16 June 2008 FAST-DOT Kicks off at ICFO


A new 7th Framework Programme project launched
at a meeting held at ICFO.
ICFO has been the venue of the kick-off meeting for the new collaborative project funded within the European Community Seventh Framework Programme: FAST-DOT - Compact ultrafast laser sources based on novel quantum dot structures. The meeting took place during June 2nd to 3rd.

The project aims at implementing a new range of ultrafast quantum dots (QDs) for critical bio-medical applications. It is expected to develop portable, low-cost, reliable, highly efficient ultrashort pulse and ultra-broadband tunable laser sources based on novel semiconductor nanostructure clusters (QDs).

The FAST-DOT consortium brings together a unique and compelling group of European leaders in QD science, QD devices, system integrators and biophotonics. The project, that will last 4 years, includes 18 internationally recognized complementary European research groups and companies: 11 research groups (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Politecnico di Torino, the University of Sheffield, Vilniaus Universitetas, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, ICFO- The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Tampereen Teknillinen Yliopisto, Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan), and 7 industrial partners (M-Squared Lasers Limited, Alcatel Thales III V lab, Toptica Photonics AG, Philips Technologie GMBH, Time-Bandwidth Products AG, Innolume GMBH, Molecular Machines and Industries GMBH) from 10 countries.

The meeting at ICFO was attended by 37 participants.