular goal of the group is the demonstration of low power consumption optical interconnects based on low capacitance photonic crystal cavities that are compatible with the fabrication processes of the electronics industry. The group’s main research goal is the realisation of a new family of low power optical interconnects using nanophotonics.
About HERCULES Research
HERCULES is funded through the ERC Proof of Concept grants of €150,000. This top-up funding is awarded to ERC grantees to explore the innovation potential of their scientific discoveries and bring the results of their frontier research closer to market.