Welcome to ICARUS
ICARUS is a partnership of leading European research groups working in the areas of organic and inorganic semiconductors, nanotechnology and photonics. We are exploring the combination of organic and inorganic semiconductor materials to create new 'hybrid' materials for optoelectronics. We are currently working in the following research areas:
- Electrically driven hybrid organic-inorganic heterojunction devices, in which energy transfer will occur between an inorganic device component and an organic / nanocrystal over-layer. The expectation is that this will result in new hybrid-semiconductor LED and PV devices.
- The manipulation of electronic excitations in hybrid nano-systems. Research will include the investigation of light-driven interactions between organic materials, metallic nanoparticles and semiconductor nanocrystals of different shapes. The objective is to permit the direct manipulation of hybrid excitations.
- The fabrication and properties of high finesse optical cavities containing organic thin films and mixed (hybrid) semiconductor layers. The research goal is to generate and explore optical non-linearity and stimulated scattering effects and energy transfer in hybrid polariton-based devices.
- The development of micropillar and nanocavity structures containing organic thin-films. The work will explore the lasing and coherence properties of these structures. The goal of this research is the development of single-photon devices.
- The fabrication and optimisation of electrically driven microcavity devices containing organic semiconductors. The goal of this research is to create electrically pumped organic polariton devices.