EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Optoelectronics Research Centre

Abstract

Currently, special fibres are a crucial enabling technology that communicates worldwide, navigates airliners, monitors oil wells, cuts steel, and shoots down missiles (and even mosquitoes!). New classes of special optical fibres have demonstrated the potential to extend the impact of optical fibres well beyond the telecommunications arena, in areas as diverse as defence, industrial processing, marine engineering, biomedicine, DNA processing and astronomy. They are making an impact and commercial inroads in fields such as industrial sensing, bio-medical laser delivery systems, military gyro sensors, as well as automotive lighting and control - to name just a few - and span applications as diverse as oil well downhole pressure sensors to intra-aortic catheters, to high power lasers that can cut and weld steel. Optical fibres and fibre-related products not only penetrate existing markets but also, more significantly, they expand the application space into areas that are impossible by conventional technologies. To fulfil this potential and further revolutionise manufacturing, there is a strong need to continue innovating and manufacturing market-worthy fibres, in order to sustain the growth in the fast expanding fibre-based manufacturing sectors.From its inception in the 1960s, the UK has played a major role in shaping the optical fibre industry, and the highly regarded Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton is at the forefront. Our vision is to build upon the rich expertise and extensive facilities that are already in place to create a world-class, industry-led Centre for advanced manufacturing processes for new photonic components and materials that will fuel the growth of UK companies, enabling them to expand their product portfolio, enhance competitiveness and increase their market penetration and overall share. We will liaise closely with UK and other European Research Centres to advance further the fibre and related material technology, as well as increase the application space. The Centre is expected to play a key role in job and wealth creation in the expanding and highly competitive advanced technology and manufacturing sector. The UK industrial sector accounts for a production volume in photonics of EUR 5.2 billion, which corresponds to 12% of the European volume, and 2.3% of the world market. Particularly notable about the photonics industrial sector is that it comprises a majority of SMEs, who typically do not have the economies of scale nor the financial resources to invest heavily in infrastructure on their own. Use of the Innovative Manufacturing funding mechanism, complemented by industrial user-provided direct and in-kind contributions of ~4M (similar in amount to that sought from EPSRC for the establishment of this IMRC) , will supply the seed funding and focus needed to research and develop the next generation fibre material and technology platforms, which in turn will fuel the growth in photonics related manufacturing. The establishment of such a manufacturing research centre, working closely with existing key high-tech photonic UK companies as well as emerging companies and new start-ups, will make a substantive difference to their ability to develop and gain larger penetration in their respective markets. The IMRC strategy will follow multiple strands taking a number of initiatives to continuously expand and strengthen the initial research portfolio by moving it further up in the innovation and value-added spectrum. During its lifetime, the IMRC will make concerted efforts to further increase the user number and level of engagement.

Planned Impact

The major impact targeted by this photonics manufacturing research program is the UK manufacturing sector, and through it the UK economy. Although photonics is often overlooked as a major economic force (compared to, say, the microelectronics industry), the numbers today attest to quite a different reality. The world market for photonics (production) is EUR 228Bn, and Europe's share is EUR 43.5Bn (19%) . Revenue growth is 12% (to EUR 49Bn in 2006). The sector employs 246,000 workers in Europe (not including subcontractors) in over 5,000 companies. Most of these are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In areas such as production technology and optical components and systems, Europe has a 40% share of the world market. European photonics production is now equivalent to that of microelectronics in Europe, but with a higher growth rate (worldwide microelectronics production was EUR 200Bn in 2006, with 5.4% growth). Of this, the UK accounts for a production volume in photonics of EUR 5.2 billion, which corresponds to 12% of the European volume, and 2.3% of the world market . The upside for the UK is considerable in economic terms if we were able to capture a larger share of this manufacturing sector in Europe and worldwide. Particularly notable about the photonics industrial sector is that it comprises a majority of SMEs, who typically do not have the economies of scale nor the financial resources to invest heavily in infrastructure on their own. The presence of an Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in this sector, correctly positioned, will benefit them considerably. Such an IMRC will enable the SMEs to design, develop and test novel manufacturing processes by leveraging upon the capital equipment and technical expertise established at the Centre. The scientific and technical advancements generated by this work will cover a continuum of areas, from fundamental knowledge and understanding of materials through to advances in applied technologies; hence the overall impact of this program will be widespread. Beneficiaries include those working to develop a fundamental understanding of the physical properties of photonic materials, through to engineers looking to develop next-generation device fabrication techniques, all of which will ultimately feed through and support industry. The research results from this program are expected to result in considerable interest on a national and international scale. Throughout the course of this program, we will undertake the training and development of the next generation of scientists and engineers to expand the knowledge and skills-base, and through it the competitiveness of the UK economy. This will be carried out through the institution's graduate training programme and staff development schemes, supported by professional bodies such as the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. A number of joint projects have already been identified with commercial partners, and it has been arranged for technical staff from companies to be seconded to the IMRC for significant periods, which will help foster a better understanding between the companies' manufacturing needs and the IMRC's technical capabilities. The close interaction with industry under the proposed IMRC structure will also give our PhD students clear career role models. In the area of exploitation, the ORC has significant experience in exploiting IP both in terms of licensing to users and in the formation of spin-off ventures. In the Southampton area alone, there is a cluster of high tech, high value-added companies engaging in photonics that currently employ about 600 people and play a major role in the regional and national economy. Exploitation will be through the form of intellectual property generated or knowledge transfer, from either the platform research or the user-led projects. Where applicable, we will also seek to exploit our results through new start-up companies or joint ventures.

Organisations

 
Description The Centre supported three main platform projects and 27 projects sponsored by the industry, which provided a total cash contribution of 3.78 million pounds.
Industrial partners included, amongst others, Fianium, Fiberlogix, EDF Energy, Trumpf, SPI lasers, AWE, Qioptiq, Selex Galileo, Overview Ltd.


The platform projects, (in association with other UK and EU projects) were very successful and generated a number of record breaking results and created substantial impact in terms of presentation at leading international conferences, highlight on professional publications and magazines, publications in high impact factor journals, follow-on funding from industrial partners. Results include:
1. Demonstration of improved HC-PBGFs with low transmission loss over a very wide bandwidth (x10 improvement over SOTA)
2. manufacture of 2 D materials (like graphene, MoS2) from vapour phase on large substrates, with area as large as a 4" waver.
3. Demonstration of improved HC-PBGFs with lowest loss in the 2.0um and 1.0um wavebands.
4. Demonstration of large core HC-PBGFs based on a 37 cell core geometry.
5. Fabrication of very long lengths of HC-PBGF - tenfold improvement of the SOTA, pushing beyond the 10km mark.
6. Demonstration of low loss, low bending loss HC-PBGFs operating at mid infrared wavelengths.
7. Demonstration of a variety of accurate modelling tools in aid of fabrication, including modelling of the fibre drawing procedure as well as the optical properties of bandgap fibres and other microstructured fibres.
8. Demonstration of novel antiresonant guiding hollow core fibres with a simplified structure.
Exploitation Route research, collaboration with other institutions for integration in components, industrial collaborations for exploitation.

A new company has been set-up to commercialise results achieved in the fabrication of hollow core fibres.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy,Other

 
Description The EPSRC centre for innovative manufacturing in Photonics (CIMP) supported 28 industrial projects, funded by the industry with £3.78M, that resulted in the development of novel manufacturing technologies. These were exploited by the industrial partners for the improvement of commercial products already available or the development of novel products/technologies. A new company has been set-up to commercialise the results obtained on the manufacture of hollow core optical fibres.
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy,Transport,Other
Impact Types Economic

 
Description AWE-CO2 gas cells
Amount £37,473 (GBP)
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 09/2015
 
Description AWE-Mid IR fibres
Amount £42,246 (GBP)
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 09/2015
 
Description AWE-modal interference suppression
Amount £34,923 (GBP)
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2011 
End 06/2011
 
Description Centre for Defense Enterprise
Amount £28,187 (GBP)
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description Centre for Defense Enterprise
Amount £69,788 (GBP)
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2013 
End 05/2014
 
Description Centre for defence enterprise
Amount £69,778 (GBP)
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 03/2014
 
Description Consolidator Grant (Poletti)
Amount € 2,750,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2016 
End 06/2021
 
Description EDF Energy internal funding
Amount £174,000 (GBP)
Organisation EDF Energy 
Department EDF Energy Nuclear Generation
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 10/2016
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £486,940 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N013883/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 01/2018
 
Description FORTH
Amount € 3,300 (EUR)
Organisation Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) 
Sector Public
Country Greece
Start 09/2015 
End 09/2015
 
Description Fianium
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation Fianium Ltd, UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 12/2012
 
Description Fianium - CASE
Amount £22,000 (GBP)
Organisation Fianium Ltd, UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 03/2017
 
Description Fibercore
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Fibercore 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2011 
End 03/2014
 
Description Fiberlogix
Amount £23,000 (GBP)
Organisation FiberLogix 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2011
 
Description Fibre Drawing - Manufacturing
Amount £134,851 (GBP)
Organisation Nanyang Technological University 
Sector Academic/University
Country Singapore
Start 04/2013 
End 07/2014
 
Description Fibrecore fibres for distributed sensing
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Fibercore 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2011 
End 06/2011
 
Description Ilika
Amount £26,494 (GBP)
Organisation Ilika 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description Industrial
Amount £8,100 (GBP)
Organisation Fibercore 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 02/2015
 
Description Industrial (Korea)
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation Licomm 
Sector Private
Country Korea, Republic of
Start 10/2015 
End 10/2018
 
Description Industrial (TIAX)
Amount £5,343 (GBP)
Organisation TIAX LLC 
Sector Private
Country Unknown
Start 07/2015 
End 07/2015
 
Description Innovate UK
Amount £111,674 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description Innovation fund
Amount £15,060 (GBP)
Organisation Zepler Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2015 
End 07/2016
 
Description Innovation fund - Hollow core plastic optical fibres
Amount £15,090 (GBP)
Organisation Zepler Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2015 
End 09/2016
 
Description Laser Quantum
Amount £22,000 (GBP)
Organisation Laser Quantum 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2011 
 
Description Manufacturing Advanced Functional Materials
Amount £3,125,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M015130/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 01/2020
 
Description Manufacturing the Future
Amount £2,476,881 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M015173/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 04/2020
 
Description Material Processing
Amount £2,508,176 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M015130/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 01/2020
 
Description NPL
Amount £100,939 (GBP)
Organisation National Physical Laboratory 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description NPL
Amount £106,586 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 09/2018
 
Description NPL-CDE fibre clocks
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Physical Laboratory 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2014
 
Description NPL-DSTL studentship
Amount £106,500 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 06/2018
 
Description NPL-ESA Gas Sensing
Amount € 99,997 (EUR)
Organisation National Physical Laboratory 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2013 
End 09/2014
 
Description NTU
Amount £12,500 (GBP)
Organisation Nanyang Technological University 
Sector Academic/University
Country Singapore
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2014
 
Description NTU (singapore)
Amount £175,222 (GBP)
Funding ID Nanostructured Fibre and Mid-IR Fibre 
Organisation Nanyang Technological University 
Sector Academic/University
Country Singapore
Start 04/2013 
End 07/2014
 
Description National Hub in High Value Photonic Manufacturing
Amount £10,220,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N00762X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2022
 
Description Onera
Amount € 96,000 (EUR)
Organisation National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2013
 
Description Oxford Electronics
Amount £23,000 (GBP)
Organisation Oxford Electronics Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2011 
End 09/2012
 
Description QLink Technologies
Amount £19,000 (GBP)
Organisation QLink Technologies 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 06/2013 
End 09/2014
 
Description Schlumberger
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation Schlumberger Limited 
Department Schlumberger Cambridge Research
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 05/2014
 
Description Selex
Amount £21,000 (GBP)
Organisation Selex ES 
Sector Private
Country Italy
Start 10/2013 
End 03/2016
 
Description Standard Research
Amount £559,500 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M009033/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 04/2018
 
Description Standard Research
Amount £381,101 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N020057/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description TSB laser based manufacturing
Amount £32,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 10/2012
 
Description Trumpf SPI
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation Trumpf 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 10/2011 
End 09/2012
 
Description University Research Fellowship
Amount £467,623 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 10/2020
 
Description Zepler Fund
Amount £13,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Southampton 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 11/2015
 
Description communications
Amount £211,227 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N510063/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description eu framework 7
Amount € 5,700,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 314410 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2012 
End 08/2015
 
Description industrial
Amount £33,000 (GBP)
Organisation IS Instruments 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description industrial (Ilika)
Amount £5,167 (GBP)
Organisation Ilika 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description industrial (Ilika)
Amount £936 (GBP)
Organisation Ilika 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description trumpf
Amount € 62,709 (EUR)
Organisation Trumpf 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 10/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Title UKPhotonics.org 
Description dynamic database collecting photonic activity in the UK. it scrapes national websites to update itself overnight. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact increased interest in the EPSRC centre for innovative manufacturing in photonics. 
URL http://www.ukphotonics.org/
 
Description AU - waveguides 
Organisation Aston University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of bulk glass samples for laser written waveguides
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact Sample exchange, joint proposal planned
Start Year 2011
 
Description Application of HC-PBGFs for high capacity, low latency transmission 
Organisation Coriant
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of state of the art hollow core fibres for data transmission
Collaborator Contribution Provided access to commercial grade state of the art data transmission testbeds worth several £100k for carrying out trials of realistic scale.
Impact Assessment of hollow core PBGFs for data transmission. First demonstration of DWDM high capacity transmission in HC-PBGFs; record transmission capacity and distance over this type of fibres
Start Year 2012
 
Description BAE system 
Organisation BAE Systems
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact confidential
Start Year 2013
 
Description BU - Microsphere Fabrication 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Fabrication of microspheres by acoustic levitation
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact joint publications
Start Year 2012
 
Description BU - Photonic devices 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Fabrication of planar chalcogenide devices
Collaborator Contribution characterization and integration in experiemental setup
Impact joint EPSRC project
Start Year 2012
 
Description CERN radiation hard fibres 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN - Other
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our centre has developed novel Hollow Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres for short and medium range data transmission links, which guide light in an air core and thus are thus expected to have significantly higher radiation hardness as compared to standard all solid fibres.
Collaborator Contribution The group at CERN has carried out experiments and demonstrated a 100x reduction of radiation induced loss in pilot trials even under very high dose gamma irradiation.
Impact Participation to specialist conference (TWEPP 2013) and publication on high impact journal: L Olanterä et al 2013 JINST 8 C12010 doi:10.1088/1748-0221/8/12/C12010
Start Year 2012
 
Description Coriant High data rate HC-PBGF transmission trials 
Organisation Coriant
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Our centre has developed novel Hollow Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres for low latency data transmission applications. These fibres can be operated both as single mode and as few mode fibres over the distance of few hundred meters to a few kilometres.
Collaborator Contribution Coriant has carried out transmission system tests using high specs commercial equipment and have achieved several record data transmission rates in the HC-PBGFs developed by the ORC, using spatial division multiplexing and a variety of advanced data transmission formats.
Impact Y. Jung, V. Sleiffer, N. Baddela, M. Petrovich, J. R. Hayes, N. Wheeler, D. Gray, E. R. Numkam Fokoua, J. Wooler, N. Wong, F. Parmigiani, S. Alam, J. Surof, M. Kuschnerov, V. Veljanovski, H. Waardt, de, F. Poletti, and D. J. Richardson, "First Demonstration of a Broadband 37-cell Hollow Core Photonic Bandgap Fiber and Its Application to High Capacity Mode Division Multiplexing," in Optical Fiber Communication Conference/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference 2013, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2013), paper PDP5A.3. http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OFC-2013-PDP5A.3 Poletti, F., Wheeler, N., Baddela, N., Jung, Y., Wooler, J., Gray, D., Numkam, E., Hayes, J., Slavik, R., Alam, S.U., Sandogchi, S.R., Sleiffer, V.A.J.M., Kuschnerov, M., Petrovich, M. & Richardson, D.J. (2013). Recent advances in photonic bandgap fiber technology. Conference Paper : Proceedings IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals Meeting 2013, 8-10 July 2013, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, (pp. TuC4.4-(115/116)). Invited paper. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PHOSST.2013.6614513
Start Year 2010
 
Description Customized Hollow core fibres for novel Gas sensing schemes 
Organisation IS Instruments
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of hollow core fibres tailored for IS gas sensing applications
Collaborator Contribution Support of a CASE Studentship; awarded and leading an Innovate UK grant in late 2015
Impact Support of new high value gas sensor instruments at IS Instruments (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Czech Technical University 
Organisation Czech Technical University in Prague
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution they developed special splicing and interconnection methods for compound glass fibres
Collaborator Contribution We supplied CTU with various types of compound glass fibres for a joint project aiming to developing special splicing and interconnection methods
Impact joint project aiming to developing special splicing and interconnection methods
Start Year 2014
 
Description DAS photonics 
Organisation DAS Photonics S. L.
Country Spain 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In collaboration with the University of Turin we have developed active phosphate glass optical fibers
Collaborator Contribution DAS is a Spanish private company created in 2005 as a spin-off of the Nanophotonics Technology Center (NTC) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). DAS (Defense, Avionics and Space) main focus is to develop innovative products for the fields of defense, avionics and space. They are working to integrate our fibers into their high power lasers and amplifiers
Impact integration of phosphate fibres into a product
Start Year 2015
 
Description Development of custom SDM fibres 
Organisation OFS Denmark
Country Denmark 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Characterisation of novel few-mode fibres for spatial division multiplexing
Collaborator Contribution Provided about 12 samples of state of the art SDM fibres to be tested at the ORC and used for transmission tests value >£20,000
Impact Support of new products at OFS (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2010
 
Description Development of custom active and passive fibres for spatial division multiplexing 
Organisation Yangtze Optical Fibre & Cable (Shanghai) Company Ltd.
Country China 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Characterisation of novel few-mode fibres for spatial division multiplexing
Collaborator Contribution Provided about 5 samples >1km length of state of the art SDM fibres to be tested at the ORC - value >£10,000
Impact Support of new products at YFTC (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2010
 
Description Development of custom power delivery fibres 
Organisation SPI Lasers UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of novel delivery fibres for SPI fibre laser products. £10k funding from the Zepler Innovation fund
Collaborator Contribution Provided £6000 for custom raw materials employed in fabrication
Impact Support of development of new components (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2014
 
Description Development of custom power delivery fibres 
Organisation Trumpf
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of several novel fibres for delivery of high-peak power
Collaborator Contribution Fully funded staged research programme - Ist stage (2015-2016): EUR 62,709 with follow-on projects expected
Impact Support of development of new components (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Development of custom spatial division multiplexing (SDM) and low latency fibres and their use in datacom systems. 
Organisation Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Design and fabrication of custom low latency fibre and multicore fibre for integration with Polatis' Devices
Collaborator Contribution Provided test equipment worth £65,000 on a long term loan; Testing of custom designed ORC fibres in a device configuration.
Impact Support of ongoing activities and new products at Polatis (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2014
 
Description FDU - Chalcogenide microspheres 
Organisation Fudan University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided bulk samples which were fabricated into microspheres
Collaborator Contribution Collaborations
Impact Internal Report
Start Year 2011
 
Description FIfL - Volume gratings 
Organisation Fraunhofer Society
Department Fraunhofer Center for Laser Technology
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provided bulk glass samples
Collaborator Contribution testing
Impact none
Start Year 2012
 
Description GTS - Material Analysis 
Organisation Glass Technology Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution samples
Collaborator Contribution Provided ICP-MS analysis to evaluate our glass and raw materials
Impact Enabled further understanding of our processes and lead to ongoing collaboration
Start Year 2013
 
Description Gooch and Housego 
Organisation Gooch & Housego
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact commercial
Start Year 2014
 
Description HW - Z-Scan and Laser Writing 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of bulk glass for nonlinear characterization and waveguide writing
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact EPSRC joint grant
Start Year 2010
 
Description Hollow core fibres for gas sensing applications 
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Design and fabrication of custom hollow core fibres
Collaborator Contribution £147,000 worth of research contracts over the course of the CIMP; Testing of custom designed ORC fibres in a device configuration.
Impact Support of ongoing activities at AWE (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2009
 
Description Hollow core fibres for miniaturized atomic clocks 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design and fabrication of custom hollow core fibres
Collaborator Contribution £150,000 worth of research contracts over the course of the CIMP; support for ORC application for DSTL PhD studentship; access to bespoke equipment @NPL for testing ORC fibres.
Impact Support of ongoing activities at NPL (commercially sensitive)
Start Year 2014
 
Description LSA - Material Analysis 
Organisation Loughborough Surface Analysis
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Samples
Collaborator Contribution Provided SIMS analysis to evaluate our material purity
Impact Enabled further understanding of our processes
Start Year 2013
 
Description MI - Rare earth doped glasses 
Organisation Masdar Institute
Country United Arab Emirates 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of rare earth doped glass
Collaborator Contribution Characterization
Impact Contribution to a student PhD thesis
Start Year 2011
 
Description MIT - Provision of thin films and bilateral visits 
Organisation Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of rare earth doped glass and thin films
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact internal reports
Start Year 2013
 
Description MT - Thrmal Analysis 
Organisation Mettler Toledo Safeline Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Demonstration of ultrafast thermal analysis
Collaborator Contribution provide equipment
Impact publications
Start Year 2012
 
Description MU - microspheres 
Organisation Macquarie University
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of chalcogenide microspheres
Collaborator Contribution Characterization
Impact Joint Publications
Start Year 2012
 
Description NPL chalcogenide canes 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glass rods provided
Collaborator Contribution Testing
Impact none, yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description NPL thermal sensitivity HC-PBGF 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our centre has developed novel Hollow Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres for data transmission applications. These fibres guide light in an air core and thus are thus expected to have significantly lower sensitivity to thermal phase noise, and thus to be more suitable to transfer ultraprecise timing signals as compared to standard all solid fibres.
Collaborator Contribution The group at NPL has carried out experiments and demonstrated a >18x reduction in thermal sensitivity in HC-PBGFs as compared to standard single mode fibres.
Impact publications planned & applications for further funding.
Start Year 2012
 
Description NTU - fibre characterization 
Organisation Nanyang Technological University
Country Singapore 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided speciality fibre for characterization in Singapore
Collaborator Contribution characterised the fibre
Impact Singapore Patent filed: 10201402459T
Start Year 2013
 
Description NTU - studentship 
Organisation Nanyang Technological University
Country Singapore 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Establishment of a joint PhD project and recruitment of a student
Collaborator Contribution Establishment of a joint PhD project and recruitment of a student
Impact a PhD graduate
Start Year 2013
 
Description Oxford Instrument 
Organisation Oxford Instruments
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact commercial
Start Year 2014
 
Description Plastic Logic 
Organisation Plastic Logic
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact commercial collaboration
Start Year 2014
 
Description Politecnico di Torino 
Organisation Polytechnic University of Turin
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are collaborating on the fabrication of active non-silica glasses by sharing recipes, glass samples, fabrication techniques and people, through 1 EU Marie Curie research fellowships and through the exchange of 2 visiting students (1 MSc and 1 PhD). Since 2016 discussions with Dr Paola Palmero have also taken place regarding the development of active glass materials for 2 um and 3 um wavelengths. It is now planned that Dr Fedia Ben Slimen, an ORC Hub researcher within the Compound Glass Group, will visit Dr Palmero's team to perform preliminary experiments for the development of active materials for 2 um and 3 um fibre based optical amplifiers. The visit will take place within the framework of the EU COST Action MP1401
Collaborator Contribution We are collaborating on the fabrication of active non-silica glasses by sharing recipes, glass samples, fabrication techniques and people, through 1 EU Marie Curie research fellowships and through the exchange of 2 visiting students (1 MSc and 1 PhD). Development of active materials for 2 um and 3 um fibre based optical amplifiers.
Impact Fabrication of novel fibres, glass samples, 1 EU Marie Curie research fellowships exchange of 2 visiting students (1 MSc and 1 PhD).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Qioptiq 
Organisation Qioptic
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact commercial - confidential
Start Year 2013
 
Description Seagate 
Organisation Seagate Technology (Ireland)
Country Ireland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential - commercial
Collaborator Contribution confidential - commercial
Impact confidential - commercial
Start Year 2012
 
Description TuE HC-PBGF transmission trials 
Organisation Eindhoven University of Technology
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our centre has developed novel Hollow Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres for low latency data transmission applications
Collaborator Contribution . The group at TU/e has carried out transmission system tests achieving the higher capacity x distance demonstrated to date in a HC-PBGF.
Impact R. van Uden, C. Okonkwo, H. Chen, N. V. Wheeler, F. Poletti, M. Petrovich, D. J. Richardson, H. de Waardt, and A. Koonen, "8.96Tb/s (32×28GBaud×32QAM) Transmission over 0.95 km 19 cell Hollow-Core Photonic Bandgap Fiber," in Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2014), paper W4J.3. http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OFC-2014-W4J.3
Start Year 2010
 
Description UC - Ultrafast Thermal Analysis 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of chalcogenide films for thermal characterization
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact Joint publications
Start Year 2011
 
Description UCC 2 micron HC-PBGF transmission 
Organisation University College Cork
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our centre has developed novel Hollow Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres with low loss at the 2 micron wavelength.
Collaborator Contribution The group at UCC/Tyndall has carried out full transmission system experiments within the novel transmission window at 2 microns.
Impact M. N. Petrovich, F. Poletti, J. P. Wooler, A.M. Heidt, N.K. Baddela, Z. Li, D.R. Gray, R. Slavík, F. Parmigiani, N.V. Wheeler, J.R. Hayes, E. Numkam, L. Gruner-Nielsen, B. Pálsdóttir, R. Phelan, B. Kelly, John O'Carroll, M. Becker, N. MacSuibhne, J. Zhao, F.C. Garcia Gunning, A.D. Ellis, P. Petropoulos, S.U. Alam, and D.J. Richardson, "Demonstration of amplified data transmission at 2 µm in a low-loss wide bandwidth hollow core photonic bandgap fiber," Opt. Express 21, 28559-28569 (2013) http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-23-28559 N.MacSuibhne, Z.Li, B.Baeuerle, J.Zhao, J.P.Wooler, S.U.Alam, F.Poletti, M.N.Petrovich, A.M.Heidt, N.V.Wheeler, N.K.Baddela, E.Numkam Fokoua, I.P.Giles, D.J.Giles, R.Phelan, J.O'Carroll, B.Kelly, D.Murphy, B.Corbett, A.D.Ellis, F.C.Garcia Gunning, D.J.Richardson "WDM transmission at 2 microns over low-loss hollow core photonic bandgap fiber" OFC '13 Los Angeles 17-21 Mar 2013
Start Year 2010
 
Description UCL - Material Analysis 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution samples
Collaborator Contribution Provided SIMS analysis to evaluate our material purity
Impact Enabled further understanding of our processes
Start Year 2012
 
Description UE - Chalcogenide thin Films 
Organisation University of Exeter
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of chalcogenide thin films
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact EPSRC proposal
Start Year 2011
 
Description UO - Thermal Expansion 
Organisation University College Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided Access to Equipment for Oxford PhD student
Collaborator Contribution use of equipment
Impact contribution to student PhD thesis
Start Year 2014
 
Description UP - Thin Films Characterization 
Organisation University of Pardubice
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of thin films
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact bilateral visits
Start Year 2013
 
Description US - Spectroscopy 
Organisation University of Saskatchewan
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of rare earth doped glass
Collaborator Contribution characterization
Impact none, yet
Start Year 2012
 
Description University of Tennessee Knoxville 
Organisation University of Tennessee
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Fabricated multielement fibre for neutron imaging
Collaborator Contribution provided isotopically pure glasses
Impact Fibres for neutron imaging
Start Year 2014
 
Title APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR THE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION OF GLASS INSULATED MICROWIRE 
Description APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR THE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION OF GLASS INSULATED MICROWIRE 
IP Reference  
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact None
 
Title HC-PBGF (fabrication) 
Description Fabrication technique for a hollow core photonic bandgap fibres 
IP Reference EP3047319 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Yes
Impact None
 
Title HC-PBGF (fabrication) 
Description Fabrication technique for hollow core photonic bandgap fibres 
IP Reference GB2518420A 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Yes
Impact None
 
Title HC-PBGF (fabrication) 
Description Fabrication technique for hollow core photonic bandgap fibres 
IP Reference US 2016-0236964 A1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Yes
Impact None
 
Title Hollow-core Photonic Bandgap Fibers and Methods of Manufacturing the Same 
Description A novel design for Hollow-core Photonic Bandgap Fibers and Methods of Manufacturing the Same 
IP Reference GB2518419A 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact None
 
Title Hollow-core Photonic Bandgap Fibers and Methods of Manufacturing the Same - HC-PBGF (Structure) 
Description Low-loss and wide bandwidth hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber (Structure) 
IP Reference EP3047318 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact None
 
Title Hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers and methods of manufacturing the same 
Description A method to scale up the manufacturing of hollow core optical fibres 
IP Reference WO2015040187A1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed No
Impact still patenting
 
Title Hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers and methods of manufacturing the same 
Description A new method to scale up manufacturing of Hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers 
IP Reference WO 2015040189 A3 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed No
Impact still in patenting process
 
Title Laser with axially-symmetric beam profile 
Description commercial 
IP Reference  
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2011
Licensed No
Impact none
 
Title Low-loss and wide bandwidth hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber (Structure) 
Description Low-loss and wide bandwidth hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber (Structure) 
IP Reference US2016-0209586A1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact None
 
Title Non-Linear Frequency Conversion Invention 
Description Non-Linear Frequency Conversion Invention 
IP Reference US-2014-0023098-A1 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2014
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact None
 
Title Optical Fibre Lasers 
Description commercial 
IP Reference GB1101187.1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2011
Licensed Yes
Impact Laser Quantum exploited the patent commercially
 
Company Name Lumenisity Ltd 
Description Lumenisity is a very recently formed University spin out concerned with commercialising optical fibre technology for diverse applications. 
Year Established 2016 
Impact company has only just recently secured funding.
 
Description "Science on Stage" EU Teachers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Science on Stage" EU Teachers, Queen Mary University London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description 2016 University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Engagement with 256 children and accompanying parents at the 2016 University of Southampton Science and Engineering day with the Lightwave Roadshow, an outreach education program based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre and supported by the EPSRC Future Photonics Manufacturing Hub. Significant participation by postgraduate students with research relevant to the Hub activities, with positive change of attitude and renewed engagement of the program following this activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.zeplerinstitute.ac.uk/news/4858
 
Description Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair,
NEC Birmingham, March 2014
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description British Science Festival : "Light shaping the future" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at the British Science Festival to inform current research fields of light for telecommunications aimed at the general public (>50 in attendance), which led to questions on my research and current consumer and technology trends.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Family Science and Engineering Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Family Science and Engineering Day
3 separate events, UoS campus
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Farnborough Air Show 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Stand generated interest from more technologically savvy visitors interested in photonics application and visual displays attracted interest and questions from schoolchildren in particular

Dissemination of research in photonics and optical fibres.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description From heliographs to the Internet: celebrating Light - Cafe Sci Salisbury 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 70 members of the general public attended a 45 minute presentation on the International Year of Light and my current research being carried out at the university of Southampton. Many questions were raised by the audience after the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://cafescientifiquesalisbury.org.uk/2015/09/light/
 
Description Key stage 3 school visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 175 pupils in key stage 3 attended 2 events visiting the research organisation and taking practical classes on telecommunications and applications to photonics and manufacturing research. Positive change of attitude noted from both youths and accompanying teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pint of Science, Southampton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 150 members of the general public attended the Southampton's Pint of Science "From Atoms to Galaxies" in May 2015. Many questions were addressed to researchers involved in the event on their presentations and in discussion afterwards. Assimilation of knowledge documented, positive feedback asking for a similar event to be held in 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/light-the-future-of-the-internet/
 
Description Primary school workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Work with university of southampton Outreach Office Widening Participation program. 3 events carried out to engage with 300 pupils from local schools.

The activity has resulted in the participation of a high-profile Primary Science Festival in Winchester Cathedral.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public Engagement Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Public Engagement Training for Postgraduate Students
3 sessions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Reflecting Photonics Garden for 2015 Royal Horticultural Society Tatton Park Flower Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact See awards for outcome of this activity.

The Reflecting Photonics Garden was exhibited at this year's RHS Tatton Show celebrating the International Year of Light. The garden was designed, produced and exhibited through a collaboration between the University of Southampton and garden designers Elks-Smith Garden Design. An estimated 80,000 participants attended the RHS show at Tatton Park. Approximately 2,000 people took Reflecting Photonics handouts. Of these, 42 members of the general public has lengthy conversations with my public engagement team to reflect on knowledge change, change of behaviour (would you recommend physics to a friend?)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park/exhibitors/Archive/2015/gardens/Refl...
 
Description Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Tatton Park 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Reflecting Photonics - Scientists in the Garden.
Conversations with approx 1200 visitors about research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description School visit (Inspire course) Key stage 5 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 30 pupils from schools around the UK attended a workshop and visit of the research facilities of the Optoelectronics Research Centre as part of a residential course for girls. Change of attitude towards the subject area recorded and assimilation of knowledge and application of photonics research. Renewed interest to participate in the residential course in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description School visits (Key stage 2) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 344 students attended a workshop on fibre optics and telecommunications developed based on the research areas of the postgraduate students involved in running the activity. The workshop is in high demand for 2016 from schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description School visits (Key stage 3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A series of workshops on telecommuniations was delivered to 763 students in key stage 3. The postgraduate demonstrators were asked questions about their research and studies, which has fed back into developing the structure of the workshop and PGRs improving their ability to communicate with school students and non-specialist audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description School visits, 6th form 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 126 6th form students visited the university in 4 events in 2015 to take part in workshops on fibre optics, quantum computing and telecommuniations research and to visit the university's cleanroom facilities. Comments are positive and further activities have been requested as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/q-wow.html
 
Description School visits, external (Key stage 1) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Visits to 4 schools and reached 180 students at key stage 1. This activity has required further demand from schools and further visits are in preparation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Science Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact London Science Museum
2 x Shows.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Science and Engineering Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science and Engineering Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I have been involved in Science and Engineering Day at the University of Southampton since 2014, where each year 400-500 members of the general public (out of an audience of >2000) visited a workshop that I have organised on the fundamentals of optics and photonics.

As a result of this workshop, myself and the postgraduates taking part in the event wished to develop new workshops to engage the same audience on but more specifically on our research areas. The experience of communicating fundamental science facilitated the process and gave us confidence to do this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Winchester Cathedral Primary Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participation in 2016 Winchester Cathedral Primary Science Festival. Working with 2 regional schools and 130 students in UK year 5-6.

The work has resulted in presentation of activity at an international conference, as well as a change of attitude and assimilation of knowledge from the youths participating in the activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://blogs.unionsouthampton.org/blog/2016/11/25/opsoc-pgr-students-sheds-light-on-science-at-winc...
 
Description outreach in schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Visit to schools, engagement with 4,200 pupils and members of general public, interactive experience with photonics.

increased number of schoools asking for outreach activities. requests from museums.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015