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Project overview

The Universities of Southampton (SOU) and Glasgow (GLA) have established a new Silicon Photonics fabrication capability for the UK science base, through a project entitled CORNERSTONE. Following completion of the project, from December 2019 the CORNERSTONE fabrication capability will be self-sustaining. Based upon demand from the UK’s premier photonics researchers, this proposal seeks funding to extend the capability that is offered to UK researchers beyond the current Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) platforms, to include emerging Silicon Photonics platforms. These emerging platforms will enable a multitude of new applications either not suitable for the SOI platforms, or complementary to the SOI platforms. This proposal seeks support to bring the new platforms to a state of readiness to deliver the new functionality via a multi-project-wafer (MPW) mechanism to satisfy significantly increasing demand, and to encourage wider usage of world class equipment within the UK. This resource-only bid will facilitate access to a very significant inventory of equipment at the 2 host universities, including access to UK’s only deep-UV projection lithography capability.


Lead researcher
Other researchers

Professor David Thomson

Professorial Fellow-Research

Professor Frederic Gardes PhD


Professor Harold Chong

Professor of Electronic Engineering

Professor Goran Mashanovich

Personal Chair

Research interests

  • Silicon Photonics
  • Photonics Integrated Circuits
  • Sensors

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

A.H Talkhooncheh,
Wei Zhang,
M. Wang,
D.J. Thomson,
M. Ebert,
G.T. Reed,
& E. Emami
, 2022 , IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits , 58 (1)
Type: article
Shenghao Liu,
Fanfan Meng,
Han Du,
Wei Cao,
Vadivukkarasi Jeyaselvan,
Dehn Tran,
& Li Ke
, 2022
Type: bookChapter
Xia Chen,
F. Meng,
S. A. Fortune,
A. J. Compston,
H. Du,
D. T. Tran,
R. Nicolaescu,
, 2021
Type: conference
Jia Xu Brian Sia,
Xiang Li,
Wanjun Wang,
Zhongliang Qiao,
X. Guo,
Jiawei Wang,
Chongyang Liu,
Kian Siong Ang,
& Hong Wang
, 2021 , IEEE Photonics Journal , 13 (6)
Type: article
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