The University of Southampton

Transforming research into answers to real world problems produces business opportunities, enhances quality of life, creates jobs, boosts the economy and helps make our world safer and more rewarding.

The 2021 Research Excellent Framework shows that our research is at the cutting-edge of knowledge, working on solutions to some of today's toughest challenges, with 100 per cent of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society.

Explore these examples of how it is making an impact on our lives.

5D memory – the Superman memory crystal

The concept behind this research is the bulk storing of data optically in quartz glass, which is renowned for its high chemical and thermal stability and resistance.

Commercialisation of crystal laser technologies

Our fundamental research is having a widespread impact on laser, defence and display industries through development of wavelength conversion crystals that can transform the colour of laser light.

Ytterbium-doped fibre amplifier

Southampton research pioneering high-power ytterbium-doped silica fibre lasers and amplifiers has enabled new high-energy manufacturing processes with a controlled carbon footprint.

Photonic Crystal LEDs

Research at Southampton has led to energy efficient, long-lasting, super bright LED lights that are used in digital displays, traffic signs, household appliances and automobile products around the world.

Discovering the most distant supernova

An international team of astronomers led by the University of Southampton has discovered the most distant cosmic explosion ever detected – a supernova that took place over 10 billion years ago.

Informing and inspiring through science

Physics and Astronomy researchers at Southampton are bringing science to life through innovative demonstrations and workshops for school children, teachers and the wider public.