Course Director: Dr John Williams
John Williams received his BSc in Physics and PhD on the development, characterisation and optimisation of various new modelocked laser sources from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.
He has been working in the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University since 1992 and has been a Reader there since 2000. He has authored and co-authored over 100 journal and conference papers in photonics related fields.
Dr Williams is a member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP), the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (MIEEE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).
John's current research interests include the design and fabrication of in-fibre Bragg Gratings and their application as sensors, for the control of short pulses and for the processing and control of sub-carrier multiplexed microwave signals. Prof. Keith Blow
I studied at Cambridge University and then joined the Theory of Condensed Matter Group of the Cavendish Laboratory and received a Ph.D. for studies on Deep Impurities in Semiconductors.
I joined the optics division of BT Labs in 1981 and worked on the theory of non-linear optical propagation effects in fibres, principally solitons . This work developed into optical switching and the first demonstration of soliton switching in non-linear optical loop mirrors. In 1990 I set up a group working on quantum optical properties and non-linear spatial optics as well as continuing work on all-optical processing which is currently concerned with ways of using and manipulating the information that can be sent over the enormous bandwidth of optical fibres.
In 1999 I moved here to the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies to continue working on optical networks and optical computation. My areas of research interest are: optical communication systems and networks; optical solitons; all-optical signal processing and switching.
Dr. Marc Eberhard
I'm working in the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies on simulations of optical communication systems. The main focus is on long haul optical transmission systems with particular interest in polarisation mode dispersion (PMD) in single and coarse or dense wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM or DWDM) transmission mode; stability of solitons under PMD.
Prof. Sergei Turitsyn
My experience and research interests are: Nonlinear science; Fibre optic communications; Fibre lasers. Mrs. Elena G. Turitsyna
My areas of researcg interest are: Numerical modelling of fibre Bragg gratings for telecom applications; design of advanced FBG for WDM systems; numerical modelling of signal transmission in optical fiber systems; modelling of advanced signal formats and optical data processing.