The Future Photonics Hub is a partnership between two leading UK research institutes, the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton and the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility at the University of Sheffield.
We work with a network of over 40 companies, representing strategic UK sectors including telecommunications, healthcare, defence and aerospace, to support the rapid commercialisation of innovative photonics manufacturing technologies.
Together, we are combining our expertise and state-of-the art experimental facilities to:
Lead research in core photonics platform technologies: silica optical fibres, III-V semiconductors, silicon photonics, 2D materials and metamaterials.
Develop integrated manufacturing processes, making it simple and efficient to incorporate photonics into high-value systems.
Fund the future
Fund early stage research into cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.
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Outreach and public engagement brings photonics research to diverse audiences outside academia, from pupils and teachers, to community groups and the general public.
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