​Happy today. Victor Torres Company, Associate Professor at the Photonics Laboratory at MC2, has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. Photo: Michael Nystås

Prestigious EU funding for photonic research

Victor Torres Company, Associate Professor at the Photonics Laboratory at MC2, has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. He is one of only 14 Swedish researchers and the only one at Chalmers who receives the award. "It feels great of course! I will have the chance to devote more time and efforts to an exciting line of research," says Victor Torres Company.
ERC Consolidator Grant is one of the finest personal research grants available from the European Research Council (ERC). Competition is razor sharp. Of the 2 538 applicants from all over Europe, only 329 were successful in this round. They were granted a total of 630 million euro.

Victor Torres Company receives a total of 2.2 million euro to lead the five-year project "Dark Soliton Engineering in Microresonator Frequency Combs".
"It is about understanding and developing a special type of laser called "frequency comb” in a highly integrated nanophotonic platform. The scientific aim is reaching a performance suitable for the fiber-optic communication systems of the future", he explains.

It's not the first time Victor has applied for the grant:
"I had tried the ERC before and, although I was very close, I didn’t manage to get the funding. So, I'm very happy that my perseverance has given the expected results!", he says.

Text and photo: Michael Nystås

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Published: Tue 05 Dec 2017. Modified: Mon 11 Dec 2017