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Technology and interconnectivity

Fibre-optics World Record is No Hollow Victory

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A whole array of game-changing, life-shaping technologies, from long-distance telecommunications to laser surgery, have a key component in common: fibre optics that carry pulses of light to their destination at incredible speed. A University of Southampton team are now focusing on the next big step forward – hollow-core fibres (HCFs) – and last year shattered a longstanding world record to push the capabilities of these to a new level. Developing HCFs and readying them for real-world use is the mission of the £6 million AirGuide Photonics programme, led by Southampton and involving a high-powered consortium of industrial and academic partners,...
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SES universities receive a boost to tackle major research and societal challenges

By | Advanced materials, Bioscience and medicine, Cities and supporting life, Energy and climate change, Innovation and infrastructure, Just Added, Technology and interconnectivity, The Data Revolution | No Comments
75 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK are set to receive over £800 million in support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and industry partners; part of an increased research and development investment to boost the UK economy and deliver scientific excellence. 24 CDTs led by SES universities will soon benefit from UKRI’s funding of £446 million across 75 centres that will develop skills, bring innovation, and build better lives for UK citizens. The investment has been furthered by £386 million (committed through either cash or in-kind support) from 1,400 Industry partners.  In total, over 1/3 of the...
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A Laser Focus on Diamond’s Dual Nature

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An iconic material, diamond combines huge aesthetic value with enormous practical worth – and both facets of its character are benefitting from pioneering laser science at the University of Oxford. Led by Professor Martin Booth, the Dynamic Optics and Photonics Group has achieved a breakthrough that’s now being harnessed to help tackle gemstone counterfeiting and could play a pivotal role in next-generation supercomputing. From writing tamper-proof serial numbers inside diamonds to creating defects in diamond that can then store data in quantum computers, this breakthrough has opened up remarkable possibilities in laser fabrication and its application to this most remarkable...
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Clear Signals for a Bright 5G Future

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Are you all set for 5G? It’s the next leap forward in wireless broadband technology – and it’s on its way right now, promising super-speedy, ultra-reliable connectivity for the smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that help us live our lives. But if 5G is to fully realise its massive potential, some important challenges still need to be tackled. That’s the starting-point for SENSE, a cutting-edge collaboration involving researchers at SES members King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London, working with the University of Bristol and some of the biggest names in technology. Focusing on the vital issue...
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When Cars Get Smart

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Keep a steady speed. Anticipate what’s ahead. Where possible, coast to slow down. When accelerating, do it gently. Driving tips like these don’t just reduce your fuel usage and save you money – they also cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change. It’s win-win. But is boosting fuel efficiency on our roads simply a question of us becoming more ‘savvy’ when we’re behind the wheel, or do cars need to get smarter too? In fact, both have a big role to play. That’s the starting point for G-Active, a collaboration between SES members the University of Southampton and Imperial...
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Boosting Blood Flow

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How Machine Learning is helping researchers develop medical implants We talk to Dr. Peter Vincent about the various applications of computational fluid dynamics and machine learning in medicine and treatment – from Diabetes to Cardiovascular Disease. Visit The Times website for the article mentioned in this video: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/implant-may-offer-kidney-patients-easier-dialysis-jbk6cg0tq  

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Computing’s Key to Vital Gains in Brain Research

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Often cited as the most complex structure in the Universe, the human brain is only just beginning to surrender some of its best-kept, deepest-held secrets. SES members the University of Oxford and University College London (UCL) are making a major contribution to this breakthrough era in brain research – developing and deploying cutting-edge modelling & simulation, medical imaging and image computing, as well as other computer-based tools, to help reveal how and why injury and illness can compromise the brain’s ability to function. These new insights aren’t just of academic interest; they also offer huge potential to underpin much-needed advances...
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Meeting the Needs of a Wireless World

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It’s hard to deny how much we depend on wireless communications – and one pace-setting spinout company is helping to make it possible through patented technology developed at UCL and Cambridge University. From schools, hospitals, airports and shopping malls, to sports stadia, music arenas, power stations and corporate HQs, Zinwave delivers unique optical-fibre solutions that allow high-quality wireless coverage to reach every part of a building or complex – however big it is, however tall it is and however far it extends underground. Zinwave’s success demonstrates not just how collaboration between academic institutions can lead to remarkable technical breakthroughs, but...
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Computer Code Solves a Quantum Mechanical Problem

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Focusing on the strange and surprising quantum world, a unique computer code that can model systems comprising thousands of atoms is driving fresh discoveries in areas as diverse as new materials, clean energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Called ONETEP (Order-N Electronic Total Energy Package), the code plugs the critical gap between what can be achieved by state-of-the-art experiments and by conventional quantum-level computer modelling & simulation of just a few hundred atoms at a time. This is a classic story of how multi-institution, multidisciplinary co-operation – in this case including SES members Cambridge and Southampton Universities and Imperial College London – can...
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What is CFD with Dr. Peter Vincent

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We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab (www.imperial.ac.uk/aeronautics/research/vincentlab/). Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses here the impacts of CFD research, from medical applications to renewable energy and Aeronautical Engineering. To find out more about his research, read the case study. Stay tuned for Part two, and don’t forget to subscribe.

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