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Debrett's honours PHH director in Engineering and Technology

The prestigious 2017 Debrett's 500 of the most influential and inspiring people living and working in Britain today features Optoelectronics Research Centre director, Professor Sir David Payne, for the third consecutive year...


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Photonics Industry Day success

The inaugural industry day hosted by the newly formed Future Photonics Hub was hailed a resounding success by delegates and exhibitors alike. With some 150 attendees participating from industry sectors such as: manufacturing, photonics, aerospace, defence, advanced materials, electronics, telecoms and healthcare...


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Southampton makes top 50 in Nature Index
Rising Stars

The University of Southampton has confirmed its place amongst the world’s leading universities for high-quality research by placing 41 in the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement...


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PHH Principle Investigator conferred with honorary degree by NTU Singapore

Photonics Hyperhighway Principle Investigator, Professor Sir David Payne, has been presented an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Engineering, from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore for his revolutionary work in optoelectronics.


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PHH students recognised at Festival of Doctoral Research

PhD students Nicholas Wong, Matt Posner, and Peijun He have won several Doctoral College Director’s Awards in various themes during the Festival of Doctoral Research...


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ERC award success for early career researcher

Professor Francesco Poletti from the Photonics Hyperhighway Programme at Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has won an ERC Award from the EU of €2.75M over 5 years for his ‘LightPipe’ project.


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Science and Engineering Day demonstrates
excellence in outreach

The University of Southampton opened its doors on Saturday to thousands of people for its biggest outreach event of the year, Science and Engineering Festival 2016, part of British Science Week...


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Trio of PhD students receive national recognition
of their research

A trio of outstanding Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) PhD students have been recognised for their achievements with the award of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) doctoral prizes...


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PHH Principle Investigator listed in Debrett's 500 2016

Professor Sir David Payne, Principle Investigator for the Photonics Hyperhighway Programme and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, has been listed in the Debrett's top 500 most influential people in Britain...


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ORC led fibre research shows promise for ultra-stable applications

A team from the Optoelectronics Research Centre, home to the Photonics Hyperhighway Programme, has published their research into the development of an advanced fibre with zero-sensitivity to temperature changes...


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Southampton's ORC to lead £10 million National Manufacturing Hub

The Optoelectronics Research Centre, home to the Photonics Hyperhighway Programme, is to lead one of two £10 million research centres that will transform the UK’s manufacturing industries through the use of photonics, the science and technology of light...


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EPSRC funded 'light' garden project wins SEPNet
public engagement award

An EPSRC-funded public engagement project, hosted at RHS Tatton in July, has won most innovative public engagement project by SEPnet (South East Physics Network)...


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PhD Student wins Best Student Paper award at
ECOC 2015

PhD student Reza Sandoghchi has won the award for best student paper this year at the European Conference for Optics and Communications (ECOC), the largest conference on Optical Communications in Europe. He is celebrating by donating his prize money to charity...


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Scientists from ORC unveil first results using new National Dark Fibre Infrastructure

Southampton scientists have revealed the first research results from the new National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service (NDFIS) this week at the ECOC conference (Valencia, Spain; 27 Sept. to 1 Oct., 2015)...


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International collaboration receives Charles Kao Award

Researchers from the Photonics Hyperhighway programme at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) in Southampton, working with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and other international partners, have been awarded the prestigious Charles Kao Award for...


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Meet the team at Laser World of Photonics

Members of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) team will be among the 1,180 exhibitors and 27,000 visitors expected to attend the world's leading trade fair and photonics conference in Munich, Germany next week (22nd-25th June 2015).


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ORC researchers manufacture record length of
high-performance photonic bandgap fibre

Researchers at Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre have successfully manufactured a record 11km of a special type of optical fibre; hollow core photonic bandgap fibre (HC-PBGF), a type of fibre that until now had only been made in lengths of hundreds of metres.


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Outstanding PhD student amplifies her
career prospects

PhD student, Qiongyue Kang, at the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has been awarded the highly regarded Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad.


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Next-generation optical fibre now available
to purchase

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, is making its next-generation fibre available for purchase (Stand B2 124, Laser Munich, Germany, June 22-25).


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New method to generate arbitrary optical pulses

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers.


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New European project shines a light on the importance of Photonics

The University of Southampton is marking the 2015 International Year of Light, by taking part in a new project to help people and businesses throughout Europe understand the importance of photonics, the science of light.


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Royal Mail launches 'Inventive Britian' stamps
including fibre optics

Royal Mail has announced the launch of the ‘Inventive Britain’ Special Stamp set, issued to mark a long and rich history of Britain as an inventive nation.


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Student innovator wins at the EPSRC’s UK
ICT Pioneers competition

David Wu, a fourth year PhD student from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has won in the EPSRC’s national competition for pioneering in Information and Communication Technology.


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PHH Principal Investigator named in Debrett's
500 most influential people

Professor Sir David Payne, PHH Principal Investigator and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, has been listed in the Debrett's top 500 most influential people in Britain.

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Southampton researchers create 'Speed of light'
fibre optic

By exploiting a characteristic of hollow-core optical fibres, researchers at the University of Southampton claim to have brought data transmission rates within touching distance of the speed of light.

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PHH Co-Investigator named 2015 IEEE Fellow

Professor David Richardson, PHH Co-Investigator and Deputy Director of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), has been named as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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70th symposium honours fibre optics pioneer

Professor Sir David Payne, whose contributions to optical fibre technology formed the backbone of the Internet and telecommunications networks, has been honoured for his 70th birthday with a special symposium at the University of Southampton.


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Southampton plays host to Photonics Hyperhighway workshop

Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) played host to a workshop aimed at improving the joint working of the photonics and communications research communities across the UK.


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University consortium to develop state-of-the-art communication network

Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is part of a consortium that has been awarded £2.5 million to develop a national 'dark fibre' infrastructure that will allow experimentation on future internet technologies.


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PhD student wins best paper at international conference

PHH Programme student, Qiongyue (Yvonne) Kang, taking her PhD, has won the best student paper award at the OSA topical meeting, Fiber-Based Technologies and Applications, at the International Photonics and Optoelectronics Meetings (POEM) 2014, held in Wuhan, China.


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PHH Principal Investigator recognised with
RISE award

Professor Sir David Payne, Principal Investigator for EPSRC Photonics Hyperhighway, is one of three academics from the University of Southampton to have been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


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New optical signal processing for power-hungry,
high-speed networks

A new all-optical signal processing device to meet the demands of high capacity optical networks and with a wide range of applications including ultrafast optical measurements and sensing has been developed by researchers at the University of Southampton.

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Pioneering research aims to make the internet faster

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, has announced a major investment by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of £7.2million for research into new technologies to enhance the infrastructure that underpins the internet and which will make broadband internet and TV at least 100 times faster.