Subject: Polish Newsletter on Optics and Photonics – September 2023 – Candela Foundation & PPTF

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Polish Newsletter on Optics and Photonics

edition #22 (September 2023)

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Good morning!

We invite you to read the twenty-second issue of the Polish Newsletter on Optics and Photonics. After the summer break, we are back with two ERC grants for Polish optics and photonics, reports from foreign fairs as well as conferences organised in Poland.

We invite you to read and share your feedback with us,
Candela Foundation

Polish Technological Platform on Photonics

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Two ERC Starting Grants for optics and photonics in Poland

Maciej Trusiak from the Warsaw University of Technology and Łukasz Sterczewski from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology are among the 400 laureates of ERC Starting Grants - prestigious grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). Congratulations and best wishes for further success!

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Senior Laser Electronic Engineer

Solaris Lasers

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Senior Optic Engineer

Curiosity Diagnostics

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Coating specialist

SZAJNA Optical Lab

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Polish photonics in Kielce and Taipei

Polish photonics was presented at the defence exhibition MSPO and the microelectronics exhibition SEMICON Taiwan. A strong representation of Polish companies and research institutions participated in the concurrent events. In both cases, these were the largest editions of those exhibitions to date.

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Inoko Vision begins testing at clinic

Inoko Vision has begun testing its NeuroFET device at the OFTLAMIKA eye clinic in Bydgoszcz. The NeuroFET system measures the movement trajectories of the microsaccades of the eye that keeps gaze on the optotype displayed on the fixation screen.

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    Cooperation between VIGO Photonics and PCO

    During MSPO 2023, VIGO Photonics signed a letter of intent for cooperation with PCO SA. The cooperation will concern the development of new solutions tailored to the needs of the modern battlefield, in particular infrared arrays based on T2SL (Type II Superlattice) technology.
    Photo provided by VIGO Photonics

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    The first edition of CRATER is over

    The first week of September concluded with a two-day international event prepared by ICTER and the Candela Foundation - the Conference on Recent Advances in Translational Eye Resarch. More than 160 participants from academia, industry and NGOs attended the first edition.

    Photo provided by ICTER.

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    Elections to the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders

    The European technology platform, Photonics21, has announced the election of members of the Board of Stakeholders - a body representing the more than 3,500 stakeholders that make up the European photonics ecosystem.  You can register to vote until Saturday 23 September (remember to confirm your registration by clicking the link in your email!).

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    Wednesday Photonics Seminars – survey

    Łukasiewicz - Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics, organiser of the monthly meetings of the Polish photonics community entitled Wednesday Photonics Seminar has developed a survey for their past and future participants. It will serve to improve the formula. We encourage you to fill it in online!

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    VIGO Photonics and Creotech Instruments agreements

    Creotech Instruments has concluded a contract with the Space Research Centre PAS for the assembly of electronics for the IMAP space probe. The final recipient of the electronics is NASA.

    VIGO Photonics will supply the PGZ group company with infrared detectors for the explosion suppression and fire suppression system in combat vehicles.

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    New members in PPTF and KMEiF

    The following organisations have joined the PPTF and the Microelectronics, Electronics and Photonics Cluster: Tomorrow's Technologies (operating under the Opt Lasers brand), Creotech Instruments, the University of Rzeszów and Digital Core Design .

    Long-time PPTF member Perspectiva Solutions and Interlab have joined the Cluster itself.

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    Research highlights

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    Towards ideal fluorescent markers

    Strong red fluorescence and excellent photostability - these two characteristics are necessary for a compound to be called an ideal fluorescent dye for molecular biology applications. A compound combining these two characteristics has been successfully designed, synthesised and fully characterised by scientists working under the direction of Daniel T. Gryko from the Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS.

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    'Switching off' magnets with a laser? An idea for superfast nanoelectronics

    When a material with magnetic properties, constructed from suitably selected layers, is illuminated by a pulse from an X-ray laser, it rapidly demagnetises. The phenomenon, so far poorly understood, could in future be used in nanoelectronics, for example to build ultrafast magnetic switches

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    PhotonHub Europe

    PhotonHub Europe (PHE) is a Europe-wide support network for entrepreneurs who want to incorporate innovative photonic solutions into their products or processes. Supported by national PhotonHubs, the 36 top European technology centres offer information and training, business support, support in raising funding and a wide network of contacts - and above all the opportunity to experiment, test and develop technologies (including scaling up production). PhotonHub also comprehensively supports startups. However, the main part of its offer is high-end technology services, available at a very significant discount thanks to EU funding.

    These services are available to all entities in the EU, with a special focus on SMEs. The PPTF is the Polish partner of PHE as the national photonics hub.

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    Prepare for your meeting with the investor

    PhotonHub has opened another edition of its investor readiness programme. Photonics and deep tech companies that intend to:

    - prepare to meet investors

    - improve their offer presentations with proven mentors

    - meet investors interested in funding their technology

    can apply for participation in the programme until 4 October.

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