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Research expertise

  • Laser and non-linear physics
  • Fibre based sensors (humidity, chemical, vibration/acoustic, force/torque)
  • Guided wave lasers including planar and fibre geometries
  • Optical fibre design and glass fabrication
  • High power fibre lasers
  • Lasers for field deployment (spectroscopy and electronic warfare)
  • Frequency combs
  • Femtosecond laser micromachining
  • Non-linear frequency conversion
  • Theory and modelling of non-linear optical phenomena
  • Measurement of material non-linearity and dispersion. 

Application areas include

  • Defence
  • Mining
  • Medical devices
  • Ophthalmic
  • Communications
  • Forestry
  • Water management
  • Coal mines
  • Minerals exploration.

Capabilities of the LPPDL

  • Laser development and characterisation including spectral, power, temporal and spatial covering the visible through to the mid-infrared
  • Optical fibre cleaving and splicing
  • Glass waveguide fabrication/ FBG inscription, including an ultra-fast femtosecond system (four-axis air-bearing CNC stages, Imra fs laser); diamond-saw CNC; waveguide polishing
  • Materials spectral characterisation, high resolution optical microscope.