CIT and Tyndall National Institute sign world deal with ProPhotonix

6 Jan 2015

Photonics technology developed by the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Tyndall National Institute will now be seen on the world stage after they signed a deal with LED and laser company ProPhotonix.

As part of the deal, the latter will have access to the Cork-based institutions’ laser module technology, which is known to have applications in the food, industrial, medical and security sectors and the new deal is expected to extend ProPhotonix’s range of laser products.

The development of laser diode technology, in particular, is seen as important for the field of science as a whole. Its compact size of just 2.5 microns per fibre allows it to be used in almost any capacity, from high-density arrays, to tight spaces or compact/handheld systems.

As a company, ProPhotonix’s LED core research centre is based in Little Island, Cork, and has been delivering laser diodes to companies including Sony and Panasonic.

Speaking of the agreement, managing director for ProPhotonix Ireland, Simon Stanley, said, “We are delighted with the success of our collaboration with Tyndall and the Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) at CIT and look forward to working together in the future to expand photonics technologies.

“The technology was developed to be ‘production ready’ and will launch this new capability at Photonics West (in San Francisco, California) from 10-12 February 2015.”

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic