Professor Allister Ferguson

Emeritus Professor


Personal statement

Professor Allister Ferguson FRSE, is the Professor of Photonics in the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde. He founded the Institute of Photonics and has led discussions on the formation of the Technology and Innovation Centre and the establishment of the relationship between Fraunhofer and the university. He is a former Deputy Principal giving him responsibility for the university research and knowledge exchange portfolio.


He was the principal investigator on a RCUK Science Bridges project that brought together four Scottish universities (Heriot Watt, Glasgow, St.Andrews and Strathclyde) with two Californian universities (Stanford and Caltech) under the banner of SU2P. The SU2P collaboration continues funded by the university and industry partners and seeks to extract economic impact of the joint research based through knowledge exchange. He chairs the SU2P Executive Committee.


He has worked with NPL since the early 1980s. He was the recipient of the first NPL Metrology Award in 1983.


He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  


His present role is as Senior Adviser to the Principal


Two-photon absorption properties of crystalline knbo3 at 430 nm and efficient high pulse energy blue second-harmonic generation
Major A, Hutchings D, Langford N, Ferguson AI, Aitchison JS, Smith PWE,
Laser Physics Letters Vol 6, pp. 450-453 (2009)
Novel GaIn medium design for short-wavelength vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser
Ferguson AI, McGinily SJ, Abram RH, Gardner KS, Riis E, Roberts JS
IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics Vol 43, pp. 445-450 (2007)
Efficient coupling of several broad area laser diodes into an optical fiber
McGinily Stephen J, Abram Richard H, Riis Erling, Ferguson Allister I
Review of Scientific Instruments Vol 77, pp. 116101 (2006)
Operation of an optical in-well-pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser
Zhang Wei, Ackemann Thorsten, McGinily Stephen, Schmid Marc, Riis Erling, Ferguson Allister I
Applied Optics Vol 45, pp. 7729-7735 (2006)
Femtosecond synchronously mode-locked vertical-external cavity surface-emitting laser
Zhang Wei, Ackemann T, Schmid Marc, Langford Nigel, Ferguson Allister
Optics Express Vol 14, pp. 1810-1821 (2006)
Efficient Raman shifting of high-energy picosecond pulses into the eye-safe 1.5-µm spectral region by use of a KGd(WO4)_2 crystal
Major Arkady, Aitchison JS, Smith Peter WE, Langford Nigel, Ferguson Allister I
Optics Letters Vol 30, pp. 421-423 (2005)

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Professional activities

SU2P MidIR & THz Workshop 2013
Andrew Moore
SU2P at SPRC Symposium
Thomas Cizmar
Frank Gunn Moore
SU2P SSL&NLO Workshop

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Passive Q-Switching of Solid State Lasers | Smillie, Marc
Kemp, Alan (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Allister (Co-investigator) Smillie, Marc (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 14-Jan-2018
Kemp, Alan (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Allister (Co-investigator) Reilly, Sean (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 15-Jan-2015
Kemp, Alan (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Allister (Co-investigator) Kane, Daniel John (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 03-Jan-2016
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Bennett, Thomas
Kemp, Alan (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Allister (Co-investigator) Bennett, Thomas (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 01-Jan-2015
Stanford-Scotland Photonics Innovation Collaboration (Science Bridges)
Ferguson, Allister (Principal Investigator) Ackemann, Thorsten (Co-investigator) Burns, David (Co-investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
The Universities of Strathclyde, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt and Glasgow, together with Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), are collaborating in a project which has won funding worth £1.6 million over three years from the Science Bridges awards, announced by Research Councils UK (RCUK).
The project, SU2P, is designed to capitalise on leading research in the photonics sector, in fields including life sciences and renewable energy, and the commercial opportunities the research offers.
It will also bolster existing links between universities and businesses in Scotland and the US.
The three-year venture between the six institutions focuses on:
■Biophotonics, including stem cell imaging and neuroscience photonics
■Solar cell devices and characterisation
■Integrated photonics
■Solid-state laser engineering and nonlinear optics
■Photonics sensors, including atom and quantum optic sensors and environmental science and technology
The project gives talented young researchers the opportunity to experience working in laboratories in California. It also enables businesses in the US and the UK to share ideas and expertise with academics in both countries.
01-Jan-2009 - 28-Jan-2013
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant | Muellenbroich, Marie Caroline
Wright, Amanda (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Allister (Co-investigator) Muellenbroich, Marie Caroline (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2008 - 07-Jan-2012

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