French Photonics Park Dedicated to Optical Fibers

The Photonics Innovation Hub in the new Photonics Park dedicated to optical fibers and their applications. (Source: Ph. Bretagne)

Photonics Bretagne, recognized as a Photonics Innovation Hub, has initiated last year the creation of a Photonics Park in Lannion, France. This first science park dedicated to photonics located in a unique ecosystem – industry, research centers, schools –, aims at fostering technology transfer to local companies and creating start-ups and promotes photonics business growth, already quite high (>15 %/year) in the region.

Through this project, our Research and Technology Organization (RTO) will grow significantly and enable Photonics Bretagne to strengthen and broaden its technical offerings in most of the photonics areas, to both regional players and international customers.

The project funds new facilities, integrating a new drawing tower, a phase vapor deposition system dedicated to the fabrication of innovative active fibers cores for lasers and other related equipment with a commissioning in the second quarter of 2017. The project total budget is over 5 M€ over the 2016 – 2020 period.

With this new equipment, the RTO will improve the fiber drawing fabrication and develop next generation optical fibers to be integrated in more complex components or systems, such as fiber lasers or sensors for a brand range different applications.

As part of collaborative technological projects, Photonics Bretagne has already begun the development of new specialty optical fibers (broadband hollow core, active LMA, multicore and few-mode fibers) with companies of the local ecosystem.

This new Photonics Park is a major project for Lannion and more generally for a Brittany region traditionally anchored in the Photonics industry with well-known world leaders in the field like Keopsys, Ixblue, Yenista, Quantel, Oxxius, Idil, Ekinops, a large offer of photonics degrees from dedicated BSc to doctorate, and well-known CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) research centers.

Photonics Park is funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the French state, the Brittany regional council, the Cotes d’Armor department and Lannion-Trégor Communauté.

Moreover, Photonics Bretagne takes part of European projects as Stephanie or Eprise with the aim to assist SMEs in their business development and promote the leverage effect of Photonics to end-users and policy makers. (Photonics Bretagne)

Link: Photonics Bretagne, Lannion, France

Further reading: Empowering Photonics in Europe, photonicsviews.com, 1st March 2017

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