European ATTRACT grant for Chromodynamics and partners

European ATTRACT grant for Chromodynamics and partners

A consortium consisting of DIFFER, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Chromodynamics has received a €100,000 grant to develop a camera system that can see the chemical composition of materials and biological tissues. This system will be able to perform this in real-time, while similar measurements previously took seconds to days. ATTRACT is a European granting scheme for bringing breakthrough imaging technologies developed at academic institutes closer to commercial application. Out of the 1211 proposals submitted, 170 were selected for funding.


The granted project builds on the MANTIS camera system that Chromodynamics CEO Wouter Vijvers designed during his postdoctoral research 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 single viewing port to a series of smart camera’s, each observing a narrow color-band 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.


EU Attract – developing breakthrough technologies
MANTIS diagnostic – analyses fusion plasma in real time
VU LaserLaB – leading institute in the Netherlands on laser diagnostics
DIFFER – Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research