Dr Walter Lubeigt

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Dr. Walter Lubeigt
BEng, MEng, PhD, MOSA

Royal College Building
Room 2.10d
University of Strathclyde
204 George Street
G1 1XW, Glasgow, UK

email: walter.lubeigt@strath.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)141 548 5984

Walter Lubeigt is currently a John Anderson Research Lecturer (JARL 2) at the Centre for Microsystems and Photonics (CMP) within the EEE department at the University of Strathclyde.

In 2001, he obtained his Engineer Diploma in Optoelectronics (equivalent to MEng) from the Ecole Supérieure des Procédés Electroniques et Optiques (ESPEO, Université d’Orléans, France). His studies included an exchange year at the University of Dundee where he obtained a BEng in EEE in 1999.

In 2001, he joined the Institute of Photonics (IOP), University of Strathclyde, to undertake a PhD on the intra-cavity use of adaptive-optics to control and improve the output of solid-state lasers (PhD graduation in 2006). This work was funded by the Electro Magnetic Remote Sensing Defence Technology Centre.

Between 2004 and 2008, he was employed at the IOP as a Research Fellow on a DTI-funded project working on the exploitation of these adaptive optics techniques in industrial lasers in collaboration with Selex Galileo, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre and Powerlase.

Between 2008 and 2010, while still at IOP, his research primarily focused on the innovative use of synthetic diamond as a Raman medium in collaboration with Element 6 Ltd. In 2010, he demonstrated the first CW Diamond Raman laser. He was also awarded the first prize at the 2008 Scottish Enterprise/Thales laser competition with an idea related to the research project. During this time, he also developed the first MEMS-controlled diode-pumped solid-state lasers in collaboration with CMP.

In September 2010, he joined CMP as a JARL 2 where he supervises three PhD students. His research is currently funded by a mixture of industrial and UK research council (EP/K009982/1) support.

His main research interests are:

- development of user-controllable solid-state Raman lasers for medical and environmental applications in collaboration with M Squared Lasers, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre and the University of Macquarie, Australia.

- development of ultra-flexible solid-state lasers using intra-cavity MEMS micromirrors for industrial, sensing and defence applications in collaboration with Helia Photonics.

In his spare time, he plays basketball in the Scottish national league with the Falkirk Fury (2x Scottish Champions and 2x Scottish Cup Winners), and has twice has represented Scotland at the British University Games. He also completed several long distance triathlons (4x Ironman finisher).

Research Projects:

Selected publications:


  1. R. Bauer, A. Paterson, C. Clark, D. Uttamchandani, and W. Lubeigt, "Output characteristics of Q-switched solid-state lasers using intracavity MEMS micromirrors,"  Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 2014. DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2014.2345700
  2. R. Li, M. Griffith, L. Laycock, and W. Lubeigt, “Controllable Continuous-Wave Nd:YVO4 self-Raman lasers using intracavity adaptive optics,” Opt. Lett., vol. 39, no.16, pp. 4762-4765, Aug. 2014. DOI: 10.1364/OL.39.004762
  3. R. Li, R. Bauer, and W. Lubeigt, "Continuous-Wave Nd:YVO4 self-Raman lasers operating at 1109nm, 1158nm and 1231nm", Optics Express, vol. 21, no. 15, pp. 17745-17750, July 2013. DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.017745
  4. R. Bauer, W. Lubeigt, and D. Uttamchandani, "Dual Q-switched laser outputs from a single lasing medium using an intra-cavity MEMS micromirror array",Opt. Lett., vol. 37, no. 17, pp. 3567-3569, September 2012. DOI: 10.1364/OL.37.003567
  5. W. Lubeigt, V.G. Savitski, G.M. Bonner, S.L. Geoghegan, I. Friel, , J.E. Hastie, M.D. Dawson, D. Burns and A.J. Kemp, “1.6W Continuous-wave Raman Laser using Low-loss Synthetic Diamond,” Optics Express 19, pp. 6938-6944 (2011).
  6. W. Lubeigt, J. Gomes, G. Brown, A. Kelly, V. Savitski, D. Uttamchandani, and D. Burns, “Control of solid-state lasers using an intra-cavity MEMS micromirror,” Optics Express 19, pp. 2456-2465 (2011).
  7. W. Lubeigt, G.M. Bonner, J.E. Hastie, M.D. Dawson, D. Burns and A.J. Kemp, “Continuous-wave Diamond Raman Laser,” Optics Letters 35, pp. 2994-2996 (2010).
  8. N.K. Metzger, W. Lubeigt, D. Burns, M. Griffith, L. Laycock, A.A. Lagatsky, C.T.A. Brown and W. Sibbett, “Ultrashort-pulse laser with an intracavity phase shaping element,” Opt. Express 18, pp. 8123-8134 (2010).
  9. W. Lubeigt, S.P. Poland, G.J. Valentine, A.J. Wright, J.M. Girkin and D. Burns, “Search-based active optic systems for aberration correction in time-independent applications,” Applied Optics 49, pp. 307-314 (2010). This paper was selected to feature in the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics 5 (2010).
  10. W. Lubeigt, G. Valentine, and D. Burns, “Enhancement of laser performance using an intracavity deformable membrane mirror,” Opt. Express 16, pp. 10943-10955 (2008).