Double win for photonics at Aston University

Nov. 5, 2010
Birmingham, England -- Aston University is strengthening its photonics research center with two new international partnerships set to advance laser telecommunications and nanotechnologies.

Birmingham, England -- Aston University is strengthening its photonics research with two new international partnerships set to advance laser telecommunications and nanotechnologies.

Dr. Alex Rozhin and Professor Sergei Turitysn from Aston's Photonics Research Group will be leading research into carbon nanotubes in fiber laser usage and telecommunications and sensing applications of ultra-long fiber lasers respectively, after securing two Marie Curie grants through the International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES).

The Aston academics will be working with research centers of excellence and research groups from Germany, Finland, Russia, Belgium and Ukraine thanks to funding secured from the scheme. The aim behind the award is to establish and strengthen long-term research partnerships between European research organisations and international teams from countries that have a science and technology agreement with the European Union.

The first project led by Dr Alex Rozhin lies at the interface of nanotechnologies and photonics, with the development of carbon nanotubes in fiber lasers applications. Carbon nanotubes are a relatively new allotrope of carbon which are excellent conductors arranged in the shape of a cylinder and are the strongest fiber available. Depending on growth conditions, the synthesised tube can possess the strong optical properties in the broad spectra range, creating a wealth of research opportunities including in biological and environmental sensing, medical lasers development and telecommunication technologies.

The second project led by Professor Sergei Turitysn targets an emerging area of ultra-long fiber lasers and random fiber lasers and their telecommunication and sensing applications. Prof Turitsyn has already led a team which last year created a 270 km optical fiber laser – making it the world's longest laser. They believe it will lead to a radical new outlook on information transmission and secure communications.

Professor Turitsyn, said; "These projects will help foster international research collaborations with overseas centres of excellence in photonics and nanotechnologies. This will undoubtedly strengthen Aston's Photonics Research Group's international research, allowing Aston researchers and students to gain even greater access to advanced photonic technologies, facilities and infrastructure at Aston and across the world."

Aston University will coordinate both projects with the international partners, which include the Max Planck Institute (Germany), Optoelectronics Research Centre at the Tampere University of Technology (Finland), Novosibirsk University (Russia), the Fibre Optics Research Centre of Russian Academy of Science (Russia) and other world leading research centres.

Source: Aston University Communications

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Stephen G. Anderson | Director, Industry Development - SPIE

 Stephen Anderson is a photonics industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved with lasers and photonics for more than 30 years. As Director, Industry Development at SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – he is responsible for tracking the photonics industry markets and technology to help define long-term strategy, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industry activities. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Laser Focus World and chaired the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.    

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