FROM PROTEINS TO STARS

Explore a world of possibilities with unprecedented sensitivity using our stand-alone room temperature infrared and terahertz detectors.

Invisible-Light Labs enables you to achieve new paradigms by allowing you to detect infrared and terahertz radiation at room temperature with our ultra sensitive nanomechanical resonators.

Applications include improved disease understanding, better drugs,increased safety and more efficient protection of the environment.

Applications

The IR to THz region of the electromagnetic spectrum hosts a wealth of intriguing interactions between radiation and matter. The ability to obtain IR/THz molecular fingerprints with high sensitivity at room temperature is of particular interest for a wide range of applications such as pharmaceuticals, fundamental research, food & agriculture, environmental monitoring, security and materials.

PHARMACEUTICALS 

What if you could speed up the analysis times of biomolecules, monitor processes online, improve quality control, identify pharmaceutical  counterfeits, characterize polymorphism and more?

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 

What if you could ensure food safety and minimize waste by monitoring gas by-products of spoilage?

RESEARCH 

What if you could achieve ultra-sensitive MIR to FIR detection without cryogenic cooling?

ENVIROMENTAL MONITORING 

What if you could detect and characterize low concentrations of environmental pollutants directly at the source?

PHARMACEUTICALS
What if you could speed up the analysis times of biomolecules, monitor processes online, improve quality control, identify pharmaceutical  counterfeits, characterize polymorphism and more?

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 

What if you could ensure food safety and minimize waste by monitoring gas by-products of spoilage during transport, storage or even directly on the store shelf?

RESEARCH 

What if you could achieve ultra-sensitive MIR to FIR detection without cryogenic cooling?

ENVIROMENTAL MONITORING 

What if you could detect and characterize low concentrations of environmental pollutants directly in the field?

TECHNOLOGY

We use an ultrasensitive nanomechanical membranes to detect infrared and terahertz radiation. These very sensitive detectors can operate at room temperature, eliminating the need for cryogenic cooling. A broadband absorber allows the detection of mid-IR to far-IR (THz) radiation with high sensitivity.

Proof of concept:
Click here to read our PNAS paper where we demonstrated a sensitivity of a few femtowatt per square root hertz.

Room temperature operation

Our detector operates at room temperature and does not require any cryogenic cooling.

Broad spectral range

A broadband absorber allows the detection
of mid-IR to far-IR (THz) radiation with high sensitivity.

Nanomechanical detector technology

We use an ultrasensitive nanomechanical thermometer to detect infrared and terahertz radiation. Click here to read our PNAS paper where we demonstrated a sensitivity of a few femtowatt per square root hertz. Click here to read about how our new technology expands the IR/THz spectro-scopy toolkit and even allows the drumming up of single-molecule beats

The NEMS detector can be added to the extra port of your spectrometer
Comparison of the different detector technologies available on the market
Technology
CoolingRange Range

NEP

W/Hz1/2

D* 

cm•Hz1/2/W


NEMS
     
Photonic crystals MIR (single wavelength)3 to 5 µm2.0E-15 
InGaAs Photodiodes MIR3 to 5 µm5.0E-151.0E+13
4,2K TES Bolometer Liquid HeliumFIR3 to 5 µm  
Cooled MCTLiquid NitrogenMIR3 to 5 µm 2.0E+11
Cooled MCTLiquid NitrogenMIR3 to 5 µm1.1E-121.0E+10
195K TE Cooled MCT MIR3 to 5 µm1.8E-111.0E+10

InAsSb photovoltaic

detectors

Liquid NitrogenMIR (single wavelength)3 to 5 µm 8.5E+10

InAsSb photovoltaic

detectors

 Vis to FIR3 to 5 µm1.4E-105.0E+09
Uncooled MCT . UV to FIR3 to 5 µm3.0E-102.0E+09
Golay cell THz 1.0E-107.0E+09
DLaTGS Pyroelectric detector THz 1.0E-091.5E+09
Shottky diode MIR3 to 5 µm 1.0E+08
Semiconductor cameras     
Thermopile     

NEP: Noise Equivalent Power
D*: Detectivity

About the company

Invisible Light Labs GmbH was founded 2019 by Dr. Josiane Lafleur and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Silvan Schmid. The company is currently part of the TU Wien i2c incubator.

At Invisible-Light Labs, we strive to make a positive impact on the world we live in by enabling groundbreaking scientific discoveries with our highly sensitive IR sensors. We use the synergy of our multidisciplinary team and apply the mechanics point of view to the optics world to create radically new room temperature IR sensors based on innovative NEMS technology.

We acknowledge funding by the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS), the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (ERC PoC grant  No. 875518 ) and the IPA4SME program. Invisible-Light Labs holds a Seal of Excellence from the European Commission for its NEMS Detector project and is the recipient of an EIC Transition Grant (Project NEMILIES grant No. 1011058011).

  

TEAM

We have an outstanding international and multi-disciplinary team. We strongly believe that the synergistic combination of our varied backgrounds in an open-minded setting is the best  way to come up with innovative ideas to the challenges we face.

 

Dr. Josiane P. Lafleur

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Josiane has a doctoral degree in Analytical Chemistry (McGill University, Canada). Previously, she was Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). 

“After many years doing research in academia, I decided to finally take the plunge and bring an innovation from the laboratory to the market. I think I can have a positive impact on the world we live in by helping scientists to make new ground-breaking discoveries, improving food safety, environmental monitoring and more.”

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Silvan Schmid

Co-Founder

Silvan has a doctoral degree in Nanomechanics (ETH Zurich).
He is now professor at TU Wien and head of the Research Unit of Micro- and Nanosensors at the Institute of Sensors and Actuator Systems.

“I believe a scientist’s career is defined by their scientific discoveries and their positive impact in the world. We scientists owe it to society to make our discoveries available to everyone. Transforming a research result into a product and making it available to expert users leads to a direct improvement of people’s lives.”

Niklas Luhmann

Niklas Luhmann, M.Sc.

Head of Technical Development

Niklas has a Master degree in Physics from the University of Konstanz (Germany) during which he worked on the very first detector prototypes. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Nanomechanical Sensing at TU Wien (Austria).

“I always wanted to be a scientist, which is why I studied physics. I have a passion for nanotechnology and its application to sensor systems. I am fascinated by how one can perceive nature with such extraordinary precision.” 

Hajrudin Bešić, M.Sc.

Head of Electronics & Software Development

Hajrudin has a Master degree in Biomedical/Medical Engineering from and is currently completing his Ph.D in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at TU Wien (Austria). 

“Developing new devices and technology on a daily basis is what excites me. I want to make major contributions to society and push the limits of existing technology.”

Tatjana Penn, M.Eng.

Development Engineer

Tatjana holds a Bachelor of Microsystems Technology and a Master of Electrical and Microsystems Engineering from OTH Regensburg (Germany) .

“I have always wanted to be an engineer and work on a new and revolutionizing project. Being part of this team is an engineer’s dream come true!”

Veljko Vukićević, M.Sc.

Electronics & Software Development Engineer

Veljko has a bachelors degree and Master degree in Embedded Systems from TU Wien (Austria). He’s an expert in electronics & software development.

“Since I was a kid I wanted to make a world a better place. Together with a team of amazing people I am finally able to make my childhood dreams come true!”

Jelena Timarac Popović, M.Sc.

Development Engineer

Jelena has a Master degree in Physics from the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and is currently working on her Ph.D in Nanomechanical Sensing at TU Wien (Austria).

“I want to apply what I have learned so far and to acquire new innovative skills while changing our world for the better. Nanotechnology plays a very important role in the improvement of applied science and industry, and therefore human lives, as well as in the preservation of the environment, to which I also want to contribute.”

Dr. Andrej Mošat

Business Developer

Andrej has a Doctoral degree in chemical engineering from ETH Zurich  (CH). He is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the field of optical sensors.

“The right to serve customers across continents is not given. It must be won sailing rough, high seas through ingenuity, sweat, and consistency. With this ship’s crew we can breathe life to it all.”

Duygu Özer Geniş, M.Sc.

R&D Scientist, Data Analyst

Duygu has masters degree in Food Engineering from Hacettepe University (TR. She has extensive experience in chemometrics, calibration models development, testing, and validation.

“Since I was a kid I have loved maths and numbers. The combination of big numbers (data) and nanotechnology excite me. The most exciting is the usage of this combination for a better world especially better food safety with these scientific people. I am thrilled to be a part of this team.”

Johannes Hiesberger

Development Engineer

Johannes is currently completing is Masters Degree in nanomechanical sensing at TU Wien (Austria) during which he worked on our detector prototypes. He joins the company as a development engineer to further their development.

“Since I was young I never wanted to do rudimentary work. I wanted to apply myself in creative ways and be challenged. I am glad to be part of a team that allows me to do this.”
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Invisible-Light Labs erhält EU-Förderung von 2,2 Millionen Euro

Invisible-Light Labs is granted 2.2M Euro in the first ever EIC-Transition call. Click here to learn more about project NEMILIES!

– Trending Topics, 19.01.2022  

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Invisible-Light Labs: Dieses Spin-off will mit Infrarotwellen die Umwelt scannen

Mit Strahlung zu arbeiten, die man nicht sieht, aber durchaus spüren kann, das ist das Gebiet des neuen Wiener Startups Invisible-Light Labs… 

– Trending Topics, 12.09.2019  

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Invisible-Light Labs featured in Forbes’ list of spin-offs to watch in 2021!

Invisible-Light Labs stands proudly at #20 in this year’s list of 30 spin-offs to watch in the DACH region. 

– Forbes DACH, 24.02.2021  

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Wie Hightech die Erde entgiften kann


Schadstoffe im Boden gelangen zurück zum Menschen. Wie Technologie entgegenwirkt…

– futurezone, 09.12.2019 

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scientific comments & blog posts

A Rebirth for IR Spectroscopy?

Derek Lowe 
In The Pipeline, 10 March, 2017 

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Drumming up single-molecule beats

Erik H. Horak and Randall H. Goldsmith 
PNAS, 30 October, 2018

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WHERE CAN YOU MEET US?

SCIX conference, Presentation IR-04.3:
Introducing Temperature-controlled Desorption Separation by Nanoelectromechanical Photothermal Infrared Spectroscopy – 3 October 2022, 4:30PM

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