PLASMONIC INNOVATIVE SENSING IN THE IR (PLAISIR)

Agreement no. 247991
Duration: 01/01/2010-31/12/2012
Overall budget: EUR 3,671,858.00
EU contribution: EUR 2,850,000.00
Project Coordinator: Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (Switzerland)
Participants: VIGO System S.A. (Poland), Xenics NV (Belgium), Photon Design (United Kingdom), University of Zaragosa (Spain), Technical University Dresden (Germany), Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)

The aim of this project was to transfer the latest advances in plasmonics achieved in the visible to the mid-IR. The main objectives of the project are:

  1. To look at the fundamental limits and develop new simulation tools for plasmons in the mid-IR,
  2. To develop plasmon enhanced surfaces for spectroscopic chemical sensing (SCS),
  3. To use plasmon enhanced surfaces for light harvesting technology.

The term plasmonics refers to the investigation, development and application of enhanced electromagnetic properties of metallic (nano-) structures and is starting to find applications in a range of photonic devices such as VCSELs and high speed photodetectors.