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20th Anniversary of the Institute of Photonics
20th Anniversary of the Institute of Photonics

Date:  Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Location: Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, George Street, Glasgow  G1 1RD

Contact: Sharon Kelly or Lorraine Annand – e-mail: iop@strath.ac.uk

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As on the 16th December 2014, 5 of the 12 most downloaded articles
"As on the 16th December 2014, 5 of the 12 most downloaded articles from the journal IEEE Photonics Technology Letters were from the Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications project, of which Prof. Martin Dawson from the Institute of Photonics is the Principal Investigator."
IOP leading on Strathclyde’s involvement in three of the four recently announced EPSRC Quantum Technology Hubs
Professors Martin Dawson and Alan Kemp present at the Royal Academy of Engineering annual Research Forum. Professor Dawson gives an overview of the role of the Fraunhofer, Europe's largest application-oriented research organization and the role that the Glasgow-based Fraunhofer UK is playing . Under the aegis of Fraunhofer UK, The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (Fraunhofer CAP) has been successful in being awarded multiple competitively-won projects, the total value of which now exceeds the initial start-up investment since the launching of Fraunhofer CAP two years ago. Professor Kemp, having recently been awarded a Fraunhofer UK / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Laser Engineering, discusses his research covering diode-pumped Ti:sapphire lasers and the use of synthetic diamond in state-of-the-art solid state lasers.
"As on the 16th December 2014, 5 of the 12 most downloaded articles from the journal IEEE Photonics Technology Letters were from the Ultra-Parallel Visible Light Communications project, of which Prof. Martin Dawson from the Institute of Photonics is the Principal Investigator."
An SU2P ICT Workshop titled "Li-Fi and Wi-Fi - a discussion" was held at the University of Strathclyde on the 1st of December 2014, attracting 90 registered attendees. There were keynote speeches from Prof. Harald Haas of the University of Edinburgh/PureLiFi Limited and Dr. James Irvine of the University of Strathclyde. There was also a panel discussion chaired by Ken MacDonald, Science Correspondent from BBC Scotland.
The Institute of Photonics’ continued excellence in use-inspired research is marked by it leading on Strathclyde’s involvement in three of the four recently announced EPSRC Quantum Technology Hubs, starting from 1stDecember 2014. The four Hubs are consortia funded for a 5-year initial period in a scheme totalling £120 M, and involve 17 UK universities and over 130 companies in all. They have a common remit to translate advanced quantum technologies from the laboratory to practical deployment: a situation enabled by a recent convergence of the scientific appreciation of opportunities with the technologies needed for practical implementation in robust hardware. 

 

Two Hubs utilise the Institute’s advanced semiconductor microfabrication capabilities under the leadership of Prof Martin Dawson, with Drs Ian Watson, Erdan Gu and Michael Strain as Co-Investigators.

The Institute’s micro-pixel light-emitting diode (micro-LED) technology, based on semiconductors from the gallium nitride family, is a key contribution to the Quantum Enhanced Imaging (QEI) Hub led by Glasgow University.  This Hub will develop camera, microscopy and sensor systems with unprecedented capabilities. Advanced micro-LED arrays, capable of generating ultra-short output pulses, will be developed as sources for application in programmable pattern illumination, photon ranging, and imaging in scattering media.

The contribution to the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub, co-ordinated by Oxford University, is centred on the microfabrication of optical structures in diamond. The diamond materials will contain engineered atomic-scale centres acting as quantum information bits, enabling applications including secure communications and verification.

The third Hub involving the Institute is led by Birmingham University on Quantum Sensors and Metrology. This Hub will develop compact and robust devices deployable outside the laboratory, and will enable the use of powerful quantum measurement techniques in areas such as navigation, medicine, and surveying. Dr Jennifer Hastie leads a work package on the high-performance lasers that underpin many quantum technologies, supported by her Institute colleague Prof Alan Kemp. Prof Erling Riis, Dr Aidan Arnold and Dr Paul Griffin of the Department of Physics’ Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics Group contribute to the project in a separate capacity in the field of atom optics.

 
Professors Martin Dawson and Alan Kemp present at The Royal Academy of Engineering annual Research Forum
Their presentations can be found here under the presentation “Research Forum Session 3: http://raeng.tv/default.aspx?item=118Professors Martin Dawson and Alan Kemp present at the Royal Academy of Engineering annual Research Forum. Professor Dawson gives an overview of the role of the Fraunhofer, Europe's largest application-oriented research organization and the role that the Glasgow-based Fraunhofer UK is playing . Under the aegis of Fraunhofer UK, The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (Fraunhofer CAP) has been successful in being awarded multiple competitively-won projects, the total value of which now exceeds the initial start-up investment since the launching of Fraunhofer CAP two years ago. Professor Kemp, having recently been awarded a Fraunhofer UK / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Laser Engineering, discusses his research covering diode-pumped Ti:sapphire lasers and the use of synthetic diamond in state-of-the-art solid state lasers.

 

 

Dr. Michael Strain has a paper he co-authored in Optics and Photonics News
Dr. Michael Strain has a paper he co-authored in Optics and Photonics News - paper
Dr Deborah Gunning has a paper feature in Journal of Neural Engineering as a highlight of 2013
Dr Deborah Gunning has a paper feature in Journal of Neural Engineering as a highlight of 2013 -info
PhD students (Shuailong Zhang) was awarded ‘the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese students Study Abroad’
Shuailong Zhang was awarded ‘2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad’ and he went to join the ceremony in the Chinese embassy in London on Monday morning, 28th April 2014. The Chinese ambassador Dr Xiaoming Liu held the ceremony in Chinese embassy and presented the award to Shuailong and other recipients. This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies are considered by the award selection panel. There are 28 Chinese students who have been awarded this year all over the UK and only two of them are from Scotland.

20th Anniversary of the Institute of Photonics

Date:  Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Location: Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, George Street, Glasgow  G1 1RD

Contact: Sharon Kelly or Lorraine Annand – e-mail: iop@strath.ac.uk

Registering: Eventbright click to register

Flyer: More information here