Strategic Impact


SPADnet will provide numerous breakthroughs in scientific-engineering, industrial, and societal domains that will last long after the end of the project. At the scientific-engineering level, it will provide a new paradigm in detection, evaluation, and data communication of wide-field photonic components. At the industrial level, the introduction of innovative techniques for optical concentration at the wafer scale and the use of through-silicon vias, perhaps in the most extensive way since their invention, are the most relevant examples. At the societal level, wide-field photonic components show already their impact enabling new advanced diagnostic techniques and a variety of advances in the biomedical sciences. We plan to expand these advance introducing unprecedented levels of time-resolved imaging techniques.

SPADnet is also a remarkably well-balanced effort, involving the whole spectrum of engineering development from device to system. The consortium believes that this will result in a significant improvement of collaborative activities in photonics at the interface between photonics and CMOS, fostering the adoption of innovative techniques into real products.


Research and Application Fields


The following table summarizes impact in application and research fields:


Research Fields Application Fields
Embriology Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Astronomy, in particular time-correlated astral imaging via HBT interferometry Single photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
Astrophysics X-ray Computed Tomography (CT)
Biochemistry Mammography
  Wide-field FLIM
  Wide-field FCS
  Homeland security (high dynamic range cames), detection of concealed threats (radiation detectors)