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Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group

The Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group is led by Professor Peter Smith.

Our team specialises in the development and manufacture of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics.  Working closely with two University spin-outs (Stratophase and Covesion), we aim to develop advanced functionality devices by modifying and patterning standard optoelectronic materials.

The core of our technology lies in innovative control of materials using processes such as direct UV writing for waveguides and Bragg grating inscription, electrical poling technology for the creation of domain inverted ferroelectric materials and the deposition and processing of glass.  Our research team specialises in the design and manufacture of new photonic components and systems for a broad range of academic and industrial applications.

Specific project areas include the development of photonic devices for quantum science and technology, sensors for extreme environments and parametric materials for wavelength conversion.

To find out more, visit our website

Planar Optical Materials PhD Projects

Supervisors: Prof Peter Smith, Dr Corin Gawith, Dr James Gates and Dr Christopher Holmes.

  • Micromachined optics for quantum technology
  • Waveguide circuits for quantum technology 
  • Wavelength conversion schemes for quantum technology 
  • Hybrid fibre / FHD composite for laser pump schemes 
  • Micro-machined quasi-phase matched materials 
  • Sensors based on hybrid fibre

Find out about our PhD projects


For a list of selected recent publications, including invited papers, refereed conference papers and refereed journal papers, please click here.

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