The University of Southampton

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

COVID-19 Statement

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.

Professor Tom Rodden - Deputy Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • 26 March 2020

    Triple recognition for Southampton's next...

    Ground-breaking research into hollow-core fibres and optical amplifiers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has been highlighted in three postdeadline papers at the world's leading conference for optical communications.

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  • 6 March 2020

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy stored on...

    Researchers from the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics have preserved a copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on a '5D Memory Crystal' to mark 42 years of the iconic novel.

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  • 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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