Welcome to the Nanophotonics Group of the University of St Andrews

The Nanophotonics Group is developing new means for energy efficient data communications. The platform for our work are Photonic Crystals, which provide the ultimate confinement of light in both space and time. This dramatically reduces device capacitance, giving orders of magnitude reductions in power consumption relative to the state of the art.

The Vision: Optical enabled computer chips

We are developing a radically new framework for optical communications that provides the ultimate power and cost savings. This will revolutionise data communications ranging from broadband internet access (fibre to the home) to data centres to high performance computers, and all the way to desktop personal computers.