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Integrated spectroscopic sensors for the risk assessment of fires

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EC-Contrib. €






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Project "FireSpec" data sheet

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Organization address
city: GENT
postcode: 9000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 149˙685 €
 EC max contribution 149˙685 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2017-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) coordinator 149˙685.00


 Project objective

Most fire deaths are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation. Toxic gases in smoke are beside heat and lack of oxygen the major lethal factor in uncontrolled fires. Drones are considered more and more as the ultimate assistants during firefighting operations. Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) provide critical top-down perspectives on dangerous areas. This is helpful in dealing with most fires, and especially important and effective when dealing with fires at high risk sites. There is an urgent need for small, low-weight, low power, real-time gas sensors with a high specificity that can be integrated in UAVs. Availability of such sensors could save lives as UAVs might detect and map toxic gas fields in fireplaces and evaluate how they spread. Besides integration in UAVs, such sensors can be integrated in firefighter’s cloths or installed in fire prone places. In FireSpec, we propose the concept of an integrated wavelength modulation spectroscopic sensor for real time hazardous gas detection based on a silicon photonics integrated chip comprising a series of InP lasers, a gasprobe and an InP detector. The wavelengths of the lasers are matched with the mid-infrared (MIR) absorption lines of the gasses to be detected. The concept directly builds upon knowledge and technology developed in the ERC-project Miracle (Mid-InfraRed Active photonic integrated Circuits for Life sciences and Environment). In Miracle, we are investigating and developing the field of photonic integrated circuits for the MIR wavelength band based on high-index contrast waveguide structures. To extend the functionality of the photonic integrated circuit, heterogeneous integration of other materials such as III-V dies, on the high index contrast waveguide system for particular optical functions, such as lasers and detectors is pursued. FireSpec technology is expected to be a game changer in mobile real time toxic gas detection applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 R. Wang, S. Sprengel, G. Boehm, R. Baets, M-C. Amann, G. Roelkens
Widely tunable 2.3 um InP-based type-II DFB laser array heterogeneously integrated in silicon for sensing
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Workshop on opportunities and challenges in mid-infrared laser-based gas sensing (mirsens 4) 2019-06-13
2017 Ruijun Wang, Stephan Sprengel, Gerhard Boehm, Roel Baets, Markus-Christian Amann, Gunther Roelkens
Broad wavelength coverage 23  μm III-V-on-silicon DFB laser array
published pages: 972, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/optica.4.000972
Optica 4/8 2019-06-13
2016 R. Wang, S. Sprengel, M. Muneeb, G. Boehm, A. Malik, R. Baets, M-C. Amann, G. Roelkens
Heterogeneous integration of InP-based type-II active devices on silicon for 2 um wavelength range on-chip spectroscopy
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13th International Conference on Mid-Infrared Optoelectronics: Materials and Devices 2019-06-13
2017 R. Wang, S. Sprengel, G. Boehm, R. Baets, M.C. Amann, G. Roelkens
Heterogeneously integrated InP-based type-II DFB laser array on silicon
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European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO\'2017) 2019-06-13
2047 R. Wang, A. Malik, I. Simonyte, A. Vizbaras, K. Vizbaras, G. Roelkens
Widely tunable GaSb-silicon hybrid lasers at 2 um
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43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium 2019-06-13
2016 R. Wang, A. Malik, I. Simonyte, A. Vizbaras, K. Vizbaras, G. Roelkens
Compact GaSb/silicon-on-insulator 2.0x um widely tunable external cavity lasers
published pages: 28977-28986, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI:
Optics Express Vol.24/ Nr.25 2019-06-13
2017 R. Wang, S. Sprengel, G. Boehm, R. Baets, M.C. Amann, G. Roelkens
DFB laser array in the 2.3 um wavelength range on a silicon photonic integrated circuit
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9th THz Days 2019-06-13
2017 I. Simonyte, R. Wang, K. Vizbaras, G. Roelkens, A. Vizbaras
GaSb SLDs and gain-chips for sensing applications in the 2-2.5 micron wavelength range
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International Workshop on opportunities and challenges in mid-infrared laser-based gas sensing (mirsens 4) 2019-06-13

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