Who we are
Photonics 42 is located in the vibrant city of Milan, within reach of several research centres, Universities and high-tech industries operating in the field of Photonics; founded in 2020, the team is made of seasoned experts as well as young and motivated engineers.
We aim to help customers and partners in harnessing the advantages of photonic technologies by providing access to a unique mix of skills, competence and knowledge in integrated photonics, microwave photonics, as well as photonic packaging, mechanical design and testing capabilities. Strengthen by their industrial careers, the team operates following an industrial approach with also a strong academic background with tens of publications, patents, and collaboration in many European projects (FP7 and H2020).
Ph42’s mission is to support customers and partners, both industrial and academic, in the development of prototypes, pre-series and new products for telecom, datacom, medical and high-end markets like military, space and aerospace.
Our service portfolio includes:
- Design and engineering of photonic and microwave photonic circuits, components, and devices
- Assembly and packaging of devices based on Silicon Nitride, Silicon on Insulator, Indium Phosphide and Hybrid technologies
- Testing service and solutions for wafer-level testing of Photonic Integrated Circuits
“The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42”
The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”, calculated by an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years. The book was first published in UK in 1981.
Mario Montevecchi is co-founder and CEO of Photonic 42. Mario has obtained the degree in Economics and Business from University “Luigi Bocconi”, Milan, in 1992. As a private entrepreneur, Mario has developed particular skills in accounting and tax management, for both individuals and companies, in tax litigation and in the management of the business crisis, also carrying out since 1994 the activity of liquidator of companies, bankruptcy trustee and judicial commissioner on behalf of the Milan Court. He still holds the office of director, liquidator and member of the board of statutory auditors in several companies.
Antonello Vannucci is co-founder and CTO of Photonics 42. Antonello obtained a M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, in 1985. From 2011 to 2020 at Cordon Electronics Italia, he took the responsibility of the R&D and Engineering Team in the development of Photonics and Microwave Photonics components and modules. In Cordon he participated in ten (10) European founded projects (FP7 and H2020 programs) as partner for the integration and packaging of photonic modules. From 2000 to 2003 he was in Corning Optical Technologies (Milan–Italy) as Product Development manager. From 1986 to 2000, he was in the R&D Microelectronic and Integrated Optics Lab at Selex Integrated Systems (Rome) and was involved in the development of integrated optic technologies, devices and integrated modules based on LiNbO3 technology for Radar Systems and Sensing applications. He has published fifty papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings and four patents.