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EPSRC Reference: EP/C010566/1
Title: Microstructured optical fibre metadevices
Principal Investigator: Sazio, Dr P
Other Investigators:
Smith, Professor DC Richardson, Professor DJ Baumberg, Professor JJ
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Department: Optoelectronics Research Ctr (closed)
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 August 2005 Ends: 31 March 2009 Value (£): 398,452
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Synthesis & Growth Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Electronics
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The age of optical communications has been enabled by two key materials and technology breakthroughs: low loss silica optical fibre waveguides and semiconductor based optoelectronics ranging from solid state lasers to modulators and detectors on planar chips. These two technologies, one fibre based and one planar chip based have to be interfaced via intermediate optics. However, imagine now if we could combine the flexible light guiding ability of fibres with the rich optoelectronic functionality of semiconductors in an integrated fibre geometry. What if we could even flow biological analytes though microstructured holes that run through the length of the entire optical fibre? We could then build lasers, modulators, guides, detectors, and even electronic circuits and biosensors, all inside a compact fibre geometry. Here we present an exciting recent materials breakthrough that brings this vision much closer to reality.
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