LightHouse plans to develop a programme of commercialisation to help pinpoint the needs of industrial applications and to develop ways to meet those needs through research. The aims of the commercialisation activity will be:
- To further progress the ethos of industrial collaboration and knowledge transfer in photonics at NUI Galway, both regionally and nationally.
- To create a high quality national resource for industry and academia in photonics based fabrication of micro- and nano- scale components and structures.
- To establish sustainable research partnerships with other complementary academic and industrial research performers.
This strand will seek to conduct research related to technologies that, although pre-competitive, have already entered the mainstream of scientific and technology research.
This research strand will seek to identify ‘blue sky’ research programmes within the Applied Photonics field where the timeframe for technology readiness is perhaps greater than 5 years. It is expected that the research capability and fundamental understanding developed in the other strands will support and drive lightHOUSE as a foundry for future technologies in photonics.
Creation of an industrial hub for photonics research and training
The interaction and engagement of industry and the community in general with lightHOUSE will be facilitated by this strand of the research strategy. Plans include the expansion of the existing schedule of workshops, conferences, outreach school programmes, and training modules in lasers and applied optics via the lightFORUM initiative. The lightHOUSE strategy is strongly informed by the emerging initiatives in the international Photonics community, such as the Photonics21 Technology Platform and EU Framework 7 Nanotechnology, Materials, and Production programme, in which lightHOUSE members are heavily involved.
Development of a centre for graduate education in photonics
In collaboration with other partners it is proposed to put in place the infrastructure for delivering high quality PhD programmes in optics and laser based fabrication. In addition to equipment, the infrastructure will include advanced course in optical design, laser material interactions, computational sciences, etc. The courses in Photonics and Nanoscience will further strengthen these areas within the University curriculum. This strand will also incorporate the area of graduate scientific and workplace skills training which is seen as key to ensuring that post-graduates fulfil their potential and be of optimal benefit to the scientific and research community.