Vector Photonics is a University of Glasgow spin out founded in 2020 to develop a new generation of semiconductor lasers. Known as a PCSEL (photonic crystal surface emitting laser), the design uses a photonic crystal with a series of reflectors to control and confine the laser. This results in dramatically improved performance including faster switching speeds, longer wavelengths (>1000 nanometre) and higher output power.

The funding will support the commercialisation of unique semiconductor laser technology.

WAE Value Add

WAE Value Add

The investment will be used to fabricate a PCSEL that emits at a 1310 nanometre wavelength. This matches the specifications set by customers and passes the necessary testing and accreditation.

Vector Photonics is initially targeting the $5.7bn optical transceiver market. WAE has significant experience and extensive commercial relationships in markets beyond optical receivers and will be well placed to make introductions.

Related Case Studies

plus icon


Novosound’s patented innovation represents a turning point for ultrasound sensor technology.

plus icon


Mixergy is set to revolutionise the global hot water tank market and reduce the cost of energy for consumers.