Project Partners


CHEQUERS has 6 Project partners

Schematic showing positioning of partners within CHEQUERS project consortium

Schematic showing positioning of partners within CHEQUERS project consortium

KITE Innovation (Europe) Limited

KITE Innovation works with university and commercial sectors to support research collaboration, enterprise, and knowledge-based business development.

KITE provides experienced hands-on practical support to all types of initiative in this business space with a special focus on European research collaboration and Horizon 2020. Always aiming to deliver high-value services that make a real difference, the KITE team can provide innovative and flexible packages which buy-in to the successful outcomes of the project.

Offices in Scotland and Northern England provide services to many leading UK and European universities, SMEs and large industrial organisations.

M Squared Lasers Limited

M2 develops and manufactures next-generation diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers and related systems. The company expertise spans CW to fs, and from DUV to THz. It has longstanding experience and demonstrated success in delivering innovative solid-state laser products and meeting customer application requirements. Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, M2 has global reach and provides local sales and service support via representatives in Europe, the USA and Asia.

M2 technology and capabilities include: Diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSS); Ultrashort pulse lasers: picosecond and femtosecond sources; Ultranarrow linewidth lasers (tunable or fixed wavelength); Ultraviolet (UV) and Deep Ultraviolet (DUV) laser sources OEM laser sources and instrumentation sub-systems and custom laser solutions for demanding new applications.

Expertise covers a diverse range of applications, with particular emphasis on: scientific research and development; laser spectroscopy; atomic cooling and manipulation; ultrafast laser applications; multiphoton imaging (MPI) and microscopy; biophotonic applications; semiconductor inspection and metrology and optical data storage.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.

Fraunhofer’s research effort in CHEQUERS will be carried out by two research groups from different institutues: the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS):

Fraunhofer IAF is one of the leading research facilities worldwide in the field of III-V semiconductors. Fraunhofer IAF develops electronic and optoelectronic devices based on modern micro- and nanostructures. The technologies developed by IAF find applications in areas such as security, energy, communication, health, and mobility. The Fraunhofer IPMS is dedicated to applied research and development at the highest international level in the fields of photonic microsystems, microsystems technologies, nanoelectronic technologies and wireless microsystems.< br/>
Innovative processes and products which are based upon our various technologies can be found in all large markets – such as information and communication technologies, consumer products, automobile technology, semiconductor technology, measurement and medical technology.

Fraunhofer UK Research Limited

Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd is the legal entity and headquarters organisation for Fraunhofer research centres in the UK.  Fraunhofer research centres perform professional, application-oriented research and development services for, and with, industry. Fraunhofer also has a significant training mission and hosts and trains a large number of doctoral students every year.

Fraunhofer UK was created, following the instigation of UK government, with collaboration and financial support from:

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • University of Strathclyde.

The first UK Fraunhofer Centre is based in Glasgow and builds on the strong photonics clusters in Scotland and other parts of the UK, and is for the benefit of the UK and EU.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives.

VIGO System S.A.

Vigo System S.A. is a private SME established in the mid-eighties to commercialise the research effort of the founder in the field of optoelectronics. The company has specialized in research, development and fabrication of MWIR and LWIR photodetectors operating without cryocooling, at ambient temperature or temperatures achievable with Peltier coolers. The company has developed and manufactured fast and sensitive IR HgCdTe photodetectors optimized for any narrow or wide bands within the 2 μm – 16 μm spectral range.

VIGO delivers thousands of detectors and detection modules for industrial, scientific, medical, and other applications. An example is detectors for gas sensing applications delivered for 2011 Mars Science Laboratory NASA mission.

Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)

The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) is the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. BKA’s mandate includes co-ordinating crime suppression at national and international levels. To this end, the BKA was established as the central office for police information and communications as well as for the German Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

By acting as the information and communication centre of the German police, the BKA provides support to the police forces at federal and state level in connection with the prevention and prosecution of crimes that involve more than one German state and that are of international significance or otherwise of considerable significance. The core tasks of the BKA are described by these five functions:

  • Function as a Central Agency
  • Investigative Functions
  • International Functions
  • Protection Tasks and Prevention
  • Administrative Functions

The central agency functions of the BKA also include the operation and maintenance of facilities and collections for identification material and forensic science. The work of the Forensic Science Institute is strongly marked by research subjects, be it to improve methods, to raise the level of proof or to find innovative answers to new criminalistic challenges. The BKA thus fulfils its central agency and coordination function: It works closely with the State Criminal Police Offices and with forensic science institutes in other countries. At European level, the co-operation within the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), founded in 1993, has proven valuable in particular. ENFSI is a network of the approximately 50 most important forensic science institutes in Europe

BKA are headquartered in Weisbaden, Germany – with offices in Berlin and near Bonn.