Vector Photonics lands more than £2.4 million in equity investment

Feb. 2, 2023
The money will go towards further commercialization of the company’s all-semiconductor photonic crystal surface emitting laser (PCSEL) technology.

Vector Photonics has announced the recent receipt of more than £2.4 million ($2.94 million) of equity investment. The money will go towards further commercialization of the company’s all-semiconductor photonic crystal surface emitting laser (PCSEL) technology.

Clean Growth Fund is the major investor in the round, followed by the Foresight WAE Technology (FWT) Funds, with participation from the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S), Scottish Enterprise and Equity Gap, which led the round. Clean Growth Fund and Scottish Enterprise are new investors in Vector Photonics, while the other entities have financially supported the company previously.

Vector Photonics spun out from the University of Glasgow in 2020 with the goal of developing and commercializing PCSELs as an alternative to VCSELs and other laser types (see “Startup Vector Photonics touts potential of Photonic Crystal Surface Emitting Lasers”). PCSELs feature a 2D grating structure (the “photonic crystal”) that scatters light linearly and orthogonally. As a result, the feedback is in-plane and light emission is out of plane and emanates from the laser’s top surface, as do VCSELs. This combination is unique to PCSELs, the company asserts, and leads to advantages in data rate, wavelength, and power performance. The devices also can be produced in a manner similar to edge-emitting lasers.

PCSELs should be applicable to data center communications, the first application space Vector Photonics has targeted; this space includes what the company calls “co-located optics.” The company also is looking at metal and plastic printing, LiDAR, and optical sensing.

Vector Photonics last announced a funding round in April 2021 of £1.6 million ($1.96 million; see “Vector Photonics touts new investment, PCSEL performance”).

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