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"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. 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.



Their presentations can be found here under the presentation “Research Forum Session 3:

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.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the appointment of Professor Alan Kemp as the first Fraunhofer UK/RAEng research chair at the University of Strathclyde.

Professor Kemp's work will contribute to keeping the UK at the forefront of the global race for innovation in photonics, a technology related to the transmission and manipulation of light such as lasers and fibre optic cables. Photonics is a sector currently worth an annual £10bn in the UK and £250bn globally.

Read more here

Professor Dawson, alongside University of Strathclyde colleague Prof. Graham Wren, recently appeared before the House of Commons BIS Select Committee to discuss Fraunhofer in the UK:

 Institute Work Features in Photonics Spectra Magazine Cover Story

Work on semiconductor disk lasers and their frequency conversion, led by Jennifer Hastie and her team, featured in the January edition of Photonics Spectra in an article on the trends in lasers for 2014. (Photonics Spectra, January 2014, pp.38-44)



The Institute of Photonics is pleased to announce that it will be a partner in 3 EPSRC-funded centres for doctoral training (CDTs). 

These centres are:

Medical Devices and Health Technologies (led by the Department of Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde)
Building on an existing CDT of recognised excellence, the centre will provide a comprehensive introduction to medicine, the life sciences and medical engineering that allows the graduate students to pursue state-of-the-art research projects. Expert knowledge-transfer provided to the CDT via Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices ensures that projects can deliver new medical devices and technologies to the clinical environment.

Diamond Science and Technology (led by the University of Warwick)
This centre brings together leading researchers in diamond science from Warwick, Strathclyde, Bristol, Imperial, Aberystwyth, Oxford, Cardiff and Newcastle. The bid was supported by 19 companies and international research centres. This team will deliver innovative and interdisciplinary training and research to help exploit the unrivalled properties of diamond.

Applied Photonics (led by Heriot Watt University)
Together with industrial partners, this CDT provides commercially-focused Engineering Doctorate training across an expansive range of technologies in optics and photonics. It is a collaboration between Heriot-Watt, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities.

ESPRC Announcement on CDT:
Strathclyde News Release:

Congratulations to Elisabeth Fraczek on winning the Images of Research 2013. 
Interview here
Recent results from the UPVLC project have been highlighted in a recent BBC news article

EPSRC video highlighting pioneering laser research at the Instuite of Photonics (video) also press release

Congratulations to Anne-Marie Haughey for being awarded the Margaret KB Day Scholarship (more info)

Nature Communication paper and press release on "Cortical responses elicited by photovoltaic subretinal prostheses exhibit similarities to visually evoked potentials", co-authored by Dr Keith Mathieson, Institute of Photonics at Strathclyde University.. Press release Paper

Prof Martin Dawson is the Program Chair at IEEE Photonics Conference 8 -12 September (more info)

Paper included in special edition of Applied Physics Letters’ “Editor’s Picks” (more info)

EPSRC podcast

In this online podcast, published by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Professors Martin Dawson, from the Institute of Photonics, and Harald Haas, from the University of Edinburgh, discuss “Li-Fi” -- the transmission of internet communications using visible light rather than radio waves. This could bring benefits by, for example, increasing the available bandwidth for data communication or allowing wireless communication in environments where conventional radio waves cannot be used, such as within hospital operating theatres.

The Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh form part of a consortium, also involving the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and St. Andrews, which will collaborate on this topic under the EPSRC-funded “Ultra-Parallel Visible-Light Communications” (UP-VLC) project.

Intelligent Lighting Centre launched by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP

On the 25th of January 2013, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, paid a visit to the University of Strathclyde as part of the city of Glasgow winning £24 million as the Technology Strategy Board’s ‘Future Cities Demonstrator’, of which the University of Strathclyde will play a key part. Whilst at the University, he also launched the Intelligent Lighting Centre, an initiative involving the Institute of Photonics and one which will form part of the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), which is due to open in 2014.

From left to right, Prof. Sir Jim McDonald (University Principal & Vice-Chancellor), Prof. Pete Skabara (Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry), Prof. Rob Martin (Department of Physics), Rt Hon David Willetts MP and Prof. Martin Dawson (Institute of Photonics).

Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations to Prof Dawson and  co-authors on the inclusion of their paper  "Flexible distributed-feedback colloidal quantum dot laser" in the special edition of Applied Physics Letters’ “Editor’s Picks”.   

This special edition highlights the most notable APL articles published in recent years, that the Editor has selected to showcase ongoing innovative research activities.

The highlighted article can be found is freely available to the community until the end of September 2013.

Well done all concerned and to our Strathclyde colleagues in the Department of Chemistry. 


Direct Innovation
The cover article on this month’s Laser Focus World magazine shows how the Institute breaks new ground on real improvements to practical laser sources. Our 2009 paper has inspired a company to further investigate direct diode pumping of Ti:Sapphire lasers, potentially reducing the cost of the pump source ten fold.  The progress in blue diode lasers over the last few years, motivated by projection markets, has opened up the possibilities first demonstrated by the Institute.  A cost reduction of this magnitude could allow much wider use of these versatile lasers.

Laser Focus World article:

Institute papers:

2009, Optics Letters:

2010, Optics Letters:

2012, Optics Express:

Masters Course

Registration is open for the postgraduate taught Masters in Photonics and Device Microfabrication.