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Marking the fifth anniversary of Fraunhofer CAP, a technical innovation session celebrating the Scottish photonics cluster. Topped and tailed with a little look back and a big look forward.



Paperclips, politics and perseverance
Simon Andrews, Executive Director, Fraunhofer UK

A brief and light-hearted look back on the first five years establishing Fraunhofer in the UK.

Advanced laser technology for gas sensing applications
Dr Marie Hutin, Grants Manager, Cascade Technologies Ltd

Cascade Technologies Ltd. (acquired in 2014 by Emerson Process Management) is a leading manufacturer of gas analyzers and monitoring systems using Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology. QCL technology provides a step change in gas analyzer performance through its increased sensitivity, speed of response, and fingerprinting capability. The chirp patented technique is unique to Cascade and results in high resolution spectra that enable enhanced sensitivity. Access to quality, high volume, QCL supply is critical to Cascade’s business. The collaborative project MIRAGE, supported by Scottish Enterprise and CENSIS, will see the Scottish-base supply chain of III-V semiconductors and quality mid-IR sensors strengthened, boosting local economy.


Development of High Performance III-V Compound Semiconductors Infrared Focal Plane Arrays
Dr Manish Jain,
Programme Manager, Amethyst Research

This presentation will be on Amethyst Research's effort within the MIRAGE consortium (supported by Scottish Enterprise and CENSIS) for developing high performance infrared imaging arrays. The infrared sensing technology employed for this R&D project is based up on innovative and technically disruptive detector architecture and is currently gaining traction in US markets. The imaging platform technology will enable high-end products in applications such as thermal (night vision) and hyperspectral imaging, trace gas sensing, defence and security screening and medical imaging.


Establishing a compound semiconductor on silicon materials platform for mid-IR sensors
Prof Iain Thayne
, University of Glasgow

This presentation will overview recent activity at the University of Glasgow as part of the MIRAGE consortium and funded by Scottish Enterprise and CENSIS,  on the growth of compound semiconductors, specifically antimonide-based materials on silicon substrates.  The motivation for this work is the establishment of a silicon-based platform which can accommodate the realisation of low power consumption light emitting diodes and photodetectors optimised for non-dispersive gas sensing in the mid-IR wavelengths.  This enabling capability will permit the exploitation of the economies of scale offered by silicon-based manufacturing on wafers whose starting substrate costs are significantly reduced.


Integrated RGB laser light module for autostereoscopic outdoor displays
Garrie Vickers, Hi-Rel Space Applications Programme Manager, Optocap Ltd

Development of a highly compact RGB laser light module used as a light source in multi-view autostereoscopic outdoor displays and projection devices – integrating active and passive optical components and microelectronic devices in a bespoke hermetically sealed module.

15.20 Product Development and the Role of Innovation in an SME
Dr Christopher G. Leburn, CEO, Chromacity Ltd

In this talk we will highlight the recent developments in our product line and discuss how product innovation has enabled Chromacity to grow its product portfolio with unique products. We will discuss the core technology we use and highlight the new products such as the Spark X and the Spark FIR (the highest average power commercial OPO in the mid-infrared).

As a spin-out from a research group at Heriot Watt University technology transfer of cutting edge research into commercial products is a key component of our product innovation roadmap and we will discuss how we work closely with academics and industry to supply world-leading products.

15.40 Low loss dielectric Bragg Reflectors for quantum spin systems
Miss Najwa Sidqi, Research Scientist, Helia Photonics Ltd

Single photon technology represents an area of intense and continuous fundamental and applied research work since the past 80 years, with the invention of photomultiplier tubes as single photon detectors.

While this technology allows to perform sensitive measurements in a wide range of applications such as astrophysics, imaging, health, safety and molecular biology, the advanced research and the growing interest in developing single photon sources and emitters shown during the past four decades are mainly related to quantum communication and quantum cryptography.

We will present in the following some of the applications of single photon technology. Then, we will provide an introduction for Spin-NANO, one of the European Union and H2020 innovative training networks. We will explain its contribution in the development of an efficient single photon extraction technology.

Finally, we will explain the role of Helia Photonics in developing efficient and low loss optical coating for cavity-based single photon sources.

16.00 Future Fotonic Firsts
Dr John-Mark Hopkins, Deputy Head of Centre, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics
What’s coming up next in the world of photonic innovation, with some emphasis on Space, Quantum Technology and where those two sectors collide, and more.
16.15 Close
  The Exhibition will remain open until 5pm

Fraunhofer in the UK

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. Fraunhofer UK will bridge the gap between university research and industry, train PhD students to be more business-ready, act as a long term R&D partner to UK companies allowing them to focus on near-term marketing and production, and provide a gateway to the best technical expertise in Europe, USA, and Asia.


The UK Fraunhofer Centre is based in the new Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

This is a free meeting, however we do ask that you register in advance, this will help us with choosing which theatre to use and what refreshments we will need. Please register to attend:

Our role:

To benefit the UK economy by enhancing the performance of UK industry through innovation.

  • Providing professional R and D services to industry
  • Being a partner for UK companies in collaborative projects
  • Consultancy service - feasibility and short studies
  • Training the next generation of scientists and engineers

Fraunhofer has a proven track record in bringing new ideas and technologies to market across the world

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