Airguide Photonics Collaboration Fund Call for Research Proposals

The EPSRC-funded Programme Grant “Airguide Photonics” includes a “Collaboration Fund” to enable the inclusion of new partners to bring additional value to the programme. Initial engagement will be via short research projects that support the objectives of the programme. Therefore, we are inviting proposals from UK-based academic researchers for projects valued ordinarily up to £50,000, (exceptionally up to £100,000), which directly or indirectly contribute to the areas outlined below and which add benefit to the overall aims of the project.

1.            Hollow Core Fibre development

Hollow Core Fibre (HCF) development is Airguide Photonics’ core activity which aims to design, develop, fabricate (and supply) the next generation of ultrahigh performance HCFs.

2.            Hollow Core Fibre reliability and interconnection)

We address the key practical and reliability aspects associated with the deployment of HCFs in the real-world applications.

3.            Amplifiers, lasers and components for Hollow Core Fibres

This theme will develop a suite of amplifiers compatible with the enormous operating bandwidth offered by HCFs. This is key to unlocking long distance HCF transmission and many of the laser, sensor, quantum and metrology applications of HCFs in our other work packages.

4.            Data transmission in Hollow Core Fibres

Studying the transformative applications enabled by adoption of hollow-core fibre technology.

5.            Laser delivery applications of Hollow Core Fibres

The exponential increase in available laser power creates new opportunities to exploit the advantages of coherent light to ablate, weld, mark, vaporize and sense. In numerous application areas however, all-glass fibre-based laser delivery has now reached the fundamental limits of optical fibres, dictated by nonlinear effects, transparency range and/or damage mechanisms to the glass.

6.            Hollow Core Fibre for sensing and metrology

We are interested in exploiting the long gas/light interactions possible in Hollow Core Fibres (HCFs) as well as their stability with respect to environmental conditions, developing a range of new devices.