Title: Synoptic Optics (SYNOPTICS)
Researchers: Amir Khodabakhsh, Frans Harren, Simona M. Cristescu
Cost estimate: 5 M€
Funding: NWO-TTW Perspectief
Project partners: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Leiden University, University of Twente, Utrecht University
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Photonics has been designated by the EU as Key Enabling Technology because of its ubiquitous importance in modern society. The SYNOPTICS program will adopt a unique synoptic approach by using all properties of light: amplitude, phase, polarization and multi-wavelength, to achieve breakthroughs in optical resolution and sensitivity. At the same time, advanced compressed sensing will enable high speed optical measurements with optimized information content over raw data flow. The SYNOPTICS consortium consists of leading research groups, together covering broad expertise and having complementary skills, who join forces by exchanging scientific knowledge, technical skills and advanced equipment, to enable the versatile approach using all properties of light to achieve urgently-needed scientific breakthroughs. To turn the new scientific concepts into new high-tech applications and devices, the academic participants of SYNOPTICS will closely collaborate with industrial partners, enabling Dutch industry to become a world leader in this new field. SYNOPTICS will have societal impact by solving bottle-neck optical problems in nano-manufacturing, in environmental monitoring to combat air pollution, and in optical inspection methods for food safety. Hence the program has impact on the societal challenges: Digitization of Industry, Circular Economy, Energy and CO2, Climate Change and Agro and Food.