The ORC has strong links with industry, research institutions and universities around the world, from informal collaborations to large-scale funding.

Our research groups are constantly working on projects in collaboration with one another, drawing on each others knowledge, skills, experience and specialist equipment. We also work with groups from across the University, other universites and industy.


Collaborations within the University of Southampton

Within the University we work in collaboration with the Schools of:

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

ECS has a long history with optoelectronics, and the ORC was formed in part by an ECS group. Today, several of our staff members are seconded from ECS, and there are many joint ventures between the two schools.

Physics and Astronomy

A group from Physics was the other partner in the formation of the ORC, and as with ECS, several staff are seconded from Physics. Some ORC researchers also teach on the Physics B.Sc and M.Phys courses.


Much of our work relies on new optical materials. This means the School of Chemistry is another natural collaborator. We are also conducting research on chemical and biochemical sensing techniques, working with the School.


There are many exciting challenges in photonics that require sophisticated mathematical models to understand what is going on, and to predict new devices. Our empiricists and theorists work closely with groups in the School of Mathematics to explore these uncharted areas.


One of the exciting areas of our research is biophotonics. New capabilities for detection, classification and sorting of bio material are being developed, along with a range of treatments involving lasers or light. We are working with the School of Medicine to develop these new capabilities. 


Collaborations with other universities and industry

We have worked in collaboration with many universities and industry partners both in the UK and worldwide on a number of successful projects including:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
    This collaborative research project aims to exploit the enormous potential of Microstructured Optical Fibres (MOFs), one of the newest concepts in fibre optics, to come up with new technologies to underpin the multi-billion pound industry of optical communications and measurement systems. This collaboration is supported by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) major award of 0.5m more...
  • University College London, UK, CNRS-SIFCOM France, Universita di Trento, Italy, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, TEEM Photonics France, IMEP France and SSSUP Italy are all project partners on an EU project called Lancer. The project aims to realise compact, high performance, CMOS-compatible and cost-effective planar optical amplifiers and lasers for next generationoptical networks based on rare-earth-doped silicon-rich silica waveguides.
  • University of Bonn, Professor Karsten Buse and Dr Elisabeth Soergel
    Using piezo force microscopy for domain visualisationin enegineered ferroelectric materials.
  • The National Technical University of Athens, Dr Ioanna Zergioti
    Using lasers for light induced forward transfer (LIFT) for nanoscale structuring.
  • QinetiQ, Malvern
    Uisng Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM) to examine light propagation along waveguides, down to a sub-wavelength resolution.


Do you want to work with the ORC?

There is a long history of discovery and innovation at the ORC, and we are well aware that collaborations with other organisations have been fundamental to our success.

If you are part of an academic or industrial research organisation and are interested in collaborating with our researchers please email us.

We are always open to new and interesting collaborations where a combination of expertise may be mutually beneficial. The areas that we are currently working on can be fully explored through our Research Group pages. We are also interested in exporing new areas, and not all of our most recent directions will have made it onto our website. We suggest making contact with the group leader of the area closest to the subject for collaboration, and including Professor David Richardson on the emails. Professor Richardson co-ordinates our collaborative efforts, and so he may be contacted if the enquiry is more general, or does not have a natural 'home' in any of our groups.

If you are interested in including a link to your team, please talk to your ORC contact.

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