Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

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General Description

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.

Over the last 20 years Aston has consistently been ranked as a top university for graduate employability (80 in the World and 12th in the UK according QS Graduate Employability Rankings). Its research has a direct impact to society and 78% of it is rated world leading internationally excellent (REF 2014).

The Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies (AIPT) is one of the largest photonics research centres in the UK, with 90+ staff and grant funding amounting to €20M. AIPT counts over 60 patents, and its technology has created the foundations for direct exploitation of the intellectual property through spin-out companies. AIPT pursues a diverse range of device-and-system-level topics at the leading edge of technology.

The key research areas include high-speed optical transmission and processing, in fibre-based optical devices and components, nonlinear photonics, and in fibre optic sensors. It has recently successfully expanded its activities in a number of key areas including femtosecond pulsed laser techniques, medical sensing devices, and planar integrated optical circuits.

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Research Area 1 – Fibre lasers

Contact person – Sergei K. Turitsyn,

Research Area 2 – Nonlinear science

Contact person – Sergei K. Turitsyn,

Research Area 3 – Optical Communications

Contact person – Sergei K. Turitsyn,

Publications of interest

  • Turitsyn SK, Babin SA, El-Taher AE, Harper P, Churkin DV, Kablukov SI, Ania-Castañón JD, Karalekas V, Podivilov EV. Random distributed feedback fibre laser. Nature Photonics. 2010 Apr 1;4(4):231-5.
  • Turitsyna EG, Smirnov SV, Sugavanam S, Tarasov N, Shu X, Babin SA, Podivilov EV, Churkin DV, Falkovich G, Turitsyn SK. The laminar-turbulent transition in a fibre laser. Nature Photonics. 2013 Oct 1;7(10):783-6.
  • Turitsyn SK, Ania-Castañón JD, Babin SA, Karalekas V, Harper P, Churkin D, Kablukov SI, El-Taher AE, Podivilov EV, Mezentsev VK. 270-km ultralong Raman fiber laser. Physical review letters. 2009 Sep 21;103(13):133901.