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Ultra-Short Pulse laser Resonators IN the Terahertz

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Project "SPRINT" data sheet

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Organization address
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙990˙011 €
 EC max contribution 1˙990˙011 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE IT (ROMA) coordinator 1˙990˙011.00


 Project objective

'Ultra-short light pulses with large instantaneous intensities can probe light-matter interaction phenomena, capture snapshots of molecular dynamics and drive high-speed communications. In a semiconductor laser, mode-locking is the primary way to generate ultrafast signals. Despite the intriguing perspectives, operation at Terahertz (THz) frequencies is facing fundamental limitations: engineering 'ultrafast' THz semiconductor lasers from scratch or finding an integrated technology to shorten THz light pulses are currently two demanding routes. SPRINT aims to innovatively combine the groundbreaking quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology with graphene, to develop a new generation of passive mode-locked THz photonic laser resonators, combined with unexplored electronic nanodetectors for ultrafast THz sensing and imaging. To achieve these ambitious objectives, the versatile quantum design of QCLs will be exploited to engineer the laser gain spectrum on purpose. Resonators of unusual symmetry and shape, like photonic quasi-crystals or random patterns, will be implemented, offering the flexibility to control and guide photons and the lithographic capability to embed miniaturized intra-cavity passive components to probe and modulate light. Graphene, owing to its gapless nature and ultrafast, gating-tunable carrier dynamic, will lead to a major breakthrough: integration in the THz QCL cavity will allow superbly manipulating its functionalities. Antenna-coupled quantum-dot nanowires will be also devised to sense and probe ultra-short THz pulses. The project will target radically new concepts and interdisciplinary approaches encompassing unconventional THz QCL micro-resonators, graphene and polaritonic THz saturable absorbers, non-linear ultra-low dimensional detection architectures. Pushing forward the understanding of ultrafast dynamics in complex THz electronic and photonic systems, SPRINT prospects new directions and long-term impacts on fundamental and applied science.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Luigi Consolino, Malik Nafa, Francesco Cappelli, Katia Garrasi, Francesco P. Mezzapesa, Lianhe Li, A. Giles Davies, Edmund H. Linfield, Miriam S. Vitiello, Paolo De Natale, Saverio Bartalini
Fully phase-stabilized quantum cascade laser frequency comb
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10913-7
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-04-08
2019 Luigi Consolino, Annamaria Campa, Davide Mazzotti, Miriam Vitiello, Paolo De Natale, Saverio Bartalini
Bow-Tie Cavity for Terahertz Radiation
published pages: 1, ISSN: 2304-6732, DOI: 10.3390/photonics6010001
Photonics 6/1 2020-04-08
2019 Francesco P. Mezzapesa, Valentino Pistore, Katia Garrasi, Lianhe Li, A. Giles Davies, Edmund H. Linfield, Sukhdeep Dhillon, Miriam S. Vitiello
Tunable and compact dispersion compensation of broadband THz quantum cascade laser frequency combs
published pages: 20231, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.27.020231
Optics Express 27/15 2020-04-08
2017 Markus A. Huber, Fabian Mooshammer, Markus Plankl, Leonardo Viti, Fabian Sandner, Lukas Z. Kastner, Tobias Frank, Jaroslav Fabian, Miriam S. Vitiello, Tyler L. Cocker, Rupert Huber
Femtosecond photo-switching of interface polaritons in black phosphorus heterostructures
published pages: 207-211, ISSN: 1748-3387, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.261
Nature Nanotechnology 12/3 2020-04-08
2017 Leonardo Viti, Antonio Politano, Miriam Serena Vitiello
Black phosphorus nanodevices at terahertz frequencies: Photodetectors and future challenges
published pages: 35602, ISSN: 2166-532X, DOI: 10.1063/1.4979090
APL Materials 5/3 2020-04-08
2017 Antonio Politano, Leonardo Viti, Miriam S. Vitiello
Optoelectronic devices, plasmonics, and photonics with topological insulators
published pages: 35504, ISSN: 2166-532X, DOI: 10.1063/1.4977782
APL Materials 5/3 2020-04-08
2019 Katia Garrasi, Francesco P. Mezzapesa, Luca Salemi, Lianhe Li, Luigi Consolino, Saverio Bartalini, Paolo De Natale, A. Giles Davies, Edmund H. Linfield, Miriam S. Vitiello
High Dynamic Range, Heterogeneous, Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers Featuring Thermally Tunable Frequency Comb Operation over a Broad Current Range
published pages: 73-78, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.8b01483
ACS Photonics 6/1 2020-04-08
2018 Maria C. Giordano, Stefan Mastel, Clemens Liewald, Lorenzo L. Columbo, Massimo Brambilla, Leonardo Viti, Antonio Politano, Kai Zhang, Lianhe Li, A. Giles Davies, Edmund H. Linfield, Rainer Hillenbrand, Fritz Keilmann, Gaetano Scamarcio, Miriam S. Vitiello
Phase-resolved terahertz self-detection near-field microscopy
published pages: 18423, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.26.018423
Optics Express 26/14 2020-04-08
2018 L.H. Li, K. Garrasi, I. Kundu, Y.J. Han, M. Salih, M.S. Vitiello, A.G. Davies, E.H. Linfield
Broadband heterogeneous terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser
published pages: 1229-1231, ISSN: 0013-5194, DOI: 10.1049/el.2018.6062
Electronics Letters 54/21 2020-04-08
2018 Maria C. Giordano, Leonardo Viti, Oleg Mitrofanov, Miriam S. Vitiello
Phase-sensitive terahertz imaging using room-temperature near-field nanodetectors
published pages: 651, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/optica.5.000651
Optica 5/5 2020-04-08
2019 Jürgen Raab, Christoph Lange, Jessica L. Boland, Ignaz Laepple, Martin Furthmeier, Enrico Dardanis, Nils Dessmann, Lianhe Li, Edmund H. Linfield, A. Giles Davies, Miriam S. Vitiello, Rupert Huber
Ultrafast two-dimensional field spectroscopy of terahertz intersubband saturable absorbers
published pages: 2248, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.27.002248
Optics Express 27/3 2020-04-08
2019 Leonardo Viti, Antonio Politano, Kai Zhang, Miriam Serena Vitiello
Thermoelectric terahertz photodetectors based on selenium-doped black phosphorus flakes
published pages: 1995-2002, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c8nr09060b
Nanoscale 11/4 2020-04-08

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