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video-rate holographic projection by novel meta-materials

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Project "VIDEO HOLOGRAPHY" data sheet

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address: KAPELDREEF 75
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3001

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 2˙499˙074 €
 EC max contribution 2˙499˙074 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


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 Project objective

Today, despite many efforts by researchers world-wide, there are no holographic projectors that allow video-rate electronically controlled projection of complex holograms. Optically re-write-able holograms exist, but they are too slow; Acoustically-formed holograms can be switched fast but the image complexity is very limited. We identify the essential roadblock as one that we intend to clear by a breakthrough innovation coming from a combination of electronics, optics and material science.

We propose a radically novel way to make and control holograms, that will be based on the direct, analog, nanometer-resolution and nanosecond-speed control over the local refractive index of a slab waveguide core over several square centimetres. Holograms will be formed by leaky waves evanescent from the waveguide, and controlled by the refractive-index modulation profile in the core. That profile will be controlled and modulated by electrical fields applied with nano-precision through one of the cladding layers of the waveguide. To that end, a novel metamaterial is proposed for this cladding. Also novel driving schemes will be needed to control the new holographic projecting method.

With this combined radical innovation in architecture, materials and driving schemes, it is the goal of this project to fully prove the concept of video-rate electrically-controlled holographic projection. This will be the basis for many future innovations and applications, in domains such as augmented reality, automotive, optical metrology (LIDAR, microscopy, ...), mobile communication, education, safety, etc..., and result in a high economic and social impact.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 A. Hermans, R. Janneck, C. Rolin, S. Clemmen, P. Heremans, J. Genoe, and R. Baets
Growth of thin film organic crystals with strong nonlinearity for on-chip second-order nonlinear optics
published pages: p55, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter 2019-06-06

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