Aston University

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Aston University is one of the UK's leading universities, internationally recognised for its expertise across a range of disciplines including Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) (at Aston University) is an internationally recognised for its ground breaking research in fiber optics, fiber Bragg grating technologies, high-speed optical communications systems, and nonlinear optics. The AIPT has more than 70 active researchers and pursues a diverse range of device- and systems-level topics at the leading edge of technology. It maintains active and fertile collaborations with industrial companies and academic institutions throughout the world. It is an acknowledged centre of excellence for experimental and theoretical research in optical soliton, high speed optical systems, fibre grating technology, fibre sensors, microwave photonics, bio-photonics, and all-optical networks.

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OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH

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As the world’s second largest manufacturer of optoelectronic semiconductors for the illumination, sensing and visualisation sectors, OSRAM combines extensive know-how in semiconductor technology, converter materials and packages under one roof. The extensive semiconductor product portfolio includes high-power LEDs in the visible range, high-performance infrared LEDs, high-quality optoelectronic detectors and sensors, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and high-power semiconductor lasers. In Regensburg, Germany the most advanced optical chip factory in the world was opened in April 2003, was expanded in 2007, and employs around 1500 people. A core competence of the OSRAM OS technology team is the continuous transfer of research and development results into mass production. The OSRAM team is equipped with all facilities to develop high-tech optoelectronic devices.

The entire production chain of opto devices from III-V epitaxial growth through photolithography, metal deposition, passivation, plasma etching, chip singulation, optical and electrical chip characterisation up to device packaging including phosphor technology is available. Lifetime test and qualification equipment is used to assist the research activities. The company benefits from more than thirty years of experience in the development and production of optoelectronic semiconductor components. This is evidenced by more than 3,000 patents in the various areas of semiconductor technology.

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Technical University of Berlin

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The Optics group of the Institute of Solid State Physics at the Technical University Berlin has been active in several centers of excellence. The group has 9 staff members, 3 post docs and 12 PhD students. It hosts a large number of advanced experimental equipment to investigate optical, electrical and structural properties of nanostructures. Especially in the field of nitrides, this group belongs to one of the pioneers of the nitride research in Germany. This is reflected by the fact that the group was among the first to be supported by the DFG for their research activities in light emitters in the early 1990th. The experiments are accompanied and guided by comprehensive electronic structure modelling based on advanced 3D algorithms using own high-performance computing environments. The group has been involved for long time in research activities on nanostructures based on nitrides, oxides and arsenides. The tools developed to perform these studies are μ- and nano-Raman spectroscopy, time-resolved and time-integrated μ-photoluminescence and μ-photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy.

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A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute

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Ioffe Institute, St.Petersburg, Russia is the biggest institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It pioneered double heterosctructures including the proposal and the first realisation of double heterostructure (HS) lasers, double HS LEDs, HS solar cells, HS bipolar transistors and other HS devices (Nobel Prize 2000 to Prof. Alferov).

The InGaN group is among the first pioneers of QD growth in Russia, pioneered photopumped surface stimulated emission and lasing in GaN QD vertical structures in 1998, and contributed a lot to size and shape engineering of InGaN QDs, studies of their electronic spectrum and pioneered the observation of non-equilibrium carrier distribution in deep QDs up to the elevated temperatures.

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Centre National de la Recherche Scientific

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CRHEA-CNRS is involved in the growth of wide-bandgap semiconductors (GaN, ZnO and SiC) by several techniques: MBE, CVD, MOVPE and HVPE. Facilities for GaN growth include 5 MBE, 3 MOVPE and 1 HVPE reactors, with two of them (MBE and MOVPE) being able to work on 2”, 3” and 4” wafers. The main growth activity is supported by structural (high resolution X-ray Diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy), optical (photoluminescence, reflectivity, electro-optic measurements) and electrical characterisation (C-V, Hall, resistivity) techniques. Besides, our clean room allows fabricating test devices (GaN-based HEMTs and LEDs are two examples) that enable assessing the quality of the obtained heterostructures.

Some of CRHEA-CNRS activity on MOVPE-grown GaN has been supported by the EU through contracts and training networks: LAQUANI 20968, BE RAINBOW BRPR-CT96-0340, INTAS96-1031, EURONIM G5RD-CT-2001-00470, TMR-EU 1999-00040 IPAM, PARSEM and SMASH.

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The CEMES-CNRS covers a wide range of scientific activities aimed at the manufacturing, the understanding, the modelling and the manipulation of matter at the atomic scale. Physicists and chemists invent and manufacture materials, nano-materials and molecules with specific and desired properties, and integrate them in demonstration devices. The CEMES/CNRS as world pioneer in Electron microscopy is a leader in advanced structural characterisation of materials with the techniques sensitive to chemical and strain variations in heterostructures. It has more than 15 years of committed research in this field.

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VI Systems GmbH

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VI Systems, Germany, involves pioneers of QD laser discovery and research, pioneers of 1300 nm GaAs vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), orange InGaAlP VCSELs. The team developed original approaches to modelling of excitonic and properties of multi-section short period superlattices and developed the related electrooptic EO materials useful for both positive and negative electrooptic effect under reverse bias without noticeable change in the absorption coefficient.

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TopGaN SP zoo

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TopGaN was founded in 2001 as a spin-off from the Institute of High Pressure Physics belonging to the Polish Academy of Sciences. The company is using 800 m2 clean-room facility equipped with a number of high-pressure GaN growth chambers, 3 HVPE, 4 MOVPE and 2 MBE systems. The processing include all steps of laser diode fabrication. The analytical lab is equipped with TEM, SEM, CL, 2 HR XRD, microPL, 2 AFM and some other techniques. The company possesses a number of unique and proprietary technologies as: i) high pressure GaN growth, ii) PA MBE laser diodes, iii) lateral patterning to obtain local off-orientation, and some others. The main product of TopGaN are laser diode arrays operating in watt range at wavelengths 390-420 nm. The company has demonstrated 450-470 nm devices which are in the research phase.

The company employs 30 scientists and engineers. Some of them have 20 year experience in nitride smieconductor technology. TopGaN has participated in 12 EU Projects (VI and VII Framework).

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Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd.

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CSTG is a semiconductor foundry specialising in the design, development, and manufacture of discrete and integrated III-V opto-electronic devices since 1999. CSTG has provided specialist foundry services to clients in the Telecommunications, Defence, Medical and Instrumentation markets. We offer full product support from design to manufacturing, levered off a comprehensive library of qualified fabrication processes and a suite of high performance device platforms. Today CSTG serves both fabless and vertically integrated customers in UK, US, Europe and Japan, and is recognised as a flagship project for the UK opto-electronics industry.

CSTG has participated in 2 FP6/7 programmes MIBCELL and EDOCAL and is currently involved in 3 ERANET PIANO+ projects.

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University of Rome

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The Opto&Nanoelectronics group ( of the Department of Electronic Engineering. University of Rome .Tor Vergata. - has been active in the context of several EU. The group has 5 staff members, 7 post doc and 14 PhD students and has large in-house and on-demand computational resources.

The group has been involved for long time in research activities on microscopic theory of electronic and optical properties of nanostructure, both organic and inorganic. The tools developed to perform these studies range from ab-initio / semi-empirical atomistic calculations of electronic and optical properties to Monte Carlo simulations of charge transport in bulk, nanostrucures and devices. In particular, in the last years large effort has been given to the development of a multiscale-multiphysics simulator, TiberCAD, able to describe from macroscopic down to atomistic details the electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices.

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M-Squared Lasers Ltd.

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M Squared Lasers designs and manufactures next-generation, advanced photonic instruments. M Squared’s core team has between them >100 years experience in: project and business management (at both start-ups and large corporations); award-winning electronics and lasers; commercializing novel photonic instruments for both scientific and 24/7 industrial use.

Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, M Squared has global reach and provides local sales and service support via representatives in Europe, the USA and Asia. M Squared Lasers’ technology and capabilities include: OEM laser sources; Custom solutions for demanding new photonics applications; instrumentation sub-systems; customisable low noise electronics.

M Squared’s expertise covers a diverse range of applications with particular emphasis on: Scientific research and development; biophotonics; advanced imaging / display; Laser spectroscopy; Atomic cooling and manipulation;

Ultrafast laser applications; Multi-photon Imaging (MPI) and microscopy; Semiconductor inspection and metrology and Optical data storage. M Squared has considerable experience in the development of quantum dot based photonic solutions and is linked in with the relevant network of suppliers, collaborators and key customers.

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Tampere University of Technology

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ORC is a subsidiary unit operating under the Council of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) since 1999. ORC has a EUR 4 million portfolio of collaborative R&D grants and contracts and it houses over 80 workers. ORC promotes co-operation between enterprises and universities, fosters the establishment of new business, participates in national and international projects, and facilitates undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The major technologies run at ORC are the Molecular Beam Epitaxy of compound semiconductors (5 MBE reactors are located at ORC), complete device processing and characterisation facilities, ultra-fast and high-power lasers laboratories and other related optical systems. Its core business is the compound semiconductor technology, novel optoelectronic components, and ultra-fast optics. Investments in scientific equipment amount to EUR 17 million, which make ORC one of the best equipped research units in Finland and one of the largest MBE-based university research centre in Europe. ORC ran 28 national and international research projects with more than 60 partners.

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STR Group – Soft-Impact Ltd.

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Soft-Impact, Ltd. (Soft-Impact), a private company in a legal form of limited liability corporation, duly organised and existing under the laws of The Russian Federation, was founded in 1996 by group of researchers from Ioffe Insititute, Russian Academy of Sciences and continuously existing to-date. Soft-Impact is enabled a legal status of a small business enterprise (SBE). Soft-Impact is a member of the STR group of the companies. The most of physical models and numerical algorithms applied in the software products known under the brand name of STR, were developed in Soft-Impact. Main activities of the company include scientific researches, equipment design, optimisation of crystal growth techniques and device engineering for semiconductor materials technology.

There are four groups of researchers (specialists in physics of semiconductors, hydrodynamics, heat transfer theory, solid state physics, chemistry, mathematicians) and programmers with a floating contingent of personnel specialised in the following fields:

  • Crystal growth from melt by Czochralski, Liquid Encapsulated Czochralski, and Bridgman techniques;
  • Sublimation growth of bulk bandgap semiconductors: SiC, AlN, GaN;
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition of Si-based (Si, SiC, SiGe), A3B5 and III-Group Nitrides;
  • Nitride semiconductor based devices manufacturing: light emitting diodes (LEDs), laser diodes (LDs), transistors, etc.

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LUX-TSI was formed in 2010 to focus on providing independent testing services through accredited laboratories and quality management systems conforming to ISO IEC 17025. Support provided to companies includes basic research such as LED module performance through pre-compliance testing and then in conjunction with our market partner UL ( for fully accredited testing to international standards and performance schemes such as Energy Star, Lighting Facts, ErP Directives, ENEC and UL marks. The company has a suite of characterisation facilities at two key locations in South Wales and the Midlands.

The company has recently been awarded UKAS accreditation (UKAS is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation ILAC which means that our accreditation for measuring and testing services is internationally recognised.). The company is the first independent test lab in Europe to be accredited for LM79 (photometric performance) and LM80 (lumen maintenance) standards to test LED modules.

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Vilnius University

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Main research focus of the Institute of Applied Research (Vilnius University): Growth of gallium nitride and related alloys by MOCVD technology; Development and characterisation of lighting devices based on nitrides, design of photo-metrical and electronic devices; Investigation of non-equilibrium phenomena in semiconductor crystals and quantum structures; Electronic, ionic and optical spectroscopy, non-linear optical phenomena in condensed matter;

Investigation of organic materials and development of optoelectronic devices; Research of information processes in the visual systems and the design of neural net principle processors. (In collaboration with Department of Psychology); Applied software development; Laser surgery problems and the development of tissue diagnostic methods. (In collaboration with Abdominal Surgery, Heart Surgery and the Women Clinics).

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