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2019. 06. 19

The international H2020 project is gaining momentum

In April this year, a new international H2020 project entitled "Dirac Semimetals based Terahertz Components“ was launched, where the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology  (FTMC) participates together with Finland, Italy and Belarus.

The project is dedicated to the research of modern materials, called Dirac semi-metals, and their application for the development of terahertz (THz) photonics components. Terahertz research and application in high-tech markets is one of the areas in which FTMC has earned its reputation as an indisputable leader worldwide.

Six partners participate in the international H2020  project: the largest Lithuanian state research institution  FTMC (Center for Physical Sciences and Technology), the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu), the University of Salerno (Italy) , the University of Rome  Tor Vergata, Belarusian  State  University, and “Teravil” , a company created by the FTMC staff.

The project was initiated by prof. Yuri Svirko. He has built  a team that can create new generation  optical elements for the THz range - made of graphene, variable  focal length lenses, polarizers, electric-field-controlled optical beam splitters and high speed modulators.

These days,  FTMC hosted  the first working meetings of  the entire team participating in the H2020 program. During first meeting of all project partners, the so-called kickoff meeting, the Director of FTMC prof. Gintaras Valušis said that projects with foreign  countries demonstrate  high scientific and technological potential of FTMC:

“FTMC is increasingly recognized as a global partner for international projects in a wide range of high-tech sectors. The works of the researchers of the Department of  Optoelectronics of FTMC  in the field of THz  Photonics are recognized and highly valued  by the international scientific community.  During implementation of the Project, FTMC  will acquire new competencies and technological know-how, and will also contribute significantly to the development of prototypes of optical components. They will be then commercialized by “Teravil”, a company created by the FTMC employees. We are pleased to see the potential of new synergies in this project.” - says prof. Gintaras Valušis.

 “We know the competence of Finnish scientists in the field of technology, the theoretical knowledge of the Italian partners and the competences of the nanoangle research of  Belarusian  State  University. We should also note  the experience of our THz photonics and the arsenal of measurement technologies. Therefore, within  this project we can expect a major breakthrough in the development of small-scale THz imaging systems. These systems are very much needed for both medical and security purposes.”

According to prof. Dr. Yuri Svirko from the Department of Physics and Mathematics of the Institute of Photonics of the University of Eastern Finland, emphasized, that FTMC is an impressive space, one of the most suitable for such international projects.

 "In a global context FTMC is at a very high level. Here, a lot of equipment, technology and human resources are concentrated in one place, namely, the development of science and technological application in the field of THz. The University of Eastern Finland specializes  in the research and application of photonics and nanostructures, as well as other materials. The goal  of the project is to create a new device that will work in the THz frequency range,  participating in the project we can benefit from  the experience of other European countries and share the achievements of Finnish scientists in nanotechnology, especially in photonics.”

Prof.  Dr. Yuri Svirko highlighted the main goal of this cross-border project, namely,the exchange of scientific ideas and knowledge:

“Scientists from the participating countries, young researchers will visit partner research institutions. It is  extremely important for us to expand our international contacts, use our experience in  organizing  a sustainable network that will allow  us to link the expertise of the University of Eastern Finland with that of Lithuania and other EU countries as well as the expertise of  neighboring countries, such as Belarus“.

Prof. Dr. Olivia Pulci from the Department of Physics of the University of  Rome  Tor Vergata , was pleased , that participation in this project will help to pursue  both the academic university's and particular  personal interests. For a decade, dr. O. Pulci has been interested in research  of graphene as a revolutionary material and possibility of  adapting the technology:

“I am very pleased that there is  FTMC, that provides absolutely ideal conditions for researchers. Also, we will  have a Lithuanian company capable of implementing our experimental activities. It is very important that the prototype company is a good link between scientists and the public, ensuring feedback.”

Prof.  Dr. Patrizia Lamberti from the Department of Information, Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the University of Salerno, Italy, who works in this project as a scientist and is also responsible for ensuring gender equality during  the implementation of this project. She says, that international projects are encouraging both scientists and technology creators. Dr. P. Lamberti rejoiced in the fact that the institutions working together during implementation of the project, have to share their facilities and knowledge with each other. Thus, young Italian and foreign scientists have excellent opportunities to work in FTMC, which is the world leader in the field of terahertz studies.

 “From our point of view, we will be able  to offer our doctoral students an ideal place, equipped with all the necessary tools for their experiments. FTMC is a great partner as it can offer  new equipment, instruments, technologies, and excellent environment for doctoral students from other countries. Unfortunately, in Italy we do not have such modern, spacious laboratories and facilities for studying, comparing and applying new techniques or technologies in different contexts. ”- said Patrizia Lamberti.

 According to prof.  Dr. Patrizia Lamberti, it is  necessary to announce the message to the whole EU that there is a great scientific center in Vilnius possessing the capacity to compete globally:

"The first time I visited  FTMC, I felt like a child in an amusement park. Here I saw all instruments, equipment, that I had heard about, because I was an electrical engineer,  but I had never used them in my work. I consider FTMC  to be a  dream place for every scientist. As a researcher, I can get all I need  for my experiments in one place.  Here I can perform any experiment  according to best scientific practice. For electronics engineers, FTMC is a magic  place to fulfill your dreams. I really want to work here. ”

Dr. Polina Kuzhir, Head of the Laboratory of Atomic Problems of Research Institute of the State University of Belarus mentioned, that this project is highly promising and doomed to  success:

“All project participants have their own specific functions that do not duplicate. We in Belarus are involved as full-fledged scientific partners, so we are  responsible for electromagnetic theory and part of the electromagnetic experiment. We are happy to be able to work with  FTMC. The Centre is the strategic, key-partner of our University, without which we would not be able to compete and work internationally with other EU countries. We’ve always been interested in projects of this kind, because they provide great access to powerful research infrastructure,  which is  not available at  our university.  Thanks to this project, researchers from Belarus will have open  access to equipment and infrastructure of FTMC and other project partners. We hope that together  will be able to create a specific prototype of the device, so this project will be commercially viable.“

The planned duration of the project is four years and the end is scheduled for 2023.