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. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642656.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: