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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.

Call for proposals: Airguide Photonics collaboration fund

Deadline for submission 12pm on Friday 31st January 2020. Find out more

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)
  • 5 December 2019

    Call for proposals: Airguide Photonics...

    The EPSRC-funded Programme Grant "Airguide Photonics" includes a "Collaboration Fund" to enable the inclusion of new partners to bring additional value to the programme.

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  • 26 September 2019

    The future looks bright for hollow-core fibre...

    The University of Southampton's world-leading Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC), based in the Zepler Institute of Photonics and Nanoelectronics, has announced significant breakthroughs in hollow-core fibre (HCF) technology at ECOC2019 in Dublin this week.

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  • 22 August 2019

    Southampton's finest invention and its pioneer...

    The University of Southampton played host to a team from The Daily Telegraph on Friday 9th August. They were keen on exploring the Southampton Tech Scene and wanted to find out more about the ORC and Future Worlds, our start-up incubator on campus.

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