Dr Antonio Hurtado


Institute of Photonics

Personal statement

I received the PhD degree in Photonic Technology from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain in December 2006. In 2007 I joined the Optoelectronics Research Group of the University of Essex (England, UK) first as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then as a Marie Curie Fellow (IEF Programme, Project ISLAS, 2009-2011). In 2010 I was awarded by the European Commission with a second Marie Curie Fellowship (IOF Programme, Project NINFA, 2011-2014) to carry out a collaborative project between the Universities of New Mexico (USA) and Essex (UK). Following this award in 2011 I started working in the Optoelectronics Research Group at the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM-UNM) in Albuquerque (NM, USA). In 2014 I was awarded a Chancellor Fellowship by the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland, UK). As a result of this award I started working from October 2014 as a Lecturer at Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics.


Spiking behaviour in laterally-coupled pairs of VCSELs with applications in neuromorphic photonics
Hejda Matĕj, Vaughan Martin, Henning Ian, Al-Seyab Rihab, Hurtado Antonio, Adams Mike
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics Vol 29, pp. 1-10 (2023)
GHz rate neuromorphic photonic spiking neural network with a single Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL)
Owen-Newns Dafydd, Robertson Joshua, Hejda Matĕj, Hurtado Antonio
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics Vol 29, pp. 1-10 (2023)
Tuneable presynaptic weighting in optoelectronic spiking neurons built with laser-coupled resonant tunneling diodes
Zhang Weikang, Hejda Matěj, Malysheva Ekaterina, Ali Al-Taai Qusay Raghib, Javaloyes Julien, Wasige Edward, Figueiredo José M L, Dolores-Calzadilla Victor, Romeira Bruno, Hurtado Antonio
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics Vol 56 (2023)
Artificial optoelectronic spiking neurons with laser-coupled resonant tunnelling diode systems
Hejda Matej, Malysheva Ekaterina, Al-Taai Qusay Raghib Ali, Wasige Edward, Dolores-Calzadilla Victor, Figueiredo Jose, Romeira Bruno, Hurtado Antonio
2022 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) (2022)
Interconnected VCSEL-based photonic synapses for neuromorphic processsing architectures
Robertson Joshua, Alanis Juan Arturo, Hejda Matej, Owen-Newns Dafydd, Hurtado Antonio
2022 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) (2022)
Artificial optoelectronic spiking neuron based on a resonant tunnelling diode coupled to a vertical cavity surface emitting laser
Hejda Matěj, Malysheva Ekaterina, Owen-Newns Dafydd, Ali Al-Taai Qusay Raghib, Zhang Weikang, Ortega-Piwonka Ignacio, Javaloyes Julien, Wasige Edward, Dolores-Calzadilla Victor, Figueiredo José M L, Romeira Bruno, Hurtado Antonio
Nanophotonics (2022)

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Research interests

My research interests lie within Nanophotonics and Neuromorphic Photonics. In Nanophotonics, I work across topics that include nanowire photonics, nanolasers and hybrid nanophotonic fabrication. Within this activity we have recently delivered first reports on the transfer-printing of nanowire lasers for controllable nanophotonic device fabrication and on the integration of ultrasmall nanowire lasers.

Neuromorphic Photonics is an emerging scientific field looking at the emulation of the brain’s powerful computational capabilities with ultrafast photonic technologies for novel paradigms in ultrafast brain-inspired information processing. Within this activity I have delivered first reports on the controllable generation, inhibition and propagation of spiking dynamics in Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers at speeds up to 1 billion times faster than in biological neurons. 

Professional activities

Transfer printing of semiconductor nanowire lasers for nanophotonic device fabrication
Invited speaker
Transfer Printing of Semiconductor Nanowire Lasers for Nanophotonic Device Fabrication
Activation, Inhibition and Propagation of Spiking Regimes in Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers
Transfer printing of semiconductor nanowires for nanophotonic device fabrication
Nanoscale Transfer Printing for Heterogeneous Device
Invited speaker
Transfer printing of semiconductor nanowire lasers for nanophotonic device fabrication

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Hurtado, Antonio (Principal Investigator) Clemente, Carmine (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Ultrafast Terahertz Polarimetry Enabled by Semiconductor Nanowire Sensors
Hurtado, Antonio (Principal Investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2022 - 03-Jan-2026
Photonic Spiking Neural Networks for Ultrafast Detection and Tracking
Hurtado, Antonio (Principal Investigator) Di Caterina, Gaetano (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2023
Turing AI Fellowship: PHOTONics for ultrafast Artificial Intelligence
Hurtado, Antonio (Fellow)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
Energy-efficient and high-bandwidth neuromorphic nanophotonic chips for artificial intelligence systems (ChipAI) H2020-FETOPEN
Hurtado, Antonio (Principal Investigator) Strain, Michael (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2022
Emulation of basic RETinal ciRcuits with Ultrafast PhOtonic Technologies
Hurtado, Antonio (Principal Investigator)
07-Jan-2018 - 15-Jan-2018

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Institute of Photonics
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