Large-scale photonic research has begun with the participation of ten research groups from the ELKH Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Wigner FK). The four-year project, launched at the beginning of January 2022, will be implemented with the support of the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Fund in the framework of the Thematic Excellence Program (TKP 2021).

Photonics is an area of research related to the production, transformation and detection of light that is playing a key role in an increasing number of modern technologies. With state-of-the-art compact lasers, for example, laser frequency and distance measurement can be placed on a new footing. Molecular photonic devices provide more flexible optical tunability than ever before, and are best used in sensor technology and spectroscopic methods for detecting biological agents and hazardous substances. With the further development of detector technology, it is even possible to detect radioactive materials by converting the X-rays emitted by such media into visible light.

The grant will help the researchers to further develop the instruments of several existing laboratories at Wigner FK, and their photonic basic research results can significantly increase the scientific efficiency of the research center and the development of solutions to the challenges of civilization.

In addition, as part of the project, new, competitive research posts will be created, which will make it possible to recruit the best young Hungarian researchers working in the field and also convince researchers working abroad to return home.