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16 February 2021
Dr Jacob Mackenzie
Dr Jacob Mackenzie from the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the highly respected Applied Physics B journal.Jacob is an Associate Professor in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, where he leads the Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers (PWSL) research group working on novel laser gain-materials and architectures.Applied Physics B is one of the leading international, peer-reviewed journals in the area of experimental and theoretical investigations of lasers and optics.Jacob says: "... Read more
16 February 2021
An exercise ball and screen at 40m taken using a 32x16 pixel sensor
Scientists at the Optoelectronics Research Centre and Pointcloud Inc in San Francisco have developed a compact LiDAR system for machines to accurately see a three-dimensional world in motion.The low-cost solution could pave the way for large volume production of low-cost, compact and high-performance 3D imaging cameras for use in robotics, autonomous navigation systems, the mapping of building sites and healthcare.The latest tests of the prototype, published in the journal Nature, show that it has an accuracy of 3.1 millimetres at... Read more
10 February 2021
Southampton ORC alumnus Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi
Optoelectronics Research Centre alumnus Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi says he hopes that the historic achievements of the Emirates Mars Mission can inspire more positive change in the region.The Director General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency, who completed an MSc and PhD in Southampton, has spoken after the 'Hope Probe' reached the planet's orbit to capture a first complete picture of the Martian atmosphere.The fully autonomous spacecraft was launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan, in July 2020 and will now spend a Martian... Read more
09 February 2021
'STEM at Home' series showing how to build a battery from materials at home
Researchers from the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics have created a week-long programme of online science and engineering activities to inspire young people during the pandemic.The STEM at Home series, developed by the University of Southampton's Centre for Electronics Frontiers (CEF), has been shared with over 2,000 schools across the UK with support from the Royal Academy for Engineering.The interactive learning activities are targeted at young learners between the ages of eight and 11. They include... Read more