Phonsi - Nanophotonics by Nanocrystals, from integration to single photon operation
Phonsi is a research and training program on the development of nanophotonic devices by means of colloidal nanocrystals. Working at the cross-roads of nanomaterials and nanophotonics, it brings together a network of multinational and start-up companies with universities and research institutes around a research programme combining the synthesis and analysis of quantum dots (QDs) with the formation of QD-based nanophotonic devices for emitting and detecting light down to the single photon level.
Researchers in this field therefore need to develop knowledge and a research attitude that enables them (1) to cope with complex, multidisciplinary problems and analyze these in terms of their chemical, physical and technological aspects and (2) to combine a wide knowledge of materials, concepts and disciplines in order to find adequate solutions to challenges that are raised in market-driven research. If Europe wants to lead the future developments in photonics-by-nanomaterials, training of researchers with the above mentioned skills is a must. In phonsi, we propose to achieve this training goal by a research programme on nanophotonics-by-nanocrystals, where colloidal QDs are combined with CMOS compatible platforms for integrated photonics such as silicon-on-insulator and Si3N4 to develop integrated nanophotonic devices. This choice offers the unique possibility to put a truly supradisciplinary training programme into practice and bridge gaps between often remote disciplines: