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Vector Photonics set to commercialize its PCSEL semiconductor lasers

University of Glasgow spinout is also awarded £280,000 grant to develop its photonic crystal surface emiting laser technology.

Glasgow University spinout Vector Photonics, which has developed photonic crystal surface emitting semiconductor lasers (PCSEL lasers), is poised to commercialize its proprietary PCSEL technology, which has been in development since 2012.

Vector’s commercial team, comprising Neil Martin and Euan Livingston, has significant experience of the entire photonics supply chain. The company’s technical team includes the inventors of the all-semiconductor PCSEL technology: Dr. Richard Taylor, Dr. David Childs and Prof. Richard Hogg.

CEO Neil Martin commented, “PCSELs are low cost, robust, have a broad wavelength range and high power. This combination gives them a huge advantage over most of the laser technologies used.

This includes vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), which are robust, but compromise wavelength range and power, and edge emitting lasers (EELs), which have broad wavelength range, but are expensive to make and are fragile to handle.

Like VCSELs, PCSELs emit light from their top surface, making them easy to package and incorporate into PCBs and electronic assemblies. They are also produced in a similar way to EELs, allowing us to draw on existing supply chain expertise and capacity as we grow.”

Vector’s initial focus is hyperscale datacenter applications. However, PCSEL technology also brings critical, new functionality to LiDAR, mobile consumer, biometric and sensing markets, added Martin.

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