European project launched to develop photonic and electronic devices

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A new European research project which aims to develop future electronic and photonic devices is being launched this week in Athens, Greece at the Industrial Technologies 2014 conference. The three-year, EU funded project, entitled DEEPEN (from atom-to-Device Explicit simulation Environment for Photonic and Electronic Nanostructures) involves collaborations between research institutions across Europe to help revolutionise the design and implementation of future electronic and photonic devices.

The Tyndall National Institute in Ireland are leading the DEEPEN project, and will work in partnership with European research teams ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Osram Opto Semiconductors (Germany), Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (Germany), Synopsys (Switzerland) and Tiberlab (Italy).

The project will use the combined expertise in device design and nanomaterials of its members to address the industry’s need to track and analyse performance at the atomic scale of a design process. To address this issue, researchers are looking to develop an efficient and robust framework that allows different computer codes to be merged. Using this open-source framework, the integrated simulation tools will enable developers to track a device’s overall performance changes at a particularly detailed and precise level during testing.  

Speaking at the Industrial Technologies 2014 conference, Professor O’Reilly, head of theory, Modelling and Design Centre at the Tyndall Institute, said: ‘The DEEPEN project gives us an opportunity to work with leading academic and industry partners in this challenging but highly rewarding area. Our work will have a direct impact on future device design and optimisation. In addition, our development of open source codes will help to open up this field to the wider research community.’

The Industrial Technologies 2014 conference integrates nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies, and offers opportunities for developing research and industry collaborations by showcasing cutting-edge research, latest innovations and rising companies from all around Europe.