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EPSRC Reference: EP/T019697/1
Title: CORNERSTONE 2
Principal Investigator: Reed, Professor GT
Other Investigators:
Chong, Professor HMH Gardes, Dr F Mashanovich, Professor G
Sorel, Professor M Thomson, Dr D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Bangor University Bay Photonics Ltd Bright Photonics BV
Camgraphic Ltd Cardiff University Chongqing United MicroElectronics Centre
CNIT Compound Semiconductor App. Catapult CompoundTek Pte Ltd
Compugraphics International Ltd EPSRC NationalEpitaxyFacility Ericsson
Imperial College London IQE (Europe) Ltd Lancaster University
Loughborough University Luceda Photonics McMaster University
Nanyang Technological University Newcastle University Optic2Connect Pte Ltd
Optocap Ltd Oxford Instruments Ltd Photon Design Ltd
Photonics Leadership Group Polytechnic University of Bari Resolute Photonics (UK) Ltd
Rockley Photonics Limited (UK) Royal Holloway, Univ of London Swansea University
The University of Hong Kong Tyndall National Institute UCL
UiT Arctic University of Norway (Tromso) University College Cork University of Bath
University of Bristol University of Cambridge University of Exeter
University of Malaga University of Manchester, The University of Nottingham
University of Oxford University of Sheffield University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde University of Sussex University of Sydney
Xmark Media
Department: Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 January 2020 Ends: 31 December 2021 Value (£): 1,494,157
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Communications Optical Devices & Subsystems
Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Electronics
Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
19 Nov 2019 EPSRC Strategic Equipment Interview Panel November 2019 - Panel 1 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Southampton and Glasgow Universities currently contribute to a project entitled CORNERSTONE which has established a new Silicon Photonics fabrication capability, based on the Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) platform, for academic researchers in the UK. The project is due to end in December 2019, after which time the CORNERSTONE fabrication capability will be self-sustaining, with users paying for the service. Based upon demand from the UK's premier photonics researchers, this proposal seeks funding to extend the capability that is offered to UK researchers beyond the current SOI platforms, to include emerging Silicon Photonics platforms, together with capabilities facilitating integration of photonic circuits with electronics, lasers and detectors. These emerging platforms enable a multitude of new applications that have emerged over the past several years, some of which are not suitable for the SOI platform, and some of which complement the SOI platform by serving applications at other wavelengths. Southampton, and Glasgow universities will work together to bring the new platforms to a state of readiness to deliver the new functionality via a multi-project-wafer (MPW) mechanism to satisfy significantly increasing demand, and deliver them to UK academic users free of charge (to the user) for the final six months of the project, in order to establish credibility. This will encourage wider usage of world class equipment within the UK, in line with EPSRC policy. We seek funding for 3 PDRAs and 2 technicians across the 2 institutions, over a 2 year period, to facilitate access to a very significant inventory of equipment at these 2 universities, including access to UK's only deep-UV projection lithography capability. During this 2 year period, we will canvas UK demand for the capability to continue to operate as an EPSRC National Research Facility, and if so, to establish a statement of need. We currently have 50 partners/users providing in-kind support to a value of to £1705,000 and cash to the value of £173,450.

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