The MUSIQ proposal has been evaluated positively and will therefore receive funding under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018), more precise as an European Training Network (ETN), under grant agreement no. 812992.
MUSIQ – Multiphoton Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Imaging meets Quantum – is designed as an innovative and pioneering training network, with the unique vision of developing the next-generation optical microscopy exploiting quantum coherent nonlinear phenomena.
MUSIQ brings together a multidisciplinary team of physicists, optical engineers, biologists, chemists, from academia and industry, using a broad set of complementary techniques. Through their projects, secondments and collaborative exchanges, all 15 ESRs will have access to an excellent combination of tools, technologies and expertise.
The following scientific objectives highlight the research training goals of this project:
- Investigate nonlinear optical phenomena originating from the intrinsic response of natural biomolecules, to achieve label-free imaging and overcome artefacts from sample staining/fluorescence methods.
- Combine nonlinear (i.e. multiphoton) imaging with ultrafast two-dimensional spectroscopy to increase specificity and unravel quantum coherences in biomolecules.
- Achieve single molecule detection and super-resolution in coherent nonlinear imaging via a combination of approaches, including the enhancement of the light field in the vicinity of metallic (plasmonic) nanostructures.