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Chip-based mid-infrared frequency combs

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Project "MIRCOMB" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 175˙419 €
 EC max contribution 175˙419 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2018-08-31


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 Project objective

The mid-infrared (MIR) spectral window is a gold mine for molecular spectroscopy and chemical/biological sensing, where the absorption strengths of molecular transitions are 10 to 1000 times greater than those in the visible or near-infrared (NIR), offering the potential to identify the presence of substances with extremely high sensitivity and selectivity, and is thus a powerful tool for scientific, commercial, industrial, and military applications. Future developments of MIR spectroscopy require the creation of robust, coherent sources that can operate with high precision, over a broad bandwidth, and over a wide range of environmental conditions. Quantum cascaded laser (QCL) is one of the most successful realization of MIR laser sources. While QCLs offer excellent spectral coverage in MIR, their use in spectroscopy is primarily restricted to continuous-wave (CW) techniques, since they are difficult to mode-locking. In this proposal, we provide a technology to transfer such powerful CW MIR laser light into coherent and broadband optical frequency combs with high precision, which is an ideal MIR source to spectroscopy. The technology is based on chip-scaled silicon-based micro-resonators which has shown successful frequency comb generations in near-infrared with mode spacing in micro-wave range, octave-spanning bandwidth and compact form. The formation of temporal dissipative solitons in such resonators further leads to a fully coherent frequency comb with access to ultrashort femtosecond pulses. In this two-year project, we aim to implement chip-based MIR frequency combs, including finalizing a reliable MIR photonics platform that could provide high-quality and high-finesse micro-resonators, generating MIR soliton-based fully coherent frequency combs that have broad bandwidth under dispersion engineering on resonator waveguides, and accomplishing a dual-comb based MIR spectroscopy system that could provide high-speed, high-sensitive and broadband detections.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Hairun Guo, Erwan Lucas, Martin H. P. Pfeiffer, Maxim Karpov, Miles Anderson, Junqiu Liu, Michael Geiselmann, John D. Jost, Tobias J. Kippenberg
Intermode Breather Solitons in Optical Microresonators
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.7.041055
Physical Review X 7/4 2019-05-27
2017 Erwan Lucas, Hairun Guo, John D. Jost, Maxim Karpov, Tobias J. Kippenberg
Detuning-dependent properties and dispersion-induced instabilities of temporal dissipative Kerr solitons in optical microresonators
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.95.043822
Physical Review A 95/4 2019-05-27
2018 Junqiu Liu, Arslan S. Raja, Martin H. P. Pfeiffer, Clemens Herkommer, Hairun Guo, Michael Zervas, Michael Geiselmann, Tobias J. Kippenberg
Double inverse nanotapers for efficient light coupling to integrated photonic devices
published pages: 3200, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/OL.43.003200
Optics Letters 43/14 2019-05-27
2017 E. Lucas, M. Karpov, H. Guo, M. L. Gorodetsky, T. J. Kippenberg
Breathing dissipative solitons in optical microresonators
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00719-w
Nature Communications 8/1 2019-05-27
2018 Junqiu Liu, Arslan S. Raja, Maxim Karpov, Bahareh Ghadiani, Martin H. P. Pfeiffer, Botao Du, Nils J. Engelsen, Hairun Guo, Michael Zervas, Tobias J. Kippenberg
Ultralow-power chip-based soliton microcombs for photonic integration
published pages: 1347, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.5.001347
Optica 5/10 2019-05-27
2017 Martin H. P. Pfeiffer, Clemens Herkommer, Junqiu Liu, Hairun Guo, Maxim Karpov, Erwan Lucas, Michael Zervas, Tobias J. Kippenberg
Octave-spanning dissipative Kerr soliton frequency combs in Si_3N_4 microresonators
published pages: 684, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.4.000684
Optica 4/7 2019-05-27
2018 Hairun Guo, Clemens Herkommer, Adrien Billat, Davide Grassani, Chuankun Zhang, Martin H. P. Pfeiffer, Wenle Weng, Camille-Sophie Brès, Tobias J. Kippenberg
Mid-infrared frequency comb via coherent dispersive wave generation in silicon nitride nanophotonic waveguides
published pages: 330-335, ISSN: 1749-4885, DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0144-1
Nature Photonics 12/6 2019-04-18

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