MOCCA – Multiscale Optical Frequency Combs: Advanced Technologies and Applications is a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) consortium of high-profile universities in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

Background of the Project
The growth of the photonics market and the great potential of photonics in addressing global challenges create a huge demand in innovative solutions and qualified experts with multidisciplinary skills in photonics and micro and nano-technologies, able to advance photonic technologies towards applications ranging from spectroscopy to LIDARs. EID MOCCA responds to the huge demand of qualified experts, by providing for 4 early-stage researchers (ESRs) a world-class advanced training programme (TP), which will bring them to the level of the next generation of leaders in the field of photonics. The TP will be implemented through the unique combination of “hands-on” research training, non-academic placements and advanced inter/multidisciplinary/inter-sectoral training, to attain scientific skills (nonlinear optics and laser physics, micro- and nano-technologies) and transferable skills. MOCCA underpins innovative technological development across the entire range of photonics-based disciplines: laser physics and engineering, micro- and nano-photonic components and circuits. The unique Research Programme addresses demand in innovative solutions by developing a new generation of optical frequency comb (OFC) techniques, based on the expertise of world-leading academic and industrial partners. Research outcomes will result in new products, services and markets, based on advancing OFC generators with required characteristics in science, industry, and healthcare.