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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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Nathan Soper won a runner up prize for his flash talk on passive alignment technique at the second Zepler Institute Photonics Day, that took place on 8 September 2015. Congratulations Nathan!

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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Congratulations to Callum Littlejohns who got a runner up prize for his poster presentation at the first Zepler Institute Photonics Day, that took place on 19 September 2014.

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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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