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Wavelength conversIon in diSpersion engineereD Optical fibres for Mid-IR applications

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Organization address
address: Highfield
postcode: SO17 1BJ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2017-05-31


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 Project objective

Numerous high impact applications, in particular in medical diagnostics, environmental and industrial sensing would benefit from the development of wavelength-agile and cost-effective optical sources and detection schemes operating in the Mid-Infrared (MIR) region above ~2 µm wavelength. Existing MIR semiconductor technology and bulk nonlinear optics based solutions present many drawbacks and only partially meet the requirements of MIR applications. A more powerful and versatile approach to access the MIR spectrum relies on exploiting microstructured optical fibres (MOFs) made of MIR transmitting glasses. By exploiting nonlinear processes inside carefully designed fibres, MIR radiation can in principle be generated or detected using more mature Near-Infrared (NIR) sources or detectors. This approach offers three significant practical advantages: 1) it is wavelength-agile and reconfigurable; 2) it uses cost-effective and performant NIR source/detector technology; 3) it can generate compact, ruggedized and light-weight all-fibre devices. Despite a great potential, MIR nonlinear fibres are still a rather immature technology, due to the difficulty to fabricate fibres with suitable dispersive profiles in glasses with good infrared transmission. This task requires interdisciplinary skills in fields ranging from glass science, electromagnetics and waveguide modelling, to laser and nonlinear physics and experimental optics. This fellowship project will provide the opportunity to combine my glass science expertise with the host institution world-renown experience in nonlinear optics and MOF fabrication, with the aim to push MIR nonlinear fibre devices from an academic interest to a real technological reality. The project will target three enabling fibre devices and their use in high-impact applications: a coherent MIR supercontinuum source and two frequency conversion fibre devices for MIR gas sensing and telecoms interband wavelength conversion.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Joris Lousteau, Nicholas White, Andrea Ventura, Ali Masoudi, Francesco Poletti
Multimaterial Mid-Infrared Transmitting Fibre Bundle for Thermal Imaging
published pages: Abstract CE-9.3, ISSN: , DOI:
Conference on lasers and electro-optics (CLEO) Europe, Munich, Germany, 26-30 June 2017 2019-07-24
2016 Joris Lousteau, Walter Belardi, Francesco Poletti
Specialty optical fibres for space applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the International Conference on Space Optics 2019-07-24
2016 Joris Lousteau, Diego Pugliese, Nadia G. Boetti, Petr Janicek, Edoardo Ceci-Ginistrelli, Francesco Poletti and Daniel Milanese
Core/clad tellurite glass pairs for Mid-IR Supercontinuum Generation in high NA step index optical fibre
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Proceedings of the American Society - Glass & Optical Materials Division Meeting 2016 2019-07-24

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