‘Work Package’ means a major sub-division of the proposed project.
The CHEQUERS project is organised into 8 Work Packages (WPs) each with its own distinct set of planned task and outcomes, but all are inter-dependent:
|WP1||QCL light engine development||FRAUNHOFER|
|WP2||Detector Module development||VIGO|
|WP6||End user evaluation||BKA|
|WP7||Dissemination and Exploitation
WP1 – QCL light engine development
The main objective of this WP is the fabrication of the core light engine for two strands of the project. Planned tasks include design, epitaxial growth, processing, high definition facet coating, integrated mounting, laser driver and resonator control electronics.
WP2 – Detector Module development
WP2 sees the development and fabrication of the detection module for two strands of the project. Development work will cover design, epitaxial growth, processing, assembly, packaging, PCB design and electronics assembly testing and tuning.
WP3 – Imager development
The aim of WP3 is to develop novel tripod mounted and hand-held scanning systems to exploit the frequency agile sources developed in WP1; the MEMS devices developed in this WP and the detectors developed in WP2.
WP4 – Image Processing
WP4 involves the establishment of the hardware and software for hyperspectral imaging data handling and analysis.
WP5 – System Integration
The focus of WP5 will be to integrate the novel sources and detection schemes into systems suitable for demonstration and end-user activities. Pre-prototype systems will be developed using dedicated mechanics, opto-mechanics and electronics – and initial demonstration and concept testing will be carried out.
WP6 – End user evaluation
This WP comprises demonstration activities based on the technologies developed within the project. These will include a demonstration of the detection of harmful substances and precursors within an improvised laboratory through the use of the CHEQUERS detection device. The validation will be conducted by using the device in real life situations for example at searches or the investigation of improvised explosives.
WP7 – Dissemination and Exploitation Planning
The aim of WP7 is to disseminate the results of the project, both scientific and technological, all over Europe through a variety of channels such as publications, workshops, participation to conferences and a project website. Regular contact with external end-users will be a key feature of the project.
WP8 – Project Management
The objective of this WP8 is to optimise the management and communications environment in which the project is performed. As a principle, proactive communication and early identification and resolution of issues through open and effective communications with all stakeholders will be the priority.