Nonlinear Optics, Photonics and Laser Physics Research

Nonlinear Optics, Photonics and Laser Physics

The Nonlinear Optics, Photonics and Laser Physics group focuses on extending the applications of photonics – the study and application of devices that manipulate, transmit and store data by using visible light or radiation. Much of our work looks at generating new sources of light using interactions of light with itself (nonlinear optics). These new sources have applications in telecommunications, sensors and imaging, and are also of considerable intrinsic interest.

We ask questions like:

What are the best ways to propagate light in optical fibres? How can we control this in the way we design fibres or by inputting a particular pulse shape? This work feeds into the next generation of telecommunication systems, where there is an increasing need for faster data speeds, which can be achieved only using optical means.

The group’s current research interests include fibre lasers, optical sensing for medical applications, frequency comb generation, pulse shaping, laser vibrometry and much more.