Silicon Photonics Group

About Us

The Silicon Photonics Group was formed by Professor Graham T. Reed at the University of Surrey in 1989.

The group carried out the original work upon which the first company in silicon photonics was built, Bookham Technology (now Oclaro), founded by Reed’s PhD student, Dr Andrew Rickman OBE.

Over the last 27 years, the group has made a significant contribution in the field of silicon photonics and reported many world’s first results, most notably in waveguides, optical modulators and detectors, couplers, filters, multiplexers, and transceivers. Collaborations with a number of industrial and academic institutions have been established. From 2012, the group has been based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (www.orc.soton.ac.uk), University of Southampton (www.soton.ac.uk), UK. We have access to outstanding fabrication and characterisation facilities. We fabricate our photonic devices in the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre (www.southampton-nanofab.com), a state-of-the-art facility for microfabrication and high-spec nanofabrication, one of the premiere cleanrooms in Europe. We can characterise them in almost 100 laboratories available across the Zepler Institute (www.zeplerinstitute.ac.uk/about-us).

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