EU Attract grant for camera that sees chemical composition

April 4th 2019

A consortium of DIFFER, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and DIFFER spin-off Chromodynamics has received a €100,000 grant to develop RAMANTIS, a camera system that can see the chemical composition of materials and biological tissues. RAMANTIS will be able to observe and analyze up to 10 different wavelengths of light at the same time. This will make it possible to perform real-time 2D Raman Imaging, a process that previously took seconds to days.

From nuclear fusion to chemical composition

The RAMANTIS project builds on the MANTIS camera system that Chromodynamics CEO Wouter Vijvers designed during his postdoc at DIFFER. The system is capable of live monitoring of the hot plasma near the exhaust wall of nuclear fusion experiments. By feeding the light gathered through a view port to a series of smart camera's, each for a narrow bandwith of light, MANTIS can follow up to 10 different interactions between atoms and ions in the hot fusion plasma. This enables researchers to monitor and eventually control the ideal state of the plasma and optimize fusion performance.

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MANTIS diagnostic analyses fusion plasma in real time

MANTIS data taken during a so-called Standard Shot of the Swiss fusion experiment TCV, performed before a day's operations to benchmark the reactors performance.