Department of Physics

Showcasing optical fibres research at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Mon Apr 04 15:04:00 BST 2016

Dr William Wadsworth and his team will be showcasing their research on optical fibres at the UK’s most prestigious annual science exhibition.

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. The week-long festival is taking place from 4 to 10 July 2016. Each year over 10,000 members of the public and 2,500 school students visit the exhibition.

The selection of exhibits for this exhibition is highly competitive with only one in four being chosen to showcase their research. This is a fantastic opportunity to put our research in the scientific spotlight.

Fei Yu helped develop the new hollow-core optical fiber.The work of William and his colleagues focuses on hollow-core optical fibres, a new class of fibres that use internal glass structures to trap light inside hollow cores. These thin flexible glass fibres are used to channel laser light to where it is needed. The new optical fibres are already being tested by industrial users for transporting high power pulsed laser beams for cutting applications.

William said: “We are really looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our research to a wide audience.”

Professor David Bird, Dean of the Faculty of Science, said: “William and his colleagues in the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials are already doing a great job in public engagement and outreach with their spectroscope demonstrations, and the Royal Society Summer Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to broaden further the impact of their research.”

Find out more about the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials.