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Photonics Research

The Flagship for Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN) develops light-based technologies for applications in life science, energy-saving, ICT, and environmental monitoring. Its different partners have complementary expertise and skills, ranging from the design and fabrication of nanomaterials and optical components to the development of advanced light sources with tailored properties, and up to system integration and instrumentation development. 

PREIN capabilities span a large number of modelling, design, fabrication, integration, characterization methods and infrastructures to reach the research objectives. The flagship activities are organized in different thematic areas spanning from fundamental research to applications and commercializing innovations. The research focus areas involve cross-cutting themes in photonics research that combine the expertise of all the PREIN partner organizations.

The Flagship has revised the research roadmap for the years 2024-2027:

Light field control

Light Field Control

The research focus area of Light field control provides novel approaches for controlling key properties of optical fields, including polarization, coherence, spectrum, and localization.

Photonic Materials and Structures

Materials and Structures

The development of materials and structures is paramount for light-based technologies. The continuous study and development new materials and structures, linked with the fundamental research on light field control and with the integrated components and devices developed in and applied in quantum technologies and other applied research on photonics.

Active photonic components

Advanced Photonic Components

The Advanced Photonics Components Research is at the interface between the material and structures science research areas and the applications targets in applied research and quantum technologies.

Applied Research in Photonics

Applied Research

To push photonics applications one research focus area is applied research where the focus is on three specific application areas and the transfer of scientific results towards practical applications.

Quantum Technologies

Quantum Technologies

Quantum technologies aim at benefiting from the developed components including integrated single-photon sources and detector arrays to produce integrated modulation schemes allowing to perform advanced quantum state manipulations.

Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer

The interaction between the research themes and the overlap of the scientific fundamental research with applied research, allowing the interaction between science and applications to be maximized.