Mesophotonics Ltd was established in July 2001 to develop and
commercialise planar photonic crystal technology in the fields of
lasers, miniature optics, telecommunications and computing.
The company is a spin-out from the University
of Southampton where a multi-disciplinary team have been conducting
research in the area of photonic crystals and photonics band gaps
since 1994. Academics from the Departments of Electronics
& Computer Science, and Physics
have collaborated on the design, fabrication and characterisation
of devices which have demonstrated the potential of the technology.
Operating at wavelengths ranging from the mid infrared at >4µm
through to visible regions of spectrum at 700 to 400nm these devices
clearly have the ability to impact all areas of photonics.
In partnership with BTG,
the global technology commercialisation company, the founding team
of seven and the University created and launched Mesophotonics to
further develop photonic crystal devices, design products and take
them to market.
The technology developed by the team allows light to be bent, routed
and processed at sub-millimeter scale. This will enable multiple
optical functions and complex systems to be implemented at high
density on a single silicon chip, leading the way to low cost, high
volume production of integrated optical devices. Additional optical
devices will also be possible at efficiencies and sizes not previously
achievable as photonic band gaps are used to modify fundamentally
how light is generated inside photonic crystals.