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Nuevo espectrómetro basado en chip semiconductor de estado sólido ligero, extremadamente compacto y robusto

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20141110001
Publicado:
16/11/2015
Caducidad:
15/05/2016
Resumen:
Una empresa británica especializada en fotónica ha desarrollado un espectrómetro basado en chip semiconductor de estado sólido ligero, extremadamente compacto y robusto. El diseño del chip puede adaptarse a los requisitos de detección de diferentes aplicaciones y puede funcionar en cualquier longitud de onda, desde UV hasta IR. El chip monolítico con capacidad de detección y dispersión integrada tiene excelentes propiedades espectrales y resuelve los problemas de dispersión de luz, fragilidad y alineación de los productos actuales. Se buscan empresas e investigadores para construir un prototipo y desarrollar conjuntamente el producto mediante acuerdos de joint venture o fabricación. La empresa también busca socios interesados en participar en el programa Horizonte 2020.

Details

Tittle:
Seeking co-developers of new lightweight, extremely compact and robust solid-state semiconductor chip-based spectrometer
Summary:
A UK photonics technology company has devised a solid-state semi-conductor chip-based spectrometer that is extremely compact, lightweight and robust. The chip design can be tailored to meet the detection requirements of different applications and can work at any wavelength range from the UV to the IR. They are seeking companies and researchers to build a prototype and co-develop the product via joint venture or manufacturing agreements. They are also seeking partners to join H2020 bids.
Description:
Spectroscopy is a powerful analytical technique in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, but conventional spectrometers are generally large, expensive and fragile pieces of equipment or miniaturised versions of the larger machines which lack resolution and tunability.

The company´s spectrometer chip offers spectroscopic measurement capability that would normally be found in a large bench-top spectrometer but in a solid-state no-moving parts, robust chip. This allows spectroscopy in remote and challenging environments and in distributed networks. Although other compact spectrometers are available, they are often based on a scaled down version of a conventional spectrometer design, incorporating separate dispersion and detection elements which introduce fragility, stray light and alignment issues. This company´s chip uses a novel method to disperse and detect the light based on an array of high-Q microdisk resonators made out of active-material. As both dispersion and detection are performed by the resonators the optical properties of the spectrometer are excellent.

The chip design can be tailored to meet the detection requirements of different applications. By careful choice of semiconductor materials and tailoring of the quantum wells and resonator the wavelength range, sensitivity and spectral resolution can be tuned.

The company is seeking manufacturing and co-development partners to create a prototype and apply the technology to new applications.

They are also seeking to fund projects/collaborations through grants, with a particular interesting in joining consortia applying for the H2020 calls.

The company has wide-ranging expertise, with the ability to co-develop the product in a range of applications. They have expertise in III-V and silicon semiconductors and their application in photonics technology; design and simulation of photonics devices and optical systems, and licences to a suite of specialist semiconductor photonics and optics modelling software. They also design optical sensors and spectrometers for Earth observation and biomedical applications and have experience in conducting market analysis for new technology and patents in the sensors market.
Advantages and Innovations:
The new design is of a monolithic chip with integrated dispersion and detection and also allows for high volume, low cost production using conventional semiconductor fabrication processes.

The chip has excellent spectral properties and solves the problems of stray light, fragility and alignment issues currently at play in the market.

The innovation would be of interest to both academics and industrial partners, such as companies working with semiconductor growth and fabrication firms who could make prototypes of the spectrometer chip, and researchers who are working in areas of science and technology where the spectrometer chip would be advantageous. Such academics could provide technical specifications for the chip e.g. wavelength range, resolution and signal to noise ratio required for an application in their field, and test any prototype chips in the context of that application.

The following types of collaborations are envisaged as examples of the innovation´s versatility:

1. Working with biomedical researchers interested in developing new diagnostic medical devices, who could provide information about molecular spectra that they wish to detect along with key parameters and packaging needs for the particular application.

2. Working with a semiconductor firm that could fabricate prototypes of the chip, the company could then design around the specifications provided, and the prototypes could then be tested in the researcher´s laboratory for their intended application.

3. Working with a company looking to deploy sensors in harsh environments, for example in space, or where space is at a premium.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Secret Know-how,Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted,Patents granted,Granted patent or patent application essential,Trade Marks,Exclusive Rights,Copyright
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Semiconductor topographies also owned

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought: Industry or academic

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Photonics or spectrometry. Semiconductor foundry (III-V materials)

- Task to be performed by the partner sought: Co-development of technology, creation of prototype, manufacture of product and developing new applications. Possibly also joining future H2020 bids.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
05005 Micro y nanotecnología
01002012 Semiconductores
09001009 Tecnología de sensores relacionada con la realización de medidas
09001007 Tecnología óptica relacionada con la realización de medidas
05003002 Óptica