To tackle COVID-19 the UK government is imposing restrictions on our daily activities for the foreseeable future. As individuals, and as a community, we have a shared responsibility to follow the latest public advice as strictly as possible to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
At a time of global crisis, the Airguide team is rising to the challenge. We are now working from home and our laboratories and clean room complex are closed.
It's not business as usual but our business does not stop.
"The social and commercial demand for high speed internet is being evidenced more sharply than ever by the COVID-19 epidemic, with so many of us currently forced to work remotely from our own homes.
I would like to thank our sponsors and staff for the tremendous support and agility they have demonstrated. Together we are in a position to continue our pioneering work that is very much directed at developing new optical fibre technologies, capable of supporting a higher-capacity, faster future internet.”
Professor David Richardson
Optical fibres lie at the heart of our increasingly technological society. For example, they support the internet and mobile communications that we all now take for granted, they save lives through medical diagnosis and interventions using fibre-optic endoscopes, and they enable the mass production of a huge array of commercial products through fibre laser based materials processing.
Within our Airguide Photonics research programme we aim to translate Hollow Core Fibre (HCF) technology from the research lab to a deployable fibre technology, unleashing innovative applications across a broad range of science and engineering fields.
The ORC has been pioneering the development of fibre optics and advancing communications technology for many years and has an impressive record of using research funding to collaborate with academic and industry partners. The AirGuide Photonics programme promises to push at the boundaries once more. We are confident that the research will uncover more discoveries and lead to world-leading innovations.