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The Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics is a multidisciplinary research centre with one of Europe's premier cleanrooms housing a unique range of photonics and nanoelectronics fabrication capabilities, and is home to the world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC).

COVID-19 STATEMENT

We are delighted that in accordance with Government guidance encouraging laboratory-based research to be resumed in a safe manner, the cleanrooms and laser laboratories have now been re-opened for priority research and development work.

 This has been carried out following risk assessments and significant changes to operating procedures to ensure safety is maintained on site at all times.  

 We are operating with reduced occupancy and added hygiene so that the rules on social distancing and good practice are met.

 The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our utmost priority, and Government advice continues to be that those who can work from home should continue to do so.

 This is good news for our research and enterprise activities that have been impacted by the campus shutdown and means PhD students can continue their studies.

 We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times. Your generous support ensures our community continues to thrive. Thank you.

 Professor Sir David Payne

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Centres of Excellence

Researchers from across Engineering and Physical Sciences are addressing national and global challenges in four new Centres of Excellence. These Centres are cross-disciplinary and will forge new links that transform the research landscape.

  • 16 February 2021

    Southampton photonics expert appointed as...

    Dr Jacob Mackenzie from the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the highly respected Applied Physics B journal. Jacob is an Associate Professor in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, where he leads the Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers (PWSL) research group working on novel laser gain-materials and architectures.

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  • 16 February 2021

    Silicon photonics platform redefines 3D imaging...

    Scientists at the Optoelectronics Research Centre and Pointcloud Inc in San Francisco have developed a compact LiDAR system for machines to accurately see a three-dimensional world in motion. The low-cost solution could pave the way for large volume production of low-cost, compact and high-performance 3D imaging cameras for use in robotics, autonomous navigation systems, the mapping of building sites and healthcare.

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  • 11 February 2021

    International study reveals exceptional...

    Researchers from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and Université Laval, Canada, have successfully measured for the first time back-reflection in cutting-edge hollow-core fibres that is around 10,000 times lower than conventional optical fibres.

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