The Senate of the DFG established the Priority Programme “Tailored Disorder – A science- and engineering-based approach to materials design for advanced photonic applications” (SPP 1839). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period. The Priority Programme aims at the investigation of photonic properties of materials with deliberately introduced and controlled structural and/or compositional disorder from a fundamental scientific perspective. Recent developments in this emerging research field showed that breaking periodicity opens fabrication routes for novel materials and devices with desired, unusual and unforeseen optical properties.
For the projects it is mandatory to identify design rules for artificial synthesis or fabrication of photonic architectures for the visible and NIR wavelength range with tailored disorder, in combination with one of the following research directions:
- identification and characterisation of biological blueprints showing photonic nano-structures with properties originating from disorder,
- development of theoretical and numerical tools to model structures with tailored disorder,
- development of novel structures with properties that rely on tailored disorder.
The Priority Programme’s final goal is to comprehend, artificially design and fabricate a novel class of advanced photonic materials and custom-made devices for a variety of applications, the performance of which is related to tailored disorder within 2-D/3-D architectures. The complete call.