The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research based at the University of Southampton. We have a vibrant community of researchers, led by some of the leading figures in the field of photonics. We have contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet as well as many solutions in medicine, biosciences sensing, security and manufacturing.
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Significant advances in component technologies that will drive a step change in communications infrastructures were highlighted by researchers from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at a prestigious showcase event at The Royal Society in London.Read More
With around 200 publications per year, 25 Invited or Plenary talks, and a spectacular history of innovation, we are highly successful. Academic success is, however, only part of the story. Our mission is to make a positive difference to the world around us, continuing the quest for lateral, non-linear ideas.
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