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Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors


General Inquiries


T: +44 (0) 1223 748361



Electrical Engineering Reception

T: +44 (0) 1223 748300

F: +44 (0) 1223 748348





Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors,
Electrical Engineering Division, 
Department of Engineering, 
University of Cambridge, 
9 JJ Thomson Avenue, 
CB3 0FA, 
United Kingdom


By car:

•  Driving north on the M11 from London/Stansted, leave the M11 at Junction 13, and turn right along Madingley Road (A1303) towards Cambridge.

•  If travelling by car from the north towards Cambridge, drive south on the A14 and continue going south onto the M11. Because it is not possible to leave the M11 at Junction 13 when travelling south, you should continue along the M11 to junction 12 (Cambridge, Wimpole and Barton), and double back to Junction 13, by negotiating the two roundabouts to re-join the motorway going north so that you can take the exit off the M11 towards Cambridge at Junction 13 as above.

•  Take the second turning on the right (JJ Thomson Avenue – signed to the Cavendish Lab).

•  Take the first left, between the Whittle Building and the William Gates Building.

•  Follow the road around to the Electrical Engineering/CAPE building (marked as Building 3 on the map above) which is on the left after the Microsoft building. The Reception Desk is at the front on the Building, just inside the main entrance.

•  There is a small visitors’ car park at the front of the Electrical Engineering building next to the fountain. Alternatively, if this is full, you may use the larger staff car park at the rear. To get through the barrier leading to the rear car park either call in at our Reception Desk first or press the button at the barrier to ask our Receptionist to open the barrier for you.


By train:

If you are arriving by train, it takes about 20 minutes by taxi to reach the Electrical Engineering / CAPE Building from Cambridge Station.



Introduction to CPDS

Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors (CPDS) is in the Photonics area of the Electrical Engineering Division, with a research focus embracing photonic and sensing devices, functional materials and their integration at system level.

We aim to address future societal needs with new system functionalities through invention of novel device architectures based on in-depth understanding of basic material properties.

There is a wide range of activities within the group, including phase-only holography and its applications, high brightness multi-stable colour reflective displays, tuneable dielectric materials and devices for radio frequencies, liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) device development, and novel sensors.

As well as conducting highly focused studies, we also specialise in the development of demonstrators for business exploitation and commercialisation. This is facilitated by multi-disciplinary expertise within the group and by our highly experienced team approach. Some of the outcomes from the group have been successfully transferred to our industrial collaborators for production.