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Call for Proposals: Photonics Innovation Fund
Photonic Manufacturing, Metamaterials and Metadevices, Silicon Photonics

Deadline: 18 December 2017

The Future Photonics Hub together with the Physics & Technology of Metadevices & Metasystems Programme Grant and the Silicon Photonics for Future Systems Programme Grant each have available a ‘partnership fund’ of up to £350k* in total, to enable the inclusion of academic partners that bring additional value to these key EPSRC-funded projects.  We are inviting proposals from UK-based academic researchers for projects that contribute to the areas outlined below, grouped according to their funding.

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With the assistance of research funding for photonics technologies under the auspices of the Photonics for Future Systems programme and the Future Photonics Hub we are organising a meeting on Wednesday 11th October 2017 in Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK. The meeting focuses on recent developments and new opportunities for UK industry. Of importance to attendees at this event is the adoption of silicon photonics – how can academia assist industry to benefit from silicon photonics in new devices and systems?

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Professor Graham Reed, Deputy Director of the ORC and Professor of Silicon Photonics, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the latest tranche of elections to the Fellowship announced on 5th September 2017. The Royal Academy of Engineering is the national academy of engineering of the United Kingdom which uniquely brings together the country’s most eminent and distinguished engineers of all disciplines.

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The Silicon Photonics Group is entering into a ‘Prosperity Partnership’ with Rockley Photonics as part of a £4.8m scheme to advance silicon photonics technology. Over five years, the group will receive £2.7m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), working with Rockley Photonics – who will contribute a further £2m. The University will provide an additional £148,000. 

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Congratulations to Dr Milos Nedeljkovic who has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship. The scheme is extremely competitive and it aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Milos' 5-year fellowship will start in September 2017.

As part of the EPSRC-funded CORNERSTONE project, research institutions are invited to submit mask designs to the third CORNERSTONE Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) run.

This service is offered free of charge to UK institutions, but non-UK submissions are also welcomed for a small charge: please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing details.

The platform for this call is 500 nm Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) with two Si etch depths of 160 nm and 500 nm.

The deadline for mask submission is Friday 28 July 2017. For more information and full design rules, please refer to the following pdf document CORNERSTONE 3rd Call - Design Rules or visit our website, www.cornerstone.sotonfab.co.uk.

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As part of the EPSRC-funded CORNERSTONE project, research institutions are invited to submit mask designs (deadline Friday 30th June 2017) to the forthcoming Silicon Photonics Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) run. This service is offered free of charge to UK institutions, but non-UK submissions are also welcomed for a small charge: please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing details.

The platform for this call is 220 nm Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) with two Si etch depths of 70 nm and 220 nm. There is also the option of metal heaters. For more information and full design rules, please refer to the CORNERSTONE 2nd Call Design Rules document. For any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our two researchers have won second and third prize in this year’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Photography Competition.

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The third call for research proposals to be funded by the Silicon Photonics for Future Systems programme's Innovation Fund has been announced. The submission deadline is Thursday 22nd December 2016 (12pm GMT). The full text of the call can be found here and the associated terms & conditions here.

Researchers from the Southampton Silicon Photonics Group, University of Malaga, University of Paris Sud and National Reseach Council in Canada have recently published a paper on a library of mid-IR devices in suspended silicon. The novel idea involves only one dry etch step to create a subwavelength grating which serves two purposes: to act as a lateral cladding and to create holes for HF removal of the buried oxide cladding.

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Congratulations to Dr David Thomson who has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. The scheme is extremely competitive and it aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. David’s 5-year fellowship will start in October 2016.

Researchers from the University of Southampton (UK), and the Institut d'Optique in Bordeaux (France) have devised a new approach for controlling light in a silicon chip by bringing the concept of spatial light modulation to integrated optics. Read more (external link)...

Callum has won first prize for the Information Overload category in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC’s) UK ICT Pioneers competition. Fifteen finalists showcased their research to industry judges and sponsors of the competition at the prestigious event held in London in October 2015.

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On 17 July 2015, Dr Milos Nedeljkovic received a Dean’s Award for Scientific Publications , particularly for his contribution to the field of mid-IR group IV photonics. Congratulations Milos!

Researchers from the University of McMaster in Canada, and ORC in Southampton have demonstrated a fast mid-IR photodetector based on a waveguide integrated p-i-n monolithic silicone diode.

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Researchers from the University of Southampton have presented a device-level method for the characterisation of photonic chips based on a highly localised modulation in the device using pulsed laser excitation. Optical pumping perturbs the refractive index of silicon, providing a spatially and temporally localised modulation in the transmitted light, enabling time- and frequency-resolved imaging.

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The Royal Society, has awarded Professor Graham T. Reed a Wolfson Research Merit Award for his outstanding research work. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award recognises talented scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

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