New Quantum Sensing PhD call from dstl covers key photonic topics

DSTL has announced its intention to fund a second tranche of Quantum Sensing Phd’s starting in October 2019.  The scope include many key photonics themes including:- electro-optics components novel VIS/IR sources single and multiphoton detectors digital optical delay lines photonics integrated circuits optical combs sub-shot noise imaging enhanced LIDAR

Photonics and sensor showcases in London and Glasgow

The latest emerging photonics, sensors and imaging technologies will be showcased at two events in London in May in the run up to the International Day of Light on 16 May. Photonics and Imaging – 1 May, London: Sensors – 3 May, Glasgow: Organised by the emerging technologies team at the Knowledge Transfer Network, contact Ali…

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IOP business awards 2018 now open

The Institute of Physics business awards 2018 are now open for entries.  Recognising the contribution physics and physicists make to industry across all sectors with categories for innovative companies, start-ups and individuals. Photonics is always well represented in the awards which providing a unique  opportunity for recognising the impact of Physics based innovation in the…

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Innovate Emerging and Enabling competition to open 22 Jan

Innovate_UK latest Emerging and Enabling competition will open on 22 January.  Traditionally the home for many #photonics applications Emerging and Enabling will form strand 2 of a joint call with Health and Life Sciences (strand 1) sharing a budget of £19million.  Application deadline is 28 March 2018. Projects must show significant innovation in one of…

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Photonics in Defence and Security

The new Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2017 is welcomed by the PLG. The concise review identifies the critical role science and technology plays in current and future defence and security. Many of the key enablers identified in sensing, quantum technology, novel materials, autonomy and more are underpinned by photonics innovations. The importance…

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Industrial Digitisation in UK – Made Smarter Review

The PLG welcomes the publication of Juerger Maier’s Made Smarter Review of how digital technology, including photonics, can boost UK manufacturing by £455billion over 10 years.  A likely prelude for an Industrial Digitisation Sector Deal, the review outlines three key challenges in leadership, adoption and innovation. Photonics, notable industrial vision, optical metrology and laser processing,…

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MBDA publish 2017 technology challenges for photonics and RF

In collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network, MDBA have published 17 key challenges to which they are seeking innovative solutions- many of which require novel photonics or hybrid photonics and radio frequency solutions.  Outline responses are requested by 6 October 2017.

Lasers for industry 4.0 – latest trends in laser based manufacturing from Photonics21

With photonics technology, especially lasers, central to the digitising of manufacturing and industry 4.0 Photonics21 Working Group 2 have analysed EU funded projects in Laser Based Manufacturing from 2010 onward and compared to current market trends. Whilst the technical content of funded projects to industry trends is strong, the analysis shows key emerging applications have…

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The Upside of Brexit- photonic exports

Away from the political chaos caused by the Brexit vote, it is worth reflecting that industry is much more comfortable with absorbing unforeseen change than our politicians or press appear to be.  Everyday companies take in their stride changing customer demand, new product introductions, changes in personal, vagaries in delivery and host of other factors…

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