EPFL to lead two Horizon 2020 projects in quantum optomechanicsMonday, 20 February 2017
The EPFL Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements was chosen to coordinate two EU projects in optomechanical technologies for a total of €14 million.
According to an EPFL press release, the projects stem from very competitive calls of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Proactive (€10m) and of Marie Curie European Training Network (€4m). They will involve key players from academia and leading companies such as IBM, Bosch, Thales, Hitachi and STMicroelectronics.
Over the next 4 years, the Hybrid Optomechanical Technologies (HOT) project will lay the foundation for a new generation of devices that connect or even contain several nano-scale platforms in a single “hybrid” system. These hybrid devices will allow the exploitation of the unique advantages of each subsystem, thus enabling entirely novel functionalities.
In parallel, a Marie Curie collaborative research and training network focused on exploring new applications of Optomechanical Technologies (OMT) will offer 15 early-stage researchers the opportunity to join leading research groups and participate in competitive experiments.
Switzerland has a long tradition of cooperation in research and innovation with the European Union. As of 1 January 2017, the country retrieved the full association to the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.