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Dr Jennifer Hastie


Institute of Photonics

Personal statement

Jennifer Hastie is a Reader and Research Team Leader at the Institute of Photonics with a main interest in optically-pumped semiconductor disk lasers (SDLs, also known as VECSELs) for high spatial and spectral brightness and broad tunability at novel wavelengths. 

Jennifer recently held an EPSRC Challenging Engineering Award (EP/I022791/1) building the team’s research in the area of narrow linewidth SDLs with advanced wavelength flexibility for applications including metrology and lithography; spanning ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectral regions through the use of novel materials and intracavity nonlinear frequency conversion techniques.  A research highlight has been the development of intracavity-pumped tunable crystalline Raman lasers, including CW diamond Raman lasers, pumped within the high finesse cavities of tunable SDLs. 

As a result of the group’s work in the area of narrow linewidth SDLs, Jennifer is the Strathclyde University Lead Investigator for the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology (, collaborating with Hub Director Prof Kai Bongs of the University of Birmingham to develop lasers for optical clock systems.  The Hub, which also includes leading research groups from the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton and Sussex, is an international centre of excellence that will translate state-of-the-art lab technology into deployable practical devices with the academics working with >60 industry partners to translate research into marketable applications.


Biography: Jennifer joined the IoP as a PhD student in 2000.  In 2004 she was awarded a 5 year research fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering to develop visible and ultraviolet semiconductor disk lasers for applications in biophotonics and was Principal Investigator on two further grants funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): for work on ultraviolet SDLs (EP/D061032/1) and on InP quantum dot SDLs (EP/E056989/1), the latter in partnership with Dr Andrey Krysa of the University of Sheffield and Prof Peter Smowton of Cardiff University.  She has also been a co-investigator on an EPSRC Engineering Platform Grant for the development of advanced solid-state laser systems (EP/E006000/1) and a grant on diamond Raman lasers (EP/E056989/1) with IoP colleague Prof Alan Kemp.

Jennifer was the Programme Chair of the VECSELs conference at SPIE Photonics West 2013 and was an active member of the Technical Programme Committee of the international OSA conference Advanced Solid-State Photonics 2009-2013. She is a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America and a Senior Member of the IEEE.


Towards compact and portable sub-kHz AlGaInP semiconductor disk lasers for cold atom experiments
Moriya Paulo H., Hastie Jennifer
SPIE Photonics West 2018, (2018)
1.4 µm continuous-wave diamond Raman laser
Casula Riccardo, Penttinen Jussi-Pekka, Kemp Alan J., Guina Mircea, Hastie Jennifer E.
Optics Express Vol 25, pp. 31377-31383, (2017)
Tunable, CW laser emission at 225 nm via intracavity frequency tripling in a semiconductor disk laser
Rodríguez-García Julio M., Pabœuf David, Hastie Jennifer E.
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics Vol 23, (2017)
~1400-nm continuous-wave diamond Raman laser intracavity-pumped by an InGaAs semiconductor disk laser
Casula R., Parrotta D. C., Kemp A. J., Penttinen J.-P., Leinonen T., Guina M., Hastie J. E.
7th EPS-QEOD Europhoton Conference, (2016)
Tunable narrow linewidth AlGaInP semiconductor disk laser for Sr atom cooling applications
Paboeuf David, Hastie Jennifer E.
Applied Optics Vol 55, pp. 4980-4984, (2016)
UK National Quantum Technologies Hub in sensors and metrology
Bongs K., Boyer V., Cruise M. A., Freise A., Holynski M., Hughes J., Kaushik A., Lien Y.-H., Niggebaum A., Perea-Ortiz M., Petrov P., Plant S., Singh Y., Stabrawa A., Paul D. J., Sorel M., Cumming D. R. S., Marsh J. H., Bowtell R. W., Bason M. G., Beardsley R. P., Campion R. P., Brookes M. J., Fernholz T., Fromhold T. M., Hackermuller L., Krüger P., Li X., Maclean J. O., Mellor C. J., Novikov S. V., Orucevic F., Rushforth A. W., Welch N., Benson T. M., Wildman R. D., Freegarde T., Himsworth M., Ruostekoski J., Smith P., Tropper A., Griffin P. F., Arnold A. S., Riis E., Hastie J. E., Paboeuf D., Parrotta D. C., Garraway B. M., Pasquazi A., Peccianti M., Hensinger W., Potter E., Nizamani A. H., Bostock H., Rodriguez Blanco A., Sinuco-Leon G., Hill I. R., Williams R. A., Gill P., Hempler N., Malcolm G. P. A., Cross T., Kock B. O., Maddox S., John P.
Quantum OpticsProceedings of SPIE Vol 9900, pp. 990009-1-990009-7, (2016)

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Professional activities

Lasers for Quantum Technology Workshop
Member of programme committee
Contributor to
European Workshop on VeCSELs
Member of programme committee
International Symposium on Development and Application of High Power Laser Technology
Keynote/plenary speaker
Proceedings of SPIE (Journal)
Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society
Invited speaker

more professional activities


COALESCe - TSB Quantum Tech Project with Fraunhofer CAP and M Squared Lasers.COmpAct Light Engines for Strontium Clocks
Hastie, Jennifer (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2015 - 31-Oct-2016
UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology
Hastie, Jennifer (Principal Investigator) Arnold, Aidan (Co-investigator) Griffin, Paul (Co-investigator) Kemp, Alan (Co-investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2014 - 30-Nov-2019
Hastie, Jennifer (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2004 - 30-Apr-2009
Ultra-Precision Optical Engineering With Short-Wavelength Semiconductor Disk Laser Technology (Challenging Engineering)
Hastie, Jennifer (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2011 - 30-Apr-2016
Diamond Raman Lasers
Kemp, Alan (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Gu, Erdan (Co-investigator) Hastie, Jennifer (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2008 - 31-Mar-2012
Hastie, Jennifer (Principal Investigator) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2007 - 30-Sep-2010

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Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre

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