Pilot Photonics has announced additional investments into the company of more than €700k with the seed round closing in July 2019. The investment was led by new CEO William Oppermann and supported by a group of Angel Investors as well as early Pilot investor, the AIB Seed Capital Fund, managed by Dublin Business Innovation Centre (DBIC).
The investment comes on the back of a number of significant wins for the company including a new €600k contract with the European Space Agency, and a €2.3m project as part of the Irish Government’s Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF), which the company leads along with partners Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin.
Pilot has developed a type of laser known as an optical comb laser, using state of the art semiconductor processing known as photonic integration. The technology can be used across a whole spectrum of applications, including optical telecommunications environmental monitoring, and self-driving cars.
Pilot Photonics offers unique optical comb source and photonic integrated circuit solutions developed as part of a platform technology applicable to many markets including communications, spectroscopy, sensing and metrology. Our products’ form-factors range from bare chips to fully integrated opto-electronic modules.
Pilot Photonics has developed the world’s smallest and most versatile optical comb source. Based on Photonic Integration, these devices measure just a few millimeters in length, but they offer significant benefits over conventional lasers
Our technology offers disruptive value propositions for many industries including communications, space, and oil & gas.
Pilot Photonics has been chosen for the Irish government’s Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). Our proposal, Irish Lasers for the Internet of the Future (iLife), will focus Pilot’s comb laser technology on the capacity crunch problem of data demands beyond the limits of standard optical fibre networks.
Our photonic integration expertise enables us to design PICs to for a wide range of applications.
The patented gain switching technique creates a flexible comb of coherent wavelengths.
The ability to select individual comb lines is critical for communications, and frequency metrology.
Pilot Photonics produces innovative comb based products in a number of form-factors from bare chips up to fully integrated opto-electronic modules.
Our optical frequency comb source offers excellent stability, low optical linewidth and tuneable wavelength spacing at a wide range of central wavelengths.
Pilot's integrated lasers, and laser combs are tackling problems in the optical access (NG-PON2) and optical transport (1T) markets.
Pilot's innovative dual-comb PICs can be applied to gas spectroscopy, and as fiber optic sensor interrogators for structural health, and down-well monitoring.
Pilot's comb sources are currently being applied to many diverse space applications from light sources for atomic clocks, to sensor interrogators for satellite monitoring.