12:30 – 12:40
Low-Loss Photonic Wire Bonds and Facet-Attached Micro-Optical Elements: from Telecom to Quantum Applications
Sebastian Skacel, Vanguard Automation GmbH

Photonic wire bonding allows to combine the complementary strengths of different optical integration platforms in advanced photonic multi-chip modules leading to compactness with high performance and great design flexibility. The technique relies on highly precise direct-write 3D laser lithography for printing of freeform single-mode waveguides between optical dies, thereby offering a path towards fully automated mass production without the need for active alignment. 3D nano-printing can also be used to fabricate facet-attached beam-shaping elements on optical chips and fibers, allowing for low-loss coupling with high alignment tolerance and for wafer-level probing of optical devices.



The dawning Optical Fibre Age is different – really

Prof Will Stewart, FREng, HonFIET, FInstP, FOSA

It is traditional to see the development of civilization in tech-defined ‘ages’, and so far as communications is concerned we started a century ago in a ‘copper age’ which is now fading into an optical fibre age, which will have a huge impact.  Of course the optical fibre dates back to the work of Charles Kao in 1967 (with the UK making and continuing to make key contributions) but its arrival with actual users in the access network is only now developing. The real significance of this has yet to be felt – there is a rise of many orders of magnitude in the capacity potentially available to each user – to levels far beyond anything offered by the RF spectrum.  At last we have plenty of room at the top! (of the e/m spectrum).  And this is vital – already Ofcom records data flows to the user on ‘fixed’ (including fibre and WiFi) as 100 times those on mobile, and still rising fast.


Europe in the global photonics landscape

Carlos Lee, EPIC


Innovate UK & Photonics

Iain Mauchline, Innovate UK

A brief introduction to Innovate UK – the general background and role that Innovate UK has in promoting and furthering the UK’s innovation and technology. As part of UK Research and Innovation, Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

Support and Funding Opportunities – an overview of grants and other funding mechanism available and the support network that Innovate UK can offer e.g. KTN , EDGE, KTP.

Photonics @ Innovate UK – Examples of project areas currently running related to photonics. The future vision of photonics at Innovate UK as a key enabling and cross cutting technology.

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