About the project

SMART-electron aims at developing an innovative technological platform for designing, realizing and operating all-optical rapidly-programmable phase masks for electrons. SMART-electron will introduce a new paradigm where properly synthesized ultrafast electromagnetic fields will be used for engineering the phase space of a free-electron wave function.

This will allow us to achieve unprecedented space/time/energy/momentum shaping of electron matter waves, thus surpassing conventional passive monolithic schemes and revolutionizing the way materials are investigated in electron microscopy.

Who we are

The SMART-electron Consortium comprises some of the top players in the world of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nano-photonics:

The University of Milano-Bicocca is a young university (established in 1998) with a strong commitment to international research in science, medicine and social sciences. It is one of the most dynamic and research- and innovation-oriented Italian universities. In recent years, it has created an extensive network including many well-established universities, research centres and top corporations.

website: https://www.unimib.it

The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, specializing in the natural sciences and engineering. It currently ranks 18th in the world according to the QS university rankings. According to The Times Higher Education, EPFL ranks 2nd of the world top 100 universities under 50 years old in 2019.

website: https://www.epfl.ch

The Institute of Photonic Sciences was founded in 2002 by the Government of Catalonia and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Located in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, the institute currently hosts 400 people, organized in 26 research groups in 60 state-of-the-art research laboratories.


 
Founded in 1912, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is Israel’s first university and its largest center of applied research. Technion is ranked among the leading technological universities worldwide. A major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, Technion is the engine behind Israel’s renown as the iconic “Startup Nation”. Technion people, ideas, and inventions have made, and continue to make tremendous scientific contributions in fields such as medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation, photonics and nanotechnology.

website: https://www.technion.ac.il/en/home-2/

Istituto di Nanoscienze (NANO) is dedicated to frontier research in nanoscience and nanotechnology, established in 2010. Its S3-laboratory in Modena is devoted to “nanoStructures and bioSystems at Surfaces”, and is based on a multidisciplinary approach and close interaction between experimental and theoretical activities. The group of quantum electron optics and microscopy in NANO has a long standing experience and a world leadership in theoretical and experimental static electron beam shaping, vortex beam and electron-matter interaction. The group is also active on electron simulation and computer aided microscopy and is working now on artificial intelligence and deep learning applications in microscopy.

website: https://www.cnr.it/en

Founded 1999, HOLOEYE Photonics AG is providing products and services in the fields of diffractive optics (DOE), spatial light modulators (SLM) and LCOS microdisplay components. HOLOEYE´s development and engineering team is based in Berlin together with technical sales. HOLOEYE offers a great variety of microdisplay based Spatial Light Modulators products for phase and/or amplitude modulation.

website: https://www.holoeye.com

The Consortium has been tailor-made in order to reach project goals as quickly and effectively as possible, but also to attain maximum impact in the scientific world and in society at large. The wide cross-section of skills and geographical spread in the Consortium ensure that all requirements of responsiveness and adaptive change, diversity and inclusion, openness and transparency, anticipation and reflection are satisfied.

What we do

SMART-electron aims at developing an innovative technological platform for designing, realizing and operating all-optical rapidly-programmable phase masks for electrons. SMART-electron will introduce a new paradigm where properly synthesized ultrafast electromagnetic fields will be used for engineering the phase space of a free-electron wave function.

This will allow us to achieve unprecedented space/time/energy/momentum shaping of electron matter waves, thus surpassing conventional passive monolithic schemes and revolutionizing the way materials are investigated in electron microscopy.

 Project Structure

Magnetic-Structuralstates in TMOsChiral Berryplasmons in TMDCsImplementation of the RHI methodWP3InstallationcommisioningDesign ofTEM sectionOptimization withdeep-learningWP2UTEMcommissioningImplementation ofESPI methodReal-time mapping of electrochemical reactions in a Li battery model systemWP4CL detectorinstallationImplementation of Q-CL methodMapping of GaAs quantum dots and spatio-temporal localization of nanoparticles in cellsWP5WP6 Coordination, management and disseminationWP7 Ethics, requirementTheoreticaldesignMicrofabricationExperimentalcharacterizationWP1