Work Packages and Strategies

‘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:

WP Number

WP Title

Lead beneficiary

WP1 QCL light engine development FRAUNHOFER
WP2 Detector Module development VIGO
WP3 Imager development CAP
WP4 Image Processing FRAUNHOFER
WP5 System Integration M2
WP6 End user evaluation BKA
WP7 Dissemination and Exploitation
WP8 Project Management MODUS
Schematic showing the relationship between the WPs in CHEQUERS

Schematic showing the relationship between the WPs in CHEQUERS

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.