2nd Joint Call: Read the teams’ final reports !

, by EIG CONCERT-Japan

In 2014 the ERA-NET CONCERT-Japan launched its 2nd Joint Call for Projects on the topic "Photonic Manufacturing".

4 years later, projects are over and teams have shared their final observations in short articles.

FEASIBLE has settled the base for the next generation in femtosecond (fs) laser micromachining, demonstrating that with a hybrid approach it is possible to overcome the technology limits. Specifically this has been demonstrated through the fabrication of several bio-microchips with applications in cell manipulation experiments and biological sensing.
Combining fs laser irradiation followed by chemical etching and fs laser 3D printing we can fabricate glass microfluidic chips with different functionalities inside them. Not only, by the combination with other techniques like RF sputtering or electro-less metal plating we are capable of integrating optical filters or metal electrodes to further enrich the Bio-microchip.

You can download the full FEASIBLE article here:

Diamond Fab
Diamond is one of the most appreciated materials by humans. Apart from its remarkable beauty when suitably cut, it is the hardest naturally occurring bulk material, has a record high thermal conductivity and offers excellent transparency from the ultraviolet to far infrared. It is also attractive to the quantum optics scientists due to a point defect called the nitrogen-vacancy (nv) center.
Analogous to semiconductors and conventional electronics, the key to making diamond functional is an impurity: nitrogen. The nitrogen impurities can be found in both natural and synthetic diamonds, and they form the nitrogen-vacancy (nv) center when they sit next to an empty site in the carbon lattice (vacancy). These defects, isolated from environmental perturbation inside the diamond matrix, have optically active spin with long coherence time at room temperature, making them attractive as quantum bits. Unlike classical computers which rely on digital 0s and 1s, quantum bits can be in 0 and 1 states simultaneously, enabling an exponential speed increase for certain calculations. Quantum computers are particularly useful for solving challenging multivariable problems such as nanoscale simulations in modern science or macroscale problems like predicting the world climate or fluctuations in the stock market. Due the magnetically sensitive ground state of nv centers, they can be used to measure weak magnetic fields with nanoscale resolution, which has triggered significant research into diamond-based optical magnetometers.

You can download the full DiamondFab article here: