World Class Facilities

The Southampton Photonics Foundry - a hub for photonics science

The Southampton Photonics Foundry is a hub for innovation in photonics science and technology. Run by the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the purpose built materials and cleanroom complex is a base for world-leading photonics research, building upon the ORC's 40 year track record and ensuring its leading edge materials and process expertise is maintained. 

Unique fabrication capability

The Foundry is based in the new Mountbatten building at the University of Southampton. It offers over 730m2 of state-of-the-art clean room facilities and related laboratories; these provide unique fabrication capabilities over a broad spectrum of photonic materials, processes and devices including novel glass production, integrated photonics, advanced optical fibre fabrication, biophotonics, nanophotonics and metamaterials.  

Collaboration opportunities

While the Foundry was built primarily for the use of ORC researchers, we welcome collaboration on all aspects of photonics to exploit the facilities to their full potential. We also offer many of these fabrication facilities for commission daily by external researchers working in academia or in industry. For details of the equipment provided in the clean rooms please click on the links below.

Integrated photonics clean room

Novel glass and fibre facilities

Silica fibre facilities

Commercial solutions for silica on silicon photonics

FEI Helios NanoLab DualBeam FIB/SEM


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