On September 1st, 2012 an international consortium of 18 research partners started the work on the European Union FP7 collaborative integrated project MIRIFISENS (Mid InfraRed Innovative lasers For Improved SENSor of hazardous substances).
The goal of this project is the development of new Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) light sources for sensing and security applications. QCLs cover a broad portion of the mid-infrared (MIR) spectral range from 3 to 12 μm. In that range many chemicals which are the source of safety and security issues have strong characteristic absorption lines.
QuantaRed Technologies GmbH is proud to be a part of this project. QuantaRed will develop an analyzer for the determination of contaminations in Jet Fuel based on the new QCL-technology developed in the MIRIFISENS project. These new sources promise unique features for future applications in liquid spectroscopy, like broadband and high intensity transmission spectroscopy.
CEO Wolfgang Ritter: “The research efforts within this project will enable a big progress in the quality of safety inspections. The consortium with partners from 9 European countries offers us new ways for interdisciplinary research.”
Motivated by the established technique of tunable diode laser spectroscopy the MIRIFISENS partners focus their efforts on state-of-the-art micro and nano-fabrication techniques. The application of these techniques for the development of new mid-infrared QCLs and the implementation of these sources into a new generation of analyzers offers a great potential for a wide range of prospecting applications. The applications include gas contamination control, airport security check, aircraft air monitoring, remote detection of explosives and the special discipline of QuantRed Technologies – the contamination control in liquids. These activities can bring a strong interest in the mid-infrared spectral region, which is a fingerprint region for many molecules and gases.
Further information can be found on the project website