ORC people

There are around 200 staff and students working at the ORC... more


The ORC works with many different academic and industrial collaborators  worldwide... more

Innovation at the ORC

The ORC has a long history of innovation and mutually-beneficial work with industry... more

Published research

Our researchers publish about 200 journals per year and enjoy tremendous academic success.  Search our publications database here

About the ORC

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research based at the University of Southampton.

Formed in 1989 as an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, the ORC merges groups from Electronics and Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy at the University.

We have a vibrant community of researchers, led by some of the leading figures in the field of photonics. We have contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet as well as many solutions in medicine, biosciences sensing, security and manufacturing.

We have very strong links with local, national and international industries, and collaborate with many other university groups as well as other schools within the University of Southampton.

Our staff are encouraged to pursue industrial links, and we are one of the leading research centres in this area, working with the Research and Innovation Services department at the University.

With around 200 publications per year, 25 Invited or Plenary talks, and a spectacular history of innovation, we are highly successful. Academic success is, however, only part of the story. Our mission is to make a positive difference to the world around us, continuing the quest for lateral, non-linear ideas.


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ORC history

Find about about the origins and history of the ORC here.


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