QuadraComb is a Starting Grant ERC research project (2017), led by François Leo (OPERA, Brussels School of Engineering)

François Leo's project aims to make the production of optical rulers — currently a very expensive technology — more simple and affordable. Commonly used in many disciplines, they are composed of a wide range of frequencies of light, each known with an extremely high degree of precision, allowing them to measure distance and time with high accuracy. Manufacturing these rulers is however currently a multi-stage process that requires several large and expensive pieces of equipment, making it accessible only to specialised laboratories.
During his project, François Leo is hoping to develop optical rulers that can be produced in a single manufacturing step, which would reduce equipment size and make the rulers more accessible. His starting point will be patterns that appear spontaneously in nature: new frequencies are created naturally under certain conditions, and they could be used to produce an optical ruler.
End of the project: 31/09/2022

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 757800).

Created on August 9, 2018