On-chip PHotonics Erbium-doped Laser for LIdar Applications


OPHELLIA: On-chip PHotonics Erbium-doped Laser for LIdar Applications

OPHELLIA is a collaborative research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The objective of OPHELLIA is to develop novel materials and integration technology for the realization of innovative PIC(a) building blocks to develop PIC-based laser sources for emerging TOF(Time of Flight) and FMCW(Frequency-modulated continuous-wave) LiDAR applications. These LIDAR will be low cost and low size thanks to the high chip integration and tolerant packaging technology  while, at the same time, exhibit the same or even higher performance than existing solutions. […]

Project Information

Coordinated by Universiteit Twente



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Status :
Ongoing project

EU Contribution

Overall budget :
€ 4 556 775

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Start Date :
1 January 2021

End Date :
31 January 2025

8 Participants


The University of Twente has around 3.300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting- edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9.000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Kennispark Twente, a technology park incubator of the technologies developed at the university.


Keopsys company manufactures the highest quality fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers for a large variety of applications such as Defense, Environmental monitoring (remote and in situ sensing), and Scientific research.​


LioniX International is a leading global provider of customized microsystem solutions in scalable production volumes. We provide customized solutions for OEM’s and System Integrators, from design to fully assembled modules, by vertical integration and in scalable production volumes. We maintain our technology leadership secured by a strong IP position. LioniX International core competences are in Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC), customized MEMS, and opto-fluidics.


The company offers machines and processes for 3D nano-printing in the field of photonic integration and packaging. Our solutions cover the full range from small-scale prototyping to fully automated mass production. The technology has been researched at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for almost one decade. Vanguard Automation GmbH was founded in 2017 as a joint venture of Vanguard Photonics GmbH and ficonTEC Service GmbH.


Thales Research & Technology-France is the main multidisciplinary research unit of the Thales Group, one of the major world players in aerospace, space, defense, and security. Through its internal activities and scientific links with industries and universities, either in France or internationally, Thales Research & Technology-France is participating in the preparation of Thales’ industrial future in strategic R&D fields.


From factory automation to logistics automation and process automation, SICK’s sensor solutions are keeping industry moving. As a technology and market leader, SICK provides sensor intelligence and application solutions that create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently, protecting individuals from accidents, and preventing damage to the environment.


With 40 years of experience in the research, development and production of laser scanners, rangefinders and distancemeters RIEGL delivers proven innovations in 3D. Dedicated to designing, developing, and producing the best possible laser sensors for the desired application in order to perfectly fulfil the given measurement task and therefore fully satisfy the customers’ expectations worldwide.


TEMATYS is a team of highly qualified consultants, committed to provide a very comprehensive understanding on trends, markets and use of photonic technologies and their applications. Our main clients are companies of any size, from international groups to SMEs and start-up. We have also developed a special expertise in technology transfer and R&D valorization dedicated to Research Organizations and Laboratories, and we provide strategic views on optics and photonics markets for clusters and public agencies.