Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, has signed a five year strategic deal with ultrafast laser maker Chromacity to commercialise its research into high speed photonics.
The agreement extends the collaboration between Chromacity and Heriot-Watt University through joint funding applications, research projects and technology licensing agreements. There are 100 researchers work on high speed photonic systems at the university, and Chromacity seconds at least one PhD or EngD student per year.
The company, based on the university campus, designs and manufactures ultrafast lasers for a wide range of industrial and fundamental research applications. Systems range from fixed wavelength femtosecond lasers to tunable picosecond OPOs across the near and mid-IR spectral region. These ultra-short pulse systems have been deployed for applications such as multi-photon imaging, SHG microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, stand-off detection of harmful chemicals and quantum optics research.
“The technology that Chromacity has developed is all about accuracy and control of light, and this skill supports a wide range of applications within spectroscopy and microscopy techniques,” said Prof. Patrik Öhberg, who leads the University’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPAQS). “This agreement aims to facilitate the transformation of Heriot-Watt University’s fundamental research into commercial opportunities by leveraging Chromacity’s expertise in developing ultrafast lasers for academic and industrial markets.”
The two have jointly developed next generation optical parametric oscillators which are critical for applications such as detection of gases which are harmful to people, assets and the environment.
“Chromacity has strong foundations with Heriot-Watt University and we look forward to helping build bridges between the pioneering research taking place at the University and the commercial applications where those discoveries can play a transformative role in society,” Shahida Imani, CEO of Chromacity.
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