European Research and Innovation Actions

We participate in a number of exciting EU-H2020 projects having in all of them a key role in the definition of the project concepts, the execution of the technical tasks and the industrial exploitation of the project outcomes.

Priority: ICT-2018-2020: Application driven photonics. Start: 01 January 2020. End: 31 December 2022. Website

Project concept: POETICS is introducing a methodology for the hybrid integration and co-packaging of photonic and electronic components aiming at the development of optical transceivers and switches for datacom applications with Terabit capacity and ultra-high energy efficiency. In order to do that, POETICS is relying on a photonic integration technology based on a silicon nitride platform, optical polymers, InP electro-absortion modulated lasers (EMLs) and external cavity lasers, and on high-speed electronics based on BiCMOS technology. 
Role of Optagon: Within POETICS we are contributing to the system modeling activities and we are developing the control electronics (methods and hardware) that will control the operation parameters (emission wavelength, linewidth, output power) of the external cavity lasers and the configuration of the optical switches of the project.

Priority: ICT-20-2019-2020: 5G Long Term Evolution. Start: 01 November 2019. End: 31 October 2022. Website

Project concept: TERAWAY is leveraging optical concepts and photonic integration techniques and is developing a common technology base for the generation, emission and detection of wireless signals within an ultra-wide range of carrier frequencies that will cover the W (92-114.5 GHz), D (130-174.8 GHz) and THz band (252-322 GHz). In this way, the project will provide for the first time the possibility to organize the spectral resources of a network within these bands into a common pool of radio resources that can be flexibly coordinated and used.
Role of Optagon: Within TERAWAY we are developing the control electronics (methods and hardware) that will control the photonic mixers for the up-/down-conversion process in the W/D/THz transceivers and will configure the optical beamforming unit of the antennas. In parallel, we are developing the method for the localization of the system moving nodes using THz signals and a symmetrical double-sided two-way ranging (SDS-TWR) method.

Priority: ICT-2016-2017: Photonics KET 2017. Start: 01 January 2018. End: 31 December 2020. Website

Project concept: 3PEAT is developing a disruptive photonic integration technology based on the hybrid integration of the silicon nitride platform with optical polymers having multiple waveguiding layers. Leveraging this technology, 3PEAT is developing a new generation of active and passive optical switches with large number of ports, sub-microsecond switching times and low power consumption, and a new generation of compact laser Doppler vibrometers (LDVs) with optical phased arrays as the basis for their laser beam scanning unit.
Role of Optagon: Within 3PEAT we are developing the control electronics (methods and hardware) that control the configuration of the optical switches, the operation of the LDV modules and the configuration of the optical phased arrays that are responsible for the laser beam scanning process in the LDVs without use of moving parts.