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SUPERTWIN is a project funded by the European Union within the Excellent Science - Future and Emerging Technologies section of the FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA Horizon 2020 (H2020) Framework Programme, a programme that supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies. SUPERTWIN will develop the new generation of optical microscope systems, exploiting the properties of entangled photons to acquire images at a resolution beyond the classical Rayleigh limit of about half the photon wavelength.

Such microscope technique will comprise several building blocks for object illumination, capturing of scattered twinning photons and data processing. Such building blocks include: solid-state emitter of entangled photons, single-photon sensors capable of detecting the back-scattered entangled photons, and a data processing algorithm to generate the output image.

This quantum imaging technology will open the way for a compact, portable and with no moving parts replacement of scanning near field optical microscopes. This concept will pave the way for a new paradigm in optical imaging, triggering the development of breakthrough microscopy techniques.

  • Beyond the Rayleigh resolution limit microscopy with super-twinning photon wavepackets: development of system concept, architecture and processing algorithms.
  • Efficient handy solid-state source of multi-partite entangled photons based on superfluorescent (superradiant) pulse emission.
  • Quantum optics based imager of non-local correlations in super-twinning photon wavepackets.
  • Realisation of a demonstrator breadboard as proof-of-concept for super-resolution microscopy, with assessment of the technology benefits and roadmap.
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 to Thursday, 28 February, 2019
36 months
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (IT) - Coordinator
  • A.P.E. Research srl (IT)
  • Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique (CH)
  • III-V Lab (FR)
  • Single Quantum (NL)
  • University of Bern (CH)
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
  • Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (BY)
  • LFoundry S.r.l. (IT)
3.9 million euro
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FBK-IRIS has two roles in the SuperTWIN project:

  • to coordinate the project and manage the resources in order to successfully and timely reach the objectives
  • to develop a single-photon imaging sensor able to detect correlation of entangled photons
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