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Novel Bragg grating technologies for clean energy and biosecurity

Ultra-precise Bragg grating writing-technology invented at Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is having an important impact on a wide range of areas from security and safety, to the detection of biohazards and high power laser use in clean energy generation.

With global energy demands rising, the quest is on to pioneer a way of producing enough clean, renewable energy to meet the world’s future needs. While elsewhere there is a growing requirement to develop ways of using optical fibre sensors in in-situ applications and hostile environments.

There are two key areas of research at the ORC that are contributing to the significant advances in biosecurity, management of environmental hazards and clean energy research; planar-based and fibre-based Bragg grating technologies. The planar-based technology is being developed for optical microchip sensors in areas such as the portable detection of biohazards and has resulted in the creation of spin-out company Stratophase. While the fibre-based technology has been directed at a wide range of areas including the quest for clean energy production.

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