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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.


Our latest achievements

  • 9 November 2017

    UK and Spanish researchers have developed a...

    Researchers from the Silicon Photonics Group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, and from the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM) at the Universitat Politècnica de València, have developed the first photonic integrated chip that enables multiple functionalities by employing a single common architecture.

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  • 30 October 2017

    £350K available in Photonics Innovation Fund -...

    Call for Proposals: Photonics Innovation Fund - Photonic Manufacturing, Metamaterials and Metadevices, Silicon Photonics

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  • 30 October 2017

    Optoelectronics Research Centre academics...

    Amongst 101 new OSA members from around the world elected to the 2018 OSA Fellows Class by The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors, are Professor Periklis Petropoulos and Dr Radan Slavik, both from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in Southampton.

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  • 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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