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.


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)
Photonic synaptic system for MAC operations by interconnected vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
Robertson Joshua, Alanis Juan Arturo, Hejda Matĕj, Hurtado Antonio
Optical Materials Express Vol 12, pp. 1417-1426 (2022)
Ultrafast neuromorphic photonic image processing with a VCSEL neuron
Robertson Joshua, Kirkland Paul, Alanis Juan Arturo, Hejda Matěj, Bueno Julián, Di Caterina Gaetano, Hurtado Antonio
Scientific Reports Vol 12 (2022)
Spike propagation in a nanolaser-based optoelectronic neuron
Ortega-Piwonka Ignacio, Hejda Matej, Alanis Juan, Lourenco João, Hurtado Antonio, Figueiredo José, Romeira Bruno, Javaloyes Julien
Optical Materials Express (2022)
Resonant tunneling diode nano-optoelectronic excitable nodes for neuromorphic spike-based information processing
Hejda Matej, Alanis Juan Arturo, Ortega-Piwonka Ignacio, Lourenco João, Figueiredo José, Javaloyes Julien, Romeira Bruno, Hurtado Antonio
Physical Review Applied Vol 17 (2022)
Weight adjustable photonic synapse by nonlinear gain in a vertical cavity semiconductor optical amplifier
Alanis Juan Arturo, Robertson Joshua, Hejda Matěj, Hurtado Antonio
Applied Physics Letters Vol 119 (2021)

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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

More professional activities


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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