Research is supported across a full-range of applied photonics. An approximate list of current active research areas is shown below. The contact details for each of the 'lead' Academics can be accessed through our Contacts page. Additional Academics are involved in current and prospective projects, as well as the management of the programme, and we welcome new colleagues to participate in the programme.
Nonlinear optics; photonic integration; quantum sensors; semiconductor lasers, amplifiers and LEDs; nanophotonics
Optical angular momentum of light; optical tweezers; fractal light; Bose-Einstein condensates; optical gas monitoring; biophotonics; medical light sources; imaging and spectroscopy.
Core Optics and Photonics
Industrial laser systems; laser-based manufacturing; optical sensing and metrology; fibre-optic beam delivery; optical interconnects; optical communication; micro-optics; nano-scale physics; light-matter interactions; optical materials; quantum information and single-photon systems; ultrafast and non-linear photonics; diffractive optics; adaptive optics; bio-medical imaging; microscopy; computational imaging; range-gating and 3D imaging.
PROFESSOR DUNCAN HAND
DR BILL MACPHERSON
Image and Signal Processing
Computational imaging; 3D imaging; time-gating, surveillance techniques; video analytics; medical image processing and communications.
PROFESSOR YVAN PETILLOT
Optical MEMS; lab-on-a-chip; metamaterials; optoelectronic packaging; integration of microsystems with optical systems; laser-assisted bonding and optical micro-fabrication.
PROFESSOR MARC DESMULLIEZ
Analysis, simulation and manipulation for photonics-based technologies; instrumentation for manufacturing, metrology and communications; design, packaging and manufacture of photonics technologies including photonic manufacturing techniques, such as rapid prototyping and reverse engineering.
PROFESSOR JIM RITCHIE
DR THEO LIM
Ultrafast lasers; non-linear optics; all-solid-state lasers; applied spectroscopy; photonic band-gap materials; optical tweezing; negative refraction; optical and quantum information; terahertz and millimetre-wave devices and spectroscopy; biophotonics and polymer optoelectronics.
Dr GRAHAM TURBULL
DR TOM BROWN
Computationalnon-linear optics; light-matter interactions; solitons; atom optics; Bose-Einstein condensates; VECSELs; nonlinear dynamics in lasers; optical manipulation; quantum cascade lasers; molecular spectroscopy and photonic-crystal-fibre lasers.
PROFESSOR ERLING RIIS
DR PAWEL NIEWCZAS
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Fibre optic components, waveguide devices and tuneable fibre lasers for optical communications systems, optical sensors and optical instrumentation, optical gas sensors using tuneable diode laser spectroscopy and photonics networks for aerospace applications
Tuneable diode laser spectroscopy for gas measurements in industrial processes; high-power fibre sources including rare-earth fibre and fibre-Raman systems; long-range remote gas sensing using high power fibre-laser systems; parametric difference-frequency generation for mid IR sources for gas sensing, fuel cell gas diagnostics; gas turbine (aerospace and industrial) engine diagnostics; MEMS, sensing and instrumentation systems for energy applications; long haul and metropolitan optical networks; devices and sub-systems for long haul and metropolitan optical networks; optical networks for on-board civil and military aircraft communications systems.
PROFESSOR WALTER JOHNSTONE
DR GORDON FLOCKHART
Laser tweezers; multiphoton microscopy; confocal microscopy; biophotonics, micro-optics; adaptive optics for laser systems; mid-IR lasers; solid-state lasers; trace-chemical detection; quantum well structures; AlInN-based heterostructures; selective area growth; III-nitride materials; surface-emitting lasers; optical pumping and micro-structured devices.
Dr ALAN KEMP