MIRPHAB (Mid InfraRed PHotonics devices fABrication for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications)

Acronym: MIRPHAB
Duration: 01.01.2016 – 30.06.2021 
Total cost: € 16 367 797,07
EU contribution: € 12 980 217,39


MIRPHAB consortium aims to create a pilot line which will be able to response for the growing needs of European industry for miniaturized gas sensor and other spectroscopic applications.

Main objectives of the Project are:

–             To provide the stable delivery of  the reliable mid-infrared (MIR) photonic components for companies, in particular SMEs already active in MIR sensing market

–             reduce investment costs to access innovative MIR solutions for companies already active in the field of gas sensing or optical spectroscopy, however with none or small experience in MIR range sensing,

–             attract companies new to the field of gas analysis, aiming to integrate full miniaturized sensors into their products.

To fulfil those objectives, MIRPHAB is organized as a distributed pilot line formed by leading European industrial suppliers of MIR photonic components, complemented by top-class European R&D institutes with processing labs capable to fulfill the needs of pilot-line production..

MIRPHAB provides:

–             access to MIR photonic devices viamounted / packaged devices for laser-based analytical MIR sensors

–             expert design for sensor components to be fabricated in the pilot line plus training services to its customers.


The platform will be organized such that new developments in MIR micro- and integrated optic components and modules can be taken up and incorporated into the MIRPHAB portfolio. The consortium will work on a convincing scheme  for the flow of hardware and information, suitable to operate a disturbed pilot line efficiently. MIRPHAB will develop sound business cases and a compelling business plan. Potential cost-performance breakthroughs will be shown for reliable MIR sensing products based on building blocks provided by MIRPHAB. The consortium will become a sustainable source of key components for new and highly competitive MIR sensors, facilitating their effective market introduction and thus significantly strengthening the position and competitiveness of the respective European industry sector.

VIGO System role:

–             postprocessing and encapsulation of detectors manufactured by partners

–             characterization and assessment of the implementation readiness of new types of detectors

–             integration of detectors with electronics and passive elements,

–             active participation in an expert group, evaluation of submitted proposals,

–             integration of demonstrators or their building blocks for project clients.

Consortium members:

Laser technologies: Nanoplus, Alpes lasers, Mirsense, IQE, Fraunhofer IAF, Fraunhofer IPT, CSEM, Compound Semiconductor Technologies

Passive elements: Fraunhofer IPMS, IMEC, Leti CEA tech

Detector technologies: Fraunhofer IAF, III-V Lab, VIGO System

Software: Synopsys (PhoeniX Software)

Business development: Tematys

Marketing, image and training: EPIC, Synopsys (PhoeniX Software)

Industrial partners: Electrolux, QUANTA RED Technologies NEO Monitors, Cascade Technologies

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