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.


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, pp. 1-11 (2022)
Photonic neuromorphic computing with vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
Owen-Newns Dafydd, Zhang Weikang, Alanis Juan, Bueno Julian, Robertson Joshua, Hejda Matej, Hurtado Antonio
Abstract Book of the 5th International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics 5th International Conference on Application of Optics and Photonics, pp. 146-146 (2022)
Spike propagation in a nanolaser-based optoelectronic neuron
Ortega-Piwonka Ignacio, Hejda Matěj, Alanis Juan, Lourenço João, Hurtado Antonio, Figueiredo José, Romeira Bruno, Javaloyes Julien
Optical Materials Express Vol 12, pp. 2679-2696 (2022)
Photonic neuromorphic computing using vertical cavity semiconductor lasers
Skalli Anas, Robertson Joshua, Owen-Newns Dafydd, Hejda Matej, Porte Xavier, Reitzenstein Stephan, Hurtado Antonio, Brunner Daniel
Optical Materials Express Vol 12, pp. 2395-2414 (2022)
Photonic spiking neural network with resonant tunnelling diode optoelectronic neurons
Hejda Matěj, Alanis Juan, Ortega-Piwonka Ignacio, Figueiredo José, Lourenco João, Javaloyes Julien, Romeira Bruno, Hurtado Antonio
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2022)
Deterministic integration of single nanowire devices with on-chip photonics and electronics
Jevtics D, Guilhabert B, Hurtado A, Dawson MD, Strain MJ
Progress in Quantum Electronics (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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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 - 31-Jan-2022
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
BRAIN-inspired networks of ultrafast LASER neurons
Hurtado, Antonio (Principal Investigator)
10-Jan-2017 - 09-Jan-2021

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Institute of Photonics
Technology Innovation Centre

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