The Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton is one of the largest university-based research groups entirely devoted to optoelectronics in the world, and has maintained a position at the forefront of photonics research for over four decades. Its long and well established track record in the fields of optical fibre, lasers, waveguides, devices and optoelectronic materials has fostered innovation, enterprise, cross-boundary and multi-disciplinary activities. It has built strong links with industry, research institutions and universities around the world, from informal collaborations to large-scale funding. Several spin out companies, including SPI Lasers Plc, Stratophase Ltd, Fibercore Ltd and ChG Southampton Ltd, have commercialised the fruits of ORC research; while its extensive outreach programme has brought lasers and optical fibres into schools across the country.
Southampton, UK
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork is one of Europe’s leading research centres, specialising in ICT hardware research, commercialisation of technology and the education of next generation researchers. Tyndall has a critical mass of over 420 researchers, engineers, students and support staff focused on quality research and the commercialisation of technology through industry collaboration, IP licensing and spinout generation. Tyndall’s research addresses key challenges in the areas of Communications, Energy, Health and the Environment through its technologies which span the range “from atoms to systems” in the areas of photonics, microsystems and micro-nanoelectronics, backed by strong expertise in theory, modelling and design and a highly flexible wafer fabrication capability in Si CMOS, III-V’s and MEMS. Many of Tyndall’s MSc and PhD graduates go on to pursue careers in industry and are respected for the quality of their research and development outputs. Tyndall is supported by funding from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Higher Education Authority.
Cork City, Ireland
Phoenix Photonics Limited was founded in July 2002, to provide optical fibrerncomponents and modules to the telecommunications, test & measurement and sensorrnmarkets. The founders collectively have in depth experience of the technology, thernmarkets and the business sector.. The core technology is optical fibre evanescent fieldrntechnology, which enables a large range of fibre components and modules to bernrealized. The company specialises in fiber polarization management components andrninstruments.
Surrey, UK
The Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE) is a research-driven and designoriented technical university. The interfacultary institute COBRA – Communication technology: Basic Research and Applications – performs research in the area of broadband telecommunication techniques, encompassing optical communication as well as radio communication. The National Research Centre Photonics within COBRA is one of the six awarded top research schools in the Netherlands. Within COBRA, the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group of the department Electrical Engineering focuses its research on optical communication system techniques, ranging from very high speed long range transmission links, ultrafast (all-)optical packet switching nodes, to multi-service flexible access and inbuilding networks. The ECO group has initiated, managed and participated in many projects in the Framework Programmes of the European Commission, notably in the areas of access and short-range networks, optical packet switching, and ultra-high speed transmission. The group also has leading roles in national projects in the area of access and in-building networks, and run bilateral research cooperation projects with industry.
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
OFS Fitel Denmark (part of OFS Specialty Photonics) is the industry leader in optical fibre design and modification for highly customized applications. OFS Speciality Photonics develops and supplies advanced optical fibres, including speciality multi-mode, specialty single-mode, rare-earth doped, polarization-maintaining and other non-standard fibres. It also manufactures specialty cables and connectors, and other specialty products, such as high-power laser components. OFS Speciality Photonics is part of the global OFS with headquarters in Norcross (near Atlanta,rnGeorgia), USA. OFS is owned by the Japanese company Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications.
Brøndby, Denmark
Eblana Photonics designs and supplies single mode laser products for OEM manufacturers in the broadband Access, Enterprise and Datacom markets. Eblana’s products exploit a proprietary Photon Bandgap Engineering technology from which Eblana derives a complete product portfolio. This product platform includes uncooled packaged lasers for Analog and Digital telecom and datacom applications including FTTx, PON, SONET/SDH and CWDM operating at speeds up to 10 Gbit/s. Eblana’s products also include Enhanced Fabry Perot Lasers and ultra narrow spectral linewidth lasers. Eblana provides products in all the main communications wavelength bands (1310 nm, 1490 nm, 1550 nm).
Dublin, Ireland
Coriant is a leading supplier of future-proof optical transport, packet/optical aggregation and switching, and SDN-enabled service management and control solutions to Tier 1 service providers worldwide. With a distinguished heritage of engineering excellence and innovation, and over 30 years of optical networking leadership and expertise, Coriant’s end-to-end solutions enable fixed line and mobile network operators to reduce operational complexity, increase service velocity, and improve resource utilization in multi-layer transport networks.
Founded as an independent company by Marlin Equity Partners in 2013 following the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks Optical Business and the integration of Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc., Coriant operates worldwide in more than 48 countries and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. Our proven culture of innovation and forward-looking vision, combined with demonstrated technology leadership and unmatched financial strength, put Coriant in a unique position to help service providers meet the challenges and opportunities of the hypergrowth era.
Munich, Germany
ESPCI ParisTech is a leading French Grande École training scientists and engineers at the graduate level, as well as a world renowned research institution and an engine of innovation for industry. Founded in 1882, ESPCI ParisTech has been under the ægis of the City of Paris for over 125 years. It counts among its current and former faculty a number of Nobel laureates (Pierre & Marie Curie, Frédéric Joliot-rnCurie, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes and Georges Charpak), as well as other highly innovative scientists (most notably Paul Langevin). Located in the heart of Paris, the ESPCI ParisTech campus is currently home to 17 laboratories and research institutes operating at the forefront of fundamental and applied research in physics, chemistry and biology, with an output of one article per day and one patent per week.ESPCI ParisTech is a founding member of ParisTech, the Paris Instituternof Technology, which brings together the top 12 engineering and business schools in France.
Paris, France
The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) at Aston University is an internationally recognised research centre in the fields of high-speed optical fibre communications, fibre grating inscription and fibre sensing. The AIPT has world leading expertise in both theoretical and experimental studies of high-speed transmission systems, with a long history of nonlinear and more recently has specialised in advanced Raman amplification applied to telecommunications research. Much of the group’s applied research is carried out in collaboration with industrial partners ranging from large companies, such as Alcatel-Lucent, Coriant, Oclaro, BT, Orange, and Sterlite, to SMEs, for example Phoenix Photonics, Pilot Photonics, Astasensand many others. The group also engages in direct exploitation of its intellectual property. In 2001 it spun out Indigo Photonics to commercialise its fibre grating technology; the company was acquired in 2003 by Insensys limited. In 2000 6 members of the group were involved in the spin out project Solstis within Marconi Communications which commercialised dispersion managed soliton transmission techniques into an ultra-long haul DWDM system and recent spin out companies from group members include Astasense and Pilot Photonics.
Birmingham, UK