Local company’s donation to expand Aston’s industrial photonics laboratory

Photonics laser

Aston academic Dr David Benton has received equipment worth £25,000 from L-3 TRL Technology, a company based in Tewkesbury. The optical laboratory equipment was gifted to Aston University to support the industrial laboratory in Aston's Institute of Photonic Technologies. 

The electro-optic components and electronic data acquisition equipment will be used to help local businesses with the development of free space optical systems and should also contribute to developing concepts at the interface between radio frequency and optical technologies.The newly formed relationship between Aston and L-3 TRL Technology will allow the company to tap into the range of engineering and research expertise that can be found at Aston.

Dr Paul Brittan from L-3 TRL said: “We are keen to establish a lasting relationship with Aston and explore both funded and collaborative research initiatives.”  

Aston also hopes to aid L-3 TRL Technology with recruitment of graduates, particularly in Electrical Engineering for which there is a national shortage.

Dr Benton, who previously worked at the company as Chief Scientist, moved to Aston University in February 2014 with the aim of using his industrial experience to develop and strengthen relationships with local businesses that can benefit from photonics expertise.

Dr Benton said of the donation: “I am delighted with this generous donation and I hope to collaborate with L-3 TRL Technology on future projects. I look forward to seeing what can be achieved with the new equipment in collaboration with local businesses. “

I look forward to seeing what can be achieved with the new equipment in collaboration with local businesses.

AIPT is one of the leading academic groups carrying out photonics research in the UK. The group has over 60 researchers, and further expansion will continue into the next few years, with laboratories being upgraded, allowing for research areas to be extended.

L-3 TRL specialises in the design, development, manufacture, and delivery of Electronic Warfare and Network Security solutions to defence agencies and government worldwide.  Over the past 30 years, the company has specialised in Electronic Countermeasures (ECM), Situation Awareness (SA), Electronic Surveillance Measurements (ESM), satellite intercept, and sophisticated IP encryption devices for Government Grade Network Security.

If your business could benefit from the photonics expertise available at Aston University, please contact John Richards, Head of Business Development, on 0121 204 4254 or at j.e.richards@aston.ac.uk.