6 December 2021
Aixtron partners in EU doctoral program QUANTIMONY
Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE of Herzogenrath, near Aachen, Germany says that it is a partner in the new program QUANTIMONY (‘Innovative Training Network in Quantum Semiconductor Technologies Exploiting Antimony’).
Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (grant agreement number 956548-QUANTIMONY-H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020), the project is an international network for doctoral education supporting the training of young academics as well as research into quantum technologies utilizing antimony (Sb).
QUANTIMONY provides 14 junior researchers with PhD positions, spanning all scientific and engineering aspects (from modeling to material growth and characterization to industrial use), as an entry into the field of semiconductor science and technology.
QUANTIMONY is configured as a multi-site international network (spanning eight European countries, plus USA, Taiwan and Brazil). The consortium comprises 11 research teams as beneficiaries and is supported by 12 partner organizations, namely: Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Lancaster University, University of Warwick, Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), Technical University Berlin (TUB), University of Würzburg, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Aixtron SE, IQE plc, Nextnano GmbH, Bruker AXS, Nanoplus GmbH, Lancaster Materials Analysis Ltd (LMA), TiberLab Srl, QuantCAD LLC, Fluxim AG, Lund University, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Cardiff University, Universidad de Cádiz (UCA), Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar).
Focus on antimonide-based semiconductor components
The work focuses on research into semiconductor quantum components that contain the element antimony. With QUANTIMONY a contribution should be made to raise the full potential of the III-Sb compound semiconductors gallium antimonide (GaSb), indium antimonide (InSb) and aluminium antimonide (AlSb). Antimonic semiconductor components are to be used primarily in optoelectronic applications such as LEDs, lasers and detectors in the infrared spectral range as well as DRAM memories, single-photon sources and solar cells.
Via QUANTIMONY, it is intended for antimony compounds to find a path to volume production by utilizing metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technology, enabling usage in computers and memories, telecommunications, automobiles, robotics and many other applications beyond those that are already served in aerospace and security.
“Quantum semiconductor technologies based on antimony are an important field of the future,” says professor Michael Heuken, VP Advanced Technologies at Aixtron and head of the QUANTIMONY Exploitation and Industrial Engagement Committee. “The research work of these doctoral students within the framework of QUANTIMONY will make a decisive contribution to accelerating the necessary research and development work for this future technology,” he adds. “The results will contribute to technological solutions for energy saving and solving the climate emergency.”