SPIE Photonics West – Our PGRs at the world’s largest photonics technologies event

The XM2 PGRs Joaquin Faneca and Liam Trimby visited San Francisco (California) for one of the biggest events in photonics: the SPIE photonic WEST conference.

Joaquin gave a presentation on his recent research results on integrated 2D materials in silicon nitride platformin in the Silicon Photonic section, and presented a poster in a section devoted to Optical Interconnects. Liam presented a poster summarising his work on tunable metamaterial band-pass filters. Our PGRs appreciated the opportunity to liaise with international representatives from both the scientific and the industry community. The event provided an excellent platform to gain insights in the latest developments of the sector, e.g. outlined in Stephen G. Anderson’s presentation on the strength of the photonics market.

The PGRs also got to enjoy the social and cultural aspects of the conference – from active team work during evening sessions to cycling around the bay and visiting Alcatraz. Joaquin and Liam returned to Exeter being fully enthused by their experience. In Joaquin’s words: “It was simply fantastic!

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