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16 July 2020
Silicon photonics is revolutionising the Datacom industry, compelling educators to modernise the way this technology is taught to the next generation of engineers.Photonics, known to many as 'the electronics of the 21st century', has become a ubiquitous technology in modern society, impacting many fields and addressing several grand challenges.Silicon photonics, in particular, is an important field since it leverages Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor(CMOS) technology and is being increasingly implemented in data centres,...
10 July 2020
A picture of Dr Massimiliano Guasoni - ORC
Researchers at the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics are investigating the self-patterning of light in multicore optical fibres as a route to scalable high-power lasers and all-optical signal processing.An international collaboration led by Dr Massimiliano Guasoni is studying how beams in opposing directions arrange themselves into well-defined patterns, ideally suited for producing a high brightness single beam.The research builds upon...
10 July 2020
Researchers from the University of Southampton have demonstrated a new patterning technology that can create high-quality nanostructured surfaces for infrared thermal control coatings and nonlinear optics.The research was carried out through a close collaboration between physicists and Sustainable Electronic Technologies experts in Electronics and Computer Science (ECS).Metasurfaces are man-made structures designed to control light and other forms of radiation using very small elements, typically with sub-micrometer dimensions....
07 July 2020
CORNERSTONE silicon chip sheet
A rapid prototyping foundry for silicon photonics based in the University of Southampton cleanroom complex has joined forces with a major European research consortium to help accelerate the next generation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technologies.The CORNERSTONE service is now available to EUROPRACTICE customers through the Tyndall National Institute across three different SOI platforms.The open source Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) foundry, based in the Zepler...
30 June 2020
Dr Corin Gawith
Covesion Ltd has announced two major research projects for quantum technologies that will unlock the potential of Periodically Poled Lithium Niobate (PPLN) crystals.The crystal manufacturer, which was established from Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in 2009, has secured funding from Innovate UK for twin 18-month programmes that will prepare Coversion's products for new applications in quantum technologies.Dr Corin Gawith, ORC Principal Research Fellow and Chief...
12 June 2020
The Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics is home to the £120m cleanrooms complex that houses the most advanced set of fabrication capabilities in the UK.Over 350 researchers work in over 100 laboratories, offering a unique mix of expertise in established and cutting-edge technologies, combined with a wide range of equipment for micro and nanofabrication and electronic and optical characterisation across a range of facilities.John Ure, Manager of the cleanrooms talks to us about the important work he and his team are...