On-chip optical sensors with attonewton sensitivity

Themes: High tech, Aerospace

Late lab scale demonstration

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We fabricate the world's thinnest and most mechanically-isolated mirrors with potential applications in force and mass sensing, inertial navigation, optomechanics, optical filters, quantum information processing, and gravity detection.


Our novel sensors operate at room-temperature and on-chip making them the highest quality and commercially viable platform for integrated photonic and MEMS circuits. Their simple design makes them immediately packageable and easy to functionalise.


Using world-class expertise in nanofabrication, we produce the highest yield in ultra-thin MEMS literature. Coupled with simple designs, this can be translated into industrial manufacturing, significantly reducing production costs and timelines.

Dr. Richard Norte


João Moura

Dr. Simon Groeblacher