Photonics plays an important role in Switzerland, in basic research as well as in industry. NCCR MUST concentrates on basic research and on excelling in pushing the frontiers of knowledge. To bridge the challenging gap to the markets NCCR MUST Technology Transfer activities aim to:
- strengthen the connections between its researchers and industrial key players.
- initiate and support technology transfer activities
- profit from the interaction with the industry
- Industrial Project Program (IPP), which provides seed-funding for CTI Project applications.
- Technology Transfer Workshops
- IP and technology transfer support
- Our Research Tools pages
- PIs are encouraged to increase their network within industry by acting as consultants
- Transfer Projects ("Strong Franc" special SNSF innovation program, funded until 2014)
- MUST pushes the frontiers of experimental measurement systems with new - in house developed - equipment. Thus, the major potential market segment is sophisticated photonic instrumentation with applications such as those in production quality control, environmental pollution, sensing, and health markets. A major tool for technology transfer is the biannual Photonic Instruments Workshop organised in collaboration with the Swiss Photonics Network.
- Lasers for material processing and micro-machining. Standard milling of materials with a laser beam causes damage due to thermal effects. Such thermal effects can be avoided by milling the material with ultrashort pulses (“cold material processing”).
- Development of new detectors and sensor materials. MUST is not developing detectors in the classical sense, such as CCD cameras. However, MUST researchers are constantly developing schemes, i.e. combinations of devices (including detectors) and software to measure things that could not be measured otherwise. Improved understanding of molecular ultrafast processes can lead to extremely sensitive detectors, as for example the detector to monitor atmospheric pollutants deployed on the PlanetSolar Deepwater project (see Plair), or the use of ultrafast lasers in laser ablation ionization mass spectrometers, which is the basis of start-up IONIGHT.
- Atmospheric applications (mainly targeted by PI Wolf), such as "laser weather control" (triggering lightning, cloud seeding) and multiphoton/tunnel molecular ionization.
- Health sciences: optical coherence tomography, laser tissue manipulation, laser micro-surgery or imaging in strongly scattering media
- FELs: synchronizing electron accelerator machines (timing).
- Multiphoton microscopy is one of the most powerful light-microscopy techniques, and the availability of economic (cheap) pulsed IR lasers could really revolutionize the field.
- Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM): In the laboratory for Ultrafast Microscopy and Electron Scattering (LUMES) at EPFL, a commercially available JEOL 2100 TEM was modified to make it into a microscope capable of taking femtosecond-resolved movies of materials. This may lead to the construction of a true ad-hoc designed TEM for ultrafast operation.
For information and support please contact the Scientific Officer, Jan van Beilen (044 633 29 90).