Consortium

mirSense

mirSense is a French SME. The team of 9 permanent employees is completed with 3 PhD students. mirSense is a startup which develops and produces QCL diodes and advanced photonic devices such as wideband tunable sources for real-time, high sensitivity trace detection and chemical analysis of gas, liquids and solids by infra-red laser absorption spectroscopy. mirSense is a spin-off from the III-V Lab in France where mid infrared sources based on Quantum Cascade Lasers have been developed during fifteen years. Thanks to this research, mirSense, which was only established at the beginning of 2015, has a unique approach, using only microelectronic solutions without any moving mechanical or optic components, resulting in compact and robust devices. mirSense's expertise is the development a unique silicon platform that enables mid-range photonics ICs. We use it for combining lasers and providing advanced MIR sensing solutions. Our philosophy is to be as close to the applications as possible. Our target customers are equipment manufacturers needing sensing systems such as for gas, chemical or medical sensing.

Examples of mirSense products are: a multigas detecting laser module with pulsed or CW operation at room temperature, with 10 mW mean power, which offers a 100 cm-1 tuning range and a single gas laser, which can deliver more than 100 mW. We have already delivered hundreds of these lasers to customers.

mirSense is located on two sites. The Parisian site is located in Palaiseau at the Centre d'Intégration NanoInnov. This site is only 1km away from the III-VLab with which mirSense has signed agreements to benefit from their 2200m2 state-of- the-art clean rooms including semiconductor lines dedicates to the materials of the columns III and V of the Mendeleev table where engineer from mirSense can process Quantum Cascade Lasers. mirSense also has its own laboratory with all the equipment to perform the electro-optical characterization of the active and passive devices. The southern site is located in the CEA-Leti in Grenoble. On that site, the two technologies based on III-V materials and Silicon based technology are gathered to realize our products.

Mathieu Carras