Optalysys appoints world renowned Silicon Photonics expert, Professor Thomas F Krauss, to their Scientific Advisory Board

YORKSHIRE, U.K. - 31 JULY, 2019 - Optalysys Ltd. (@Optalysys), a disruptive technology company developing revolutionary optical AI processors to provide supercomputing levels of processing power in datacentres and everyday devices, today announced the addition of Professor Thomas F Krauss to their Scientific Advisory Board. 

Professor Krauss is a world leading expert in silicon photonics and one of the most cited Photonics academics in the U.K.. He leads a large research group and is Strategy Champion “Technologies for the Future” at the University of York. 

The pairing of silicon photonics to the Optalysys optical processing technology will create chip-level devices with the potential to provide levels of processing that go far beyond what conventional computer processors can provide, at efficiencies that will allow it to be embedded in mobile systems such as drones and autonomous vehicles, to even battery powered hand held devices.

The appointment heralds a major new development for the company. Dr Nick New, CEO and founder of Optalysys said, “This is a truly exciting time for the company as we look to take our technology to chip level and realise the full potential that our optical approach provides.

Professor Krauss is a pioneer on the field of silicon photonics, having initiated the field of semiconductor photonic crystals and demonstrated the first waveguide-based photonic crystal structures in the world (Nature, 1996). 

Professor Krauss believes the development has the potential to have a major impact in computing: “I have always been excited about optical computing, but so far, it has not been able to compete with microelectronics. The guys at Optalysys have really cracked the problem and I am convinced that together, we can build devices that will outperform electronic computers. Optalysys’s technology offers a true paradigm-shift.” 


Optalysys develops Optical AI processors which enable levels of processing capability far beyond conventional silicon processors, delivered with vastly reduced energy consumption. The technology is based on an established diffractive optical approach that employs low-power laser light in place of electricity. This inherently parallel technology is highly scalable and has the potential to bring a new level of processing capability to datacentres and mobile devices.