ENT, Vigo System’s epitaxy division, is continuously striving to develop, design, and enhance its products, services, and technologies, among others, by extending its R&D capabilities. Over the last year the epitaxy division has succeeded in securing  funding in three prestigious research projects in cooperation with the distinguished international partners.

Vigo System is the coordinator of the project „The technology of the production of innovative epitaxial structures and VCSELs” with the budget of EUR 800,000 funded by the National Centre for Research and Development within the programme “Pathway for Mazowsze”( “Ścieżka dla Mazowsza”). The consortium  includes Lodz university of Technology and Warsaw University of Technology. The aim of the project is the development of new MOCVD solutions for the epitaxy of III-As and III-P vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) and quantum cascade laser (QCL). The epiwafers will be used for the design of the technology of the production of new and improved lasers and VCSELs arrays. VIGO System will also create the technology of the production of single mode VCESLs (to be applied in advanced telecom applications) with optimized structure characterized by high power output and reliability.

The epitaxy division has also acquired EUR 1m from the M-ERA.NET, EU funded network which has been established to support and increase the coordination of European research programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering. The goal of the project „A Novel Transparent Electrodes for VCSELs”,  will be the development of the industrial VCSEL technology enabling high efficiency of the conversion of electrical power into coherent laser emission. VIGO’s task is to manufacture the epi-structures which exhibit high optical parameters, repeatability and uniformity required by a VCSEL with transparent electrodes developed in the Project. The coordinator of the project is Lodz University of Technology. The consortium partners are VIGO Systems S.A., CNRS (The French National Center for Scientific Research) and Warsaw University of Technology. ENT is also involved in the Car2TERA project, which has received EUR 4m from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. From Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to fully Automated Vehicles, Car2TERA combines the results of recent achievements in semiconductor, micro- and nanoelectronics scientific projects. The programme consortium consists of eight highly qualified and diverse industrial and academic partners from five European countries (Austria, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden). ENT’s main task in the project is to fabricate and characterise high quality graphene on SiC, with high transport parameters, repeatability and uniformity, as required by sub-THz devices, developed in WP3. This will provide significant advance over existing sub-THz technologies operating at millimetre wave (mm-wave) frequencies. The devices are to be applied in the project´s system demonstrators.