Nano- and Micro-scale Integration of Glass-on-Semiconductor for Photonic Components Engineering

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science


The proposed Basic Technology project aims to achieve a quantum leap in integration techniques for photonic devices by developing and using a range of micro- and nano-scale engineering tools for chemically dissimilar photonic materials; e.g. the glass-based materials with inorganic semiconductors. We anticipate that new tools will have a major impact on existing and emerging photonic components space used from ultra-violet to mid-IR. Potential applications, which we aim to demonstrate, are in signal processing for telecommunications, mid-IR sources and chemical and biological sensor technology, bio-photonics and imaging, space exploration and environment monitoring, data storage, security and military. The Basic Technology consortium comprises of 4 thematic areas / Materials Engineering and passive waveguide devices, Optoelectronic pump sources, Active Devices, and Applications. Complementary research for these 4 areas brings together a multi-disciplinary team encompassing Materials, Optics and Laser Physics, Optoelectronic and Photonic Devices, and the Medical Science and Chemicals Technology. Internationally well-known academic expertise from Leeds (IMR, IMP), Sheffield (EE), Cambridge (Photonic Systems), Heriot-Watt (Nonlinear Optics) and St.Andrews (Physics and Bute Medical School) Universities will demonstrate the key objectives, derived from the photonic integration of glass and inorganic semiconductor materials. The Basic Technology Programme is led by the University of Leeds and is supported by partners from industry, namely BP Chemicals, Renishaw,Intense, GlaxoSmithKline, QinetiQ, and NASA Langley (VA, USA).


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Description It was a collaborative project. We have developed new light based techniques to develop compact photonics devices. In this case we used light to fabricate light devices.
Exploitation Route It has a huge commercial impact. The technology is being commercialised by a spinout company Optoscribe
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

Description The research findings have been utilised to develop commercial compact photonic devices for allocations in communications, lasers and biophotonic devices. This is being commercialised by a spinout company Optoscribe
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Description FS inscribed waveguide laser in the near infrared using Bi doped Glass 
Organisation Osaka University
Department Department of Physics
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have developed infra red lasers with femtosecond (FS) laser inscription
Collaborator Contribution They have provided us with novel laser maerials.
Impact We had much better understating of the Bi doped glass for future development of the laser based on these materials.
Start Year 2007