Taking photonics to Westminster
In July, representatives of the Future Photonics Hub, along with 24 other separate organisations, visited Westminster with the aim of improving government engagement with photonics.
The Hub comes together to celebrate its successes
Researchers from the Hub – and those connected with it – met in Oxfordshire in June for the Future Photonics Hub’s Technical AGM. This internal event brought together the two Hub institutes – the Universities of Southampton and Sheffield – for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Engaging Refugees in Photonics Public Engagement
Southampton City Council asked the University to provide half-termly educational activities for Afghan refugees who had newly arrived in the country.
Shaping the future of photonics at the Hub Industry Day
The Future Photonics Hub’s first Industry Day since the pandemic was a resounding success with nearly 150 delegates coming together to discover and influence the future of the photonics innovation landscape.
Unlocking new data on ocean greenhouse gas emissions
Researchers at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) are developing a new generation of smart, low-cost optical sensors capable of detecting greenhouse gases and pollutants in our oceans. The technology is set to revolutionise ocean monitoring techniques and will enable scientists to answer urgent questions about global warming processes for the first time.
Facilitating dialogue: the UK photonics innovation chain
Leaders from industry and academia came together to discuss current photonics issues at Photonex and Vacuum Technologies, SPIE’s annual exhibition and events programme which took place in Glasgow on 29–30 September 2021. The Hub supported two panel discussions, inviting key members of the UK’s innovation ecosystem and industry representatives to tackle the question: The UK Photonics Innovation Chain: What Can We Do Better?
Championing photonics and its role in reaching net zero
With a degree in laser physics and optoelectronics and a 20-year career as a physics teacher, it’s no surprise that Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, has a special interest in photonics. A champion for the photonics sector in Westminster, she established the All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Photonics and Quantum and is keen to see the realisation of the huge environmental and economic potential of optical technologies.
Nanofabrication of Silicon Photonics: Electronics of the 21st century
Nanofabrication, is fabrication on a nanoscale, making very small photonics devices which are light, consume less power and are faster than conventional electronic devices. We fabricate silicon photonics chips with tiny wave guides that have a cross-section a thousand times less than that of a human hair.
The Future Photonics Hub – Redefining what’s possible
The function of the Hub is to use the incredible facilities and expertise in Southampton and Sheffield to de-risk ideas and show how new technologies can be made reproducibly, reliably and cheaply.
Integrated Photonics: Creating new materials, one atom at a time
You’ll find photonics in your phone, your TV and even in the cameras that recorded this film. Integrated photonics is the idea of taking optical devices like lasers, LEDs or solar cells and intimately integrating them with electronics to create more complex devices.
How laser technology can help decarbonise manufacturing
Fibre lasers are having a profound impact on manufacturing. The Future Photonics Hub is developing innovative technologies that will be used in the digital manufacturing era. The unique properties of these novel lasers are resulting in a 30% increase in speed, using half the power.
Bringing quantum research into manufacturing of the future
Professor Jon Heffernan is the Deputy Director of the Future Photonics Hub and leads the National Epitaxy Facility, based at the University of Sheffield, which is pioneering the development and commercialisation of world leading quantum science and technology based on semiconductor quantum dots.
Rebuilding the UK telecommunications industry
Professor David Richardson has been at the forefront of photonics research for the past 30 years. He has led various large collaborative optical communications research programmes in the UK and abroad...
Investing in the next generation of photonics leaders
As an Early Career Researcher, Dr Natalie Wheeler knows the challenges she and her peers face when trying to “cross the barrier” from postdoc to research group leader.
A roadmap to meet the demand for silicon photonics fabrication in the UK
Callum Littlejohns is the coordinator of the CORNERSTONE programme, a silicon photonics rapid prototyping fabrication service based at the University of Southampton.
Advancing infrastructure and boosting productivity using fibre vibration monitoring and detection
In 2010, Dr Ali Masoudi embarked on his PhD at the University of Southampton and devised a distributed acoustic sensor (DAS), which can measure vibration in real-time along a fibre optic cable.
Dame Frances Saunders appointed as Chair of the Future Photonics Hub Advisory Board
Dame Frances Saunders has been appointed the Chair of the Future Photonics Hub Advisory Board.
Our £1 million Photonics Innovation Fund is enabling us to build a national network of academic partners, equipped to respond to emerging industrial challenges.
UK National Security and Investment Bill: What it means to UK photonics
On 11th November, the UK Government published its long-awaited National Security and Investment Bill setting out the Government’s proposals. We want to...
Showcasing leading photonics research on the national stage
Academics from The Future Photonics Hub showcased their leading research in photonics manufacturing at a recent premier UK photonics exhibition – SPIE Photonex...
The role of photonics in tackling future public health and economic challenges
Professor Sir David Payne, Principal Investigator of The Future Photonics Hub and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), shares his thoughts...
Photonics research – operating in a ‘new normal’
In just a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world, affecting day-to-day life and disrupting economies around the globe. What impact...
A leading voice for the photonics industry
With COVID-19 impacting all sectors of the economy, which will in turn influence future government policy and spending decisions, a strong voice...
Future-proofing the internet through fibre optic innovation
The COVID-19 crisis has seen people all over the world rapidly moving their work and social lives online; we have never relied...
Inspiring the next generation of photonics researchers and engineers
The Future Photonics Hub is inspiring the next generation of photonics researchers and engineers through a range of outreach activities, with the aim of...
Southampton spin-out celebrates 20 years of innovation
One of the world’s leading fibre laser designers and manufacturers – Southampton spin-out company SPI Lasers – is celebrating 20 years of innovation. Founded in 2000...
Championing the positive impact of a more diverse workforce
Dr Kirsty Annand is the driving force behind Opening Up Photonics, an initiative that is helping the photonics industry attract a more...
We’re delighted to be a core partner in the Dstl SERAPIS framework
The Future Photonics Hub, representing the University of Southampton is delighted to be included as one of the core framework partners in...
Future scientists explore light technologies in Phablabs photonics workshops
Photonics students and researchers from the University of Southampton ran Phablabs photonics workshops that helped young people build smart lamps, indoor greenhouses...
Photonics worth £13.5 billion to UK economy
The Photonics Leadership Group 2019 update shows the increasing value of light-based technology to the UK economy. The Future Photonics Hub, based...
Photon Shop shines a light on Southampton research activities at Poole art festival
Researchers from the University of Southampton demonstrated the science of light through a pop-up ‘Photon Shop’ at the Light Up Poole! Art Festival...
At the Future Photonics Hub we are maximising the impact of Government investment and continue to make great strides in uniting the UK photonics community.
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