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EPSRC Reference: EP/J008052/1
Title: Integrated Photonic Materials and Devices
Principal Investigator: Eason, Professor RW
Other Investigators:
Shepherd, Professor DP Mackenzie, Dr JI Wilkinson, Professor J
Smith, Professor PGR
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Covesion Ltd DSTL Porton Down Element Six
Gooch & Housego Ocean Optics Stratophase Ltd
United States Airforce
Department: Optoelectronics Research Ctr (closed)
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Platform Grants
Starts: 01 March 2012 Ends: 29 February 2016 Value (£): 1,135,914
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Devices & Subsystems Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
12 Sep 2011 Platform Grants Full Proposals 12 Sept 2011 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This platform grant will underpin integrated photonics research in advanced laser sources, photonic circuits, and sensors, at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, leveraging the recent investment of >£100M in the new Mountbatten Fabrication Complex. Photonic materials and device research has been the key driver of many disruptive advances in telecommunications, healthcare, data storage, display and manufacturing, and this platform grant will provide the group with the horizon and stability to build upon its international standing to explore new high-risk, high-reward research avenues.

Integrated photonic materials and devices of the future will play a huge role in the next generation of cheaper, faster, greener, disposable, miniaturised and more versatile systems based on silica and silicon, glasses, crystal and polymer hosts, in both channel and planar geometries. The broad range of expertise within our group and our access to the unequalled brand-new planar fabrication facilities will allow us to fully explore this diverse research area. Impact will be realised through applications in compact kW-class waveguide lasers (new manufacturing techniques), pollution sensors (monitoring climate change), optical amplifiers and switches (high-speed data control), early threat detection devices (homeland security), and fast universally accessible disease screening (point-of-care medical diagnostics).

Applications for the photonic materials, processes and devices developed during this platform grant will play a key role in fields of interest to society, Industry as well as university-based research and development, and will be pursued in collaboration with both existing and newly-identified partners during the programme.
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