A new project called DIAmond Devices Enabled Metrology and Sensing (DIADEMS) has been started following its kick-off meeting in Paris on 12 and 13 September, 2013. DIADEMS is a large-scale integrating project in FET Proactive, supported by the European Community's Seventh Framework ICT Programme.
The core aims of DIADEMS is to exploit the unique physical properties of the Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) colour centre, in single-crystal Chemical Vapour Deposited- diamond, for the development of scanning probe and wide-field magnetometers with high sensitivity and spatial resolution.
If successful these devices will present a new disruptive technology for a wide range of applications in material science and biology. Within the scope of this project the consortium will test this new technology in applications such as:
- Calibration and optimization of write/read magnetic heads for future high capacity (3 terabits per square inch) storage disk
- Imaging of electron-spin in graphene and carbon nanotubes
- Non-invasive investigation of living neuron networks to understand brain function
To deliver this ambitious target the consortium, headed by Thales, pulls together a unique mix from industry and academia involving some of the most prominent groups from across Europe that are pioneers in this field with expertise in:
- Theory (University Ulm, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Hebrew University)
- Material synthesis (Element Six, Fraunhofer Institute IAF, Interuniversitaer Micro-Electronica Centrum VZW and CNRS)
- Fabrication (ETH Zurich, University of Basel, Universität des Saarlandes, University Leipzig)
- NV physics (CNRS, Thales, University of Stuttgart and the University of Ulm)
- Instrument manufacture (Attocube)
Management co-ordination support (ARTTIC)