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Applied Research Programme

8 June 2022

The Applied Research Programme of the National Centre for Research and Development is a horizontal programme of support for the scientific sector and the business sector in the area of applied research in various fields of science and industries, established under Article 30(1)(3) of the Act of 30 April 2010 on the National Centre for Research and Development. The programme will be implemented on the basis of competitions for funding of the applied research projects.

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New generation infrared emitters and detectors for use in devices for the detection of trace amounts of gaseous pollutants (EDEN)

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  • PBS1/B3/2/2012
  • 01/10/2012 – 30/09/2015
  • PLN 7,231,450.00
  • PLN 7,231,450.00
  • PLN 6,986,175.00
  • Instytut Technologii Elektronowej
  • Wrocław University of Science and Technology – Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Military University of Technology – Institute of Optoelectronics, Rzeszów University of Technology
  • Agreement no. PBS1/B3/2/2012
  • Duration: 01/10/2012 – 30/09/2015
  • Overall budget: PLN 7,231,450.00
  • Eligible costs: PLN 7,231,450.00
  • Co-funding: PLN 6,986,175.00
  • Coordinator: Instytut Technologii Elektronowej
  • Project partners: Wrocław University of Science and Technology – Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Military University of Technology – Institute of Optoelectronics, Rzeszów University of Technology

The aim of the project is to develop technology of the novel type of for the mid-IR radiation detectors based on type-II superlattices as well as the development of technology of InP based quantum cascade lasers. The devices will be optimized for applications in molecular spectroscopy and detection of trace gas amounts.

The result of the project will be the development of components for the construction of the mentioned devices and the creation of the basis for their implementation. The additional outcome of the project will be the development of a methodology and appropriate tools for designing superlattice detectors and cascade lasers for a given wavelength, which will allow for flexible response to market needs in this area. The research and application works are extremely innovative and apply elements that are not available for sale, and which are important for many sectors of the economy.

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Hot detectors with a short time constant (HOT)

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  • PBS1/B5/2/2012
  • 01/10/2012 – 31/12/2014
  • PLN 1,997,800.00
  • PLN 1,997,800.00
  • PLN 1,765,500.00
  • Military University of Technology
  • VIGO Photonics S.A.
  • Agreement no. PBS1/B5/2/2012
  • Duration: 01/10/2012 – 31/12/2014
  • Overall budget: PLN 1,997,800.00
  • Eligible costs: PLN 1,997,800.00
  • Co-funding: PLN 1,765,500.00
  • Coordinator: Military University of Technology
  • Project partner: VIGO Photonics S.A.

The project is inspired by the global market call for advanced mid- and long-term infrared detectors operating without cryogenic cooling. They are referred to by the acronym HOT (High Operation Temperature), which refers to detectors operating at ambient temperature, as well as cooled by simple, cheap and convenient thermoelectric or evaporative coolers. Awareness of the limitations of existing technologies and the need to improve them became the basis for the development of this research project, the practical aim of which is to implement instruments optimized for each wavelength in the range of 2–16 μm with higher detectability and shorter time constant than in the instruments currently offered. The research results will be implemented at VIGO Photonics S.A. already during the project and after its completion.

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Integration of thermoelectrically cooled infrared detectors or operating at ambient temperature with a broadband receiving system (INTIR)

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  • PBS2/B3/20/2013
  • 01/10/2013 – 30/11/2015
  • PLN 3,759,018.00
  • PLN 3,759,018.00
  • PLN 3,529,963.00
  • Warsaw University of Technology
  • VIGO Photonics S.A.
  • Agreement no. PBS2/B3/20/2013
  • Duration: 01/10/2013 – 30/11/2015
  • Overall budget: PLN 3,759,018.00
  • Eligible costs: PLN 3,759,018.00
  • Co-funding: PLN 3,529,963.00
  • Coordinator: Warsaw University of Technology
  • Project partner: VIGO Photonics S.A.

The objective of the project is to develop a technology for integrating medium and far infrared detectors with broadband electronics in miniature casings and to create a new range of high-performance detection modules, intended to use in a wide range of applications in modern optoelectronic devices. For the construction of such modules, new detector structures are developed and manufactured, as well as appropriate housings and integrated amplifiers are selected for them. Module design is based on electrical measurements of detector structures, amplifiers and their connections, supported by electromagnetic and circuit simulations. The purpose of developing a new technology is to progress in terms of functionality and reliability in relation to the modules currently used, and consequently to industrial implementation.

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Optoelectronic system of sensors of disease markers (SENSORMED)

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  • PBS1/A3/7/2012
  • 01/10/2012 – 30/09/2015
  • PLN 4,466,335.00
  • PLN 4,392,910.00
  • Military University of Technology
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń – Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw – Faculty of Physics, VIGO Photonics S.A.
  • Agreement no. PBS1/A3/7/2012
  • Duration: 01/10/2012 – 30/09/2015
  • Overall budget: PLN 4,466,335.00
  • Co-funding: PLN 4,392,910.00
  • Coordinator: Military University of Technology
  • Project partners: Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń – Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw – Faculty of Physics, VIGO Photonics S.A.

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unia europejska

In the air exhaled by humans, there are chemical compounds characteristic of a given disease, the so-called biomarkers. Previous studies have mainly used gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. The difficulty of detecting diseases by means of the above mentioned methods is based on the precise measurement of the amount and type of chemical compounds investigated in the exhaled air. Progress in optoelectronics enables new and alternative possibilities in this field. It is possible to detect disease markers by measuring the absorption of optical radiation at characteristic wavelengths of the wanted biomarkers.

Authors propose applying of ultra-sensitive laser absorption spectroscopy techniques, especially multi-pass cell spectroscopy and cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS). As a part of this project, an optoelectronic sensors system for the detection of volatile disease markers will be developed.