European Research and Innovation Actions

We participate in a number of exciting EU H2020 and Horizon Europe projects having in all of them a key role in the definition of the system concepts, the execution of the technical tasks and the industrial exploitation of the project breakthroughs and results.
Priority: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING: Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits. Start: 01 January 2023. End: 30 June 2026.

POLYNICES aims to spin-coat optical polymer material on conventional PCBs to develop a novel Electro-Optic PCB (EOPCB) with low-loss single mode waveguides and good HF properties to act as a motherboard for photonic chiplets and electronic ICs. POLYNICES will develop TriPleX chiplets having PZT actuators, InP components and micro-optical elements as standard building blocks that can be integrated into pockets the motherboard in pockets to realize a compact FMCW optoelectronic THz spectrometer with beam-forming ability, for plastic component inspection, and two types of Quantum Information processors based on squeezed light states and non-linear crystals. In POLYNICES Optagon will develop the PZT drivers that are found on the TriPleX external cavity chiplets and the TriPleX Clements matrix chiplets, the laser diode drivers for the gain diodes of the modules, as well as design grating coupler structures on TriPleX that will facilitate the integration and packaging.

Priority: HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING: Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits. Start: 01 September 2022. End: 28 February 2026. Website

LOLIPOP is working on the integration of lithium-niobate-on-insulator (LNOI) films on silicon nitride (TriPleX) PICs, aiming to develop a photonic integration platform that will offer the highest integration, modulation and second order nonlinearity performance in the entire spectrum from 400 up to 1600 nm. LOLIPOP will demonstrate the potential of this platform via the development of the first ever integrated laser Doppler vibrometers (LDVs) at 532 nm, the first ever integrated FMCW LIDAR at 905 nm, a set of photonic convolutional neural networks with record scale and computation speed, and the first ever integrated squeezed-state source for quantum applications at 1550 nm.
Within LOLIPOP Optagon is designing the optical antennas and the entire circuit of the optical phased arrays (OPAs) that are responsible for the laser beam steering in the FMCW LIDAR of the project. Optagon is also developing the electronic units that control the operation of the LNOI-on-TriPleX PICs inside the LDVs, the FMCW LIDAR, the convolutional neural networks and the squeezed state source of the project.

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

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.
Within POETICS, Optagon is contributing to the system modeling work, and is developing the electronic units that control the operation parameters (emission wavelength, linewidth, 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 August 2023.

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.
Within TERAWAY, Optagon is developing the electronic units that control the photonic mixers for the up- and down-conversion process in the W/D/THz transceivers, and configure the optical beamforming network (OBFN) of the antennas. In parallel, Optagon is developing the method for the localization of the 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 January 2022 (successfully completed).

3PEAT developed 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 managed to develop 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 (OPAs) as the basis for their laser beam scanning unit.
Within 3PEAT, Optagon developed the control electronic units that were responsible for the operation of the optical switches and the LDVs.