Welcome to the Applied Optics and Photonics
research group. Our research explores the application of
optics for a range of material processing, optical metrology, and
sensing applications. The applied nature of our work means
that we work closely with industry as well as other UK and
International research groups.
High Power Laser Applications
Prof. Duncan Hand, Dr Jon Shephard
research includes use of optical fibres for delivery
of high power light for both measurement and laser
processing, process monitoring and control of laser
materials processing, and fundamental studies of
precision laser material machining applications.
Applications include flow measurement illumination,
laser material processing for industry, and
biomedical surgery applications.
Prof. Andrew Moore, Dr Wei Wang
diagnostic techniques can provide greater
understanding and control of the behaviour of
engineering and biological systems. Light adds no
extra mass or stiffness to the structure and
measurements can be made at many points
simultaneously under service conditions. We research
novel optical techniques for measuring e.g.
deformation, strain, velocity, and jointly with our
collaborators apply them to unique measurement
problems in engineering and science.
Optical Fibre Sensors
Dr Bill MacPherson, Dr Robert Maier
fibres offer great flexibility in taking precise
optical measurement techniques and making them a
practical sensor option for real world
instrumentation. Our interest includes point
sensors fabricated onto the end of fibres, fibre
Bragg grating sensors, Long Period Grating sensors,
and novel sensor embedding.