Laser Focus World 2021 Rising Stars Awards: Ben Szutor

Aug. 3, 2021
In this twelfth showcase, we highlight Ben Szutor, an R&D engineer at UniKLasers.

As an R&D engineer at UniKLasers (Edinburgh, UK), Ben Szutor has already co-authored/research papers in the area of single-frequency DPSS lasers at exotic wavelengths for quantum technologies. He has been a key contributor to UniKLasers’ quantum projects that focus on the commercialization of quantum technology (QT) to position the company as a leading supplier of lasers for QT applications.

Szutor has developed a laser that matches the optical performance of current Ti:sapphire lasers within a compact footprint and at the price point of an external-cavity diode laser. Through laser system redesign of UniKLasers’ technology platform and testing novel laser materials, Szutor demonstrated laser operation on crucial, but difficult-to-access laser lines. This resulted in the development of the ultrastable, compact, single-frequency, solid-state laser operating at the “magic” Strontium wavelength of 813 nm. This project enables economic opportunities for supply chain optimization and delivers novel world-leading, underpinning technologies for the quantum industry. The demonstrated laser platform will leapfrog the UK in the exploitation of global QT research.

Szutor holds a Meng degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently an EngD candidate at Heriot-Watt University.


About the Author

Justine Murphy | Senior Editor

Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning writer and editor with more 20 years of experience in newspaper publishing as well as public relations, marketing, and communications. For nearly 10 years, she has covered all facets of the optics and photonics industry as an editor, writer, web news anchor, and podcast host for an internationally reaching magazine publishing company. Her work has earned accolades from the New England Press Association as well as the SIIA/Jesse H. Neal Awards. She received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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