Nanostructured microoptical components - towards new functionalities and applications

01-08-2017

Project title: "Nanostructured microoptical components - towards new functionalities and applications"

Duration: 3 years, starting October 2016

Funding source: TEAM TECH programme, Foundation for Polish Science and European Union under the European Regional Development Fund

The goal of the project is exploration of application potential of nanostructured microoptical components based on the effective medium theory. The concept of development nanostructured microoptical components, considered in this project, has been found by Laser Focus World as one of 20 most innovative ideas in the field of photonics in 2012 in the world (TECHNOLOGY REVIEW 2012: TOP 20 PHOTONICS INNOVATIONS  OF  2012 LIGHT THE WAY TO FUTURE ADVANCES, Laser Focus World, Dec. 2012).

The project uses an innovative method of design the properties of microoptic elements with the implementation of internal nanostructure made of glass areas of 1/5 wavelength. For the manufacture of nanostructured elements we use mosaic technology originally developed for the production of imaging wavaguide or photonic crystal fiber. The method allows to design nearly any refractive index distribution in a 2D structure, called free-form optics. 

The international patent protected technology of nanostructured microoptical components is a generic technology which allows to develop several kinds of optical components with a strong application potential. Some of the concepts are already mature and ready to introduce to the market after short R&D works (nanostructured gradient index “nGRIN” lenses, arrays of nanostructured lenses), some of them still requires intensive applied research to bring them into the demonstrator and prototype levels (anisotropic materials components for modification of polarization and phase distribution, active GRIN media). 

For the matured types of components, which the functionalities have already been demonstrated (the single spherical and elliptical GRIN lens, the GRIN lens arrays) the project is to accelerate them from the level of proof-of-principle demonstration to the level of prototype directly applicable into systems to be checked in conditions close to reality. These application tests are to be carried out in collaboration with industrial partners with the a short-time perspective of market introduction. 

For the early stage components we plan to explore new functionalities, which they offer (spatial modification of the phase - polarization properties) and to identify the applications for particular components. 

In both cases a close collaboration with 5 scientific and 4 industrial partners is predicted. The research work will be conducted jointly by a team of young researchers and experienced core technology-scientific team from Institute of Electronic Materials Technology with the support of Polish industrial and world-recognized scientific collaborators. 

 

The project team:

Principal Investigator (Laureate): dr hab. Ryszard Buczyński, prof. ITME

Postdocs: Dr Alicja Anuszkiewicz, Dr Marcin Franczyk, Dr Tomasz Stefaniuk

PhD students: Jolanta Lisowska, Kamil Stawicki

Undergraduate Students: Alicja Sielska, Patrycja Wrzosek

 

The „ Nanostructured microoptical components - towards new functionalities and applications” project is carried out within the TEAM TECH programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.