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Silicon photonics consortium receives £4.8 million Prosperity Partnership boost

The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre is entering into a ‘Prosperity Partnership’ with Rockley Photonics as part of a £4.8m scheme to advance silicon photonics technology.

Over five years, the University’s Silicon Photonics Group will receive £2.7m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), working with Rockley Photonics – who will contribute a further £2m. The University will provide an additional £148,000.

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ORC presents ultimate fibre solution for ultra-stable applications

A team from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has published their research demonstrating a specialty optical fibre with zero-sensitivity to temperature changes.

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Image: Cut through a Hollow-core photonic bandgap fibre in which light propagates in the central hole.
[photo: Gregory Jasion, ORC]



ORC researchers present a dynamic vision for the future of optical communications

Pioneering research from ‘The Photonics Hyperhighway’ programme was presented to an audience of leading experts at the ‘Beyond state-of-the-art optical communications’ showcase event at The Royal Society in London on Friday 2nd June.

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Second Year Talks competition winner

Second year Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) PhD student Alex Jantzen, member of the Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics group, fought off competition from his colleagues to win first place in the ORC’s annual competition, with his talk, ‘Detecting the Impossible - Particle Detection’

Runner up was Andrea Ravagli, member of the Novel Glass group.

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Congratulations to candidates and winners of the 2017 Annual WiSET Awards

These awards recognise the exceptional contributions of individuals across the university who have worked to raise the profile and participation of women in STEMM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

Photo: Angeles Camacho Rosales from the ORC with Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering

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Seeking world-class photonics researchers

Owing to substantial recent funding in the areas of hollow core optical fibres, we are seeking outstanding researchers to join our world-leading research centre to fill a number of posts.


Voice of the future

Dr Katrina Morgan pitches science questions to top politicians and policy makers in Parliament

Katrina, a research fellow in the ORC, was chosen to represent The Royal Society at this year's Voice of the Future at Portcullis House this week to question the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation on how the UK science policies will facilitate the growth and development of technological innovation through research institutes, spin-outs and smaller enterprises. ... more




Local students discover metamaterials and nanotechnology

Students from King Edward VI School saw how metamaterials unlock novel possibilities during a visit to the ORC which culminated in live nanofabrication of their school...

Better on-wafer testing promises to bring silicon photonics nearer to mass manufacturing

University of Southampton researchers present unique erasable grating technology at the SPIE Photonics West...

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