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FinnLight – Finnish Research Infrastructure on Light-Based Technologies

FinnLight provides a comprehensive combination of technologies covering all classes of photonics materials as well as full-scale process lines for device fabrication and assembly.

FinnLight is a consortium between Tampere University, VTT and University of Eastern Finland offering unique expertise and infrastructure services for research, development, and innovation in Photonics. The infrastructure and services cover the whole innovation value chain from the development of materials and structures with specific optics properties, to the fabrication of fully functional photonic devices and components, and up to systems integration and instruments. Examples of application fields include industrial process control, pharmaceutical analysis, health care, environmental monitoring, safety, and security.

Researchers, commercial users and companies can benefit from FinnLight research and technology development capabilities within the framework of collaboration projects or through direct contracting. FinnLight offers services performed by dedicated and competent staff, open-access to the instrumentation, tailored researcher training, scientific consultation, or equipment rental. FinnLight partners have a long history of photonics research with complementary skills ranging from the design and fabrication of nanomaterials and optical components to the development of advanced light sources with tailored properties, up to system integration, instrumentation and transfer of scientific results towards commercialization.

The FinnLight platform is accessible to external users from academic institutions  and industrial actors.


FinnLight capabilities cover the full innovation chain from design and fabrication to assembly and characterization of photonic technologies. Examples of services areas include (but not limited to):

  • Optical design and free-form optics
  • Measurement and testing
  • Micro- and nanofabrication
  • Material characterization
  • Optical integration and component packaging
  • Fiber optics
  • Optical materials
  • Advanced light sources