Project: Photonic and Optomechanical Sensors for Nanoscaled and Quantum Thermometry

Acronym 17FUN05 PhotOQuant (Reference Number: 17FUN05)
Duration 01/06/2018 - 31/05/2021
Project Topic For a wide range of processes, from consumer electronics to space instrumentation, there is a growing need to make temperature measurements at smaller scales. The range of currently available thermometers, however, cannot meet the challenge. Nanotechnology now offers the possibility of innovative ‘optomechanical’ sensors capable of measuring temperature on micrometre length scales. Not only could these new temperature sensors replace the standard high-accuracy platinum resistance thermometers but, embedded into production processes, many industrial users could benefit from the technology. This project will design, fabricate, and characterise different optomechanical systems for temperature measurement. Calibration methods will also be developed to make the sensors traceable to the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90). Beyond sensing capability on the micro- and nano-scale, other advantages include reduced cost, better portability and robustness, and increased resistance to mechanical shock and electrical interference. Additionally, optomechanical sensors could be developed as a future quantum-based primary standard for temperature measurement.
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR Call 2017

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Conservatoire national des arts et métiers Coordinator France
2 Centro Español de Metrología Partner Spain
3 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
4 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
5 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands
6 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
7 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Partner France
8 Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas Partner Spain
9 IHP GmbH - Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics/Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik Partner Germany
10 Sorbonne Université Partner France
11 Technische Universiteit Delft Partner Netherlands
12 Technische Universitaet Braunschweig Partner Germany
13 Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 France