HOT is a 4-year FET Proactive project that will lay the foundation for a new generation of devices that connect or even contain several nano-scale platforms in a single “hybrid” system. These hybrid devices will allow the exploitation of the unique advantages of each subsystem, thus enabling entirely novel functionalities.
A special focus of HOT will be on nano-optomechanical devices that comprise electrical, microwave or optical systems, as well as micro- and nano-mechanical systems. Research in the past decade – in particular by European groups – has shown the significant technological potential of nano-optomechanical systems for establishing new ways in which optical, radio-frequency, and microwave signals can interface. The HOT consortium partners will explore hybrid opto- and electro-mechanical devices operating at the physical limits for conversion, synthesis, processing, sensing, and measurement of electromagnetic fields, from radio and microwave frequencies to the terahertz domain.
HOT consortium: EPFL (coordinator), University of Copenhagen, University of Camerino, University of Cambridge, FOM AMOLF, University of Malta, Aalto University, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, University of Konstanz, Ghent University, CNRS, Delft University of Technology, IST Austria, Thales SA, IBM Research GmbH (Zurich), Hitachi Europe Ltd, STMicroelectronics srl