Upcoming Events

We would like to invite everybody interested to join us for our upcoming events.

Overview of upcoming events

Ingram room 110
Travelling lecturer visit:
Arlene Smith, Ph.D., AVO Photonics, - Optical Networking: Connecting You To Your Career
In today’s competitive job market, simply having an MSc or PhD may not be enough to get you where you want to go. In this talk, I will share my experiences as an early career professional in the optics industry, including making the jump from academia to industry and the value of establishing and growing a professional network.

Ingram Lecture Theatre (ILT)

SPS colloquium:
Dr. Riccardo Sapienza – Nanoscale photonic network lasers
With decades of proven success, lasers have become central to many technologies that are used in manufacturing, communications, medicine and entertainment. Yet laser research continues to develop new types of light sources with unique and unprecedented characteristics, that have not yet been realised with existing laser technology.
Conventional lasers are generally restricted to aligned mirrors at fixed positions and 1D geometries, resembling the original design from the ‘60s. Instead, random lasers are mirror-less lasing systems which use highly disordered materials to obtain laser action, and have attracted significant interest due to their structural simplicity. Here the disordered matrix folds the optical paths by multiple scattering, while optical gain provides the amplification that triggers lasing. The result is an opaque medium in which laser light is generated by flowing and scattering in a speckle-like pattern.
I will introduce photonic network lasing originated from a web-like network of subwavelength waveguides. Building on this I will show how we design and fabricate biocompatible random laser lasers that can be use as sensitive sensors for living tissue integration, opening a path between complex photonics and medicine for future health care.

We will be visited by the Ambassador for OSA 2017, Arlene Smith, on the 26th of May 2017. She will give a professional development talk and inform about OSA.
Arlene Smith is a Product Engineer and Program Manager at Avo Photonics, Inc. in Horsham, Pennsylvania, USA. After receiving a BSc in Physics and Astronomy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, she started to specialize in Optics by earning an MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices from the University of St Andrews. After returning to Galway to research partially coherent light sources used in lithography, she graduated with a PhD in 2011. More recently, Arlene worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Imaging at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor before moving to Avo Photonics in 2015.


We are proud to announce that we have managed to get Dr. Riccardo Sapienza as a speaker for the University of Kent - School of Physical Sciences colloquium.
Dr. Sapienza's research interest is in nanophotonics, which involves a combination of nano-optics, quantum optics and photonics of complex systems.

The colloquium will take place on the 7th of June.