The Novel Glass Group, led by Professor Dan Hewak, is part of the ORC's Fibre Fabrication Area and plays a central role in a broad spectrum of ORC activities. Our mission is to explore the application of new types of glass in any area of optoelectronics, the more unusual the better! It is a large and active group, consisting of Research Fellows, PhD students and Technical Support. We regularly interact with industry and collaborators internationally and are closely involved with several University spin out companies, in particular ChG Southampton Ltd and Ilika Technologies Ltd.
Our facilities include a wide range of specialized glass making and fibre drawing equipment, along with shared clean rooms for thin film deposition. Thermal, optical, electrical and mechanical characterization equipment are within the group and within the University we have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art analytical equipment.
The diversity of this equipment allows the group to rapidly redirect its research activities and respond instantly to emerging technologies. We continue to expand and in 2008 will be moving into new dedicated office and laboratory space.
Much of our work is focused on the chalcogenide glasses.