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Airguide Photonics, hosted at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), is a £6m EPSRC-funded research programme aiming to revolutionise fibre optics.

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.

Professor Tom Rodden - Deputy Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • 19 March 2019

    Southampton scientists and engineers present...

    Zepler Institute researchers presented advances in engineering and physical sciences in the STEM for Britain showcase at the House of Commons.

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  • 4 March 2019

    Airguide Photonics at The Optical Networking...

    Airguide researchers will be showcasing a variety of papers and posters at OFC 2019.

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  • 28 January 2019

    Nobel Laureates warn that photonics could be...

    Three of the world's most eminent scientists have warned that photonics could be seriously compromised if it is not included in the Horizon Europe draft funding priority list.

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