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Biography

Alan Miller held the position of Deputy Principal (Research and Knowledge Transfer) and Professor of Physics at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) from May 2009 to Dec 2014. He was also a SRC Research Fellow and Research Associate at HWU from Sept 1974 to Mar 1979.  Since 2015, he has been Professor Emeritus in Physics at Heriot-Watt University, and since May 2015, CEO of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), and formally employed in this role by the University of Glasgow on behalf of the 8 university partners (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde and West of Scotland).  He was a co-founder and is co-Director since 2009 of Scottish Crucible, a Scotland-wide academic leadership programme funded by SFC and administered by HWU and RSE.  He has been a Trustee of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) since May 2015; Chair of the Management Board of the RZSS Living Links and Bodongo Research Centre at Edinburgh Zoo since 2015; a Trustee of the Scottish Universities Summer Schools in Physics (SUSSP) since March 2017; and Vice President of the Zoological Society of Glasgow and the West of Scotland (ZSGWS) since 2017. He was a member of the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, having taken on the role of Fellowship Secretary from 2011 to 2014, previously acting as Research Awards Convener at RSE from 2008 to 2011. He moved to HWU from the University of St Andrews where he was a Professor of Physics (1993 to 2009), and held the posts of Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy (1997-2003), and Vice Principal for Research (2003 to 2008). Previous employments have included Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA (1979-81), Individual Merit Scientist at the Royal Signals and radar Establishment (now Qinetiq), Malvern (1981-89), and Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the Centre for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, University of Central Florida, USA (1989-1993). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (USA), Optical Society of America (USA), and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK). He was a member of the Scottish Funding Council Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee (2003-2010); he has been active in the development of “research pooling” in Scotland and enhancing the skills and leadership potential of early career researchers, with his team winning the Times Higher Education Award for “outstanding support for early career researchers” in 2008. He has been Director of four NATO International Summer Schools in lasers and related topics.

Research interests

Ultrafast physics of nanostructured semiconductors, lasers and optoelectronic devices bridging fundamental physics, electrical engineering, and photonics applications

Roles & Responsibilities

Deputy Principal (Research and Knowledge Transfer)

Fellowship Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor of Physics

External positions

Scottish Universities Physics Alliance

1 May 2015 → …

Keywords

  • QC Physics
  • Semiconductors, lasers

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Research Output 1974 2012

Simulation and Analysis of Dynamic Regimes Involving Ground and Excited State Transitions in Quantum Dot Passively Mode-Locked Lasers

Xu, T., Rossetti, M., Bardella, P., Montrosset, I., Breuer, S., Rossetti, M., Elsasser, W., Drzewietzki, L., Bardella, P., Montrosset, I., Krakowski, M., Hopkinson, M., Breuer, S., Rossetti, M., Drzewietzki, L., Bardella, P., Montrosset, I., Elsasser, W., Malins, D. B., Gomez-Iglesias, A. & 4 others, White, S. J., Sibbett, W., Miller, A. & Rafailov, E. U., Oct 2012, In : IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. 48, 10, p. 1367-1367 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Temperature dependence of electroabsorption dynamics in an InAs quantum-dot saturable absorber at 1.3 μm and its impact on mode-locked quantum-dot lasers

Cataluna, M. A., Malins, D. B., Gomez-Iglesias, A., Sibbett, W., Miller, A. & Rafailov, E. U., 20 Sep 2010, In : Applied Physics Letters. 97, 12, p. - 3 p., 121110.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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absorbers
quantum dots
temperature dependence
recovery
lasers

Time-resolved carrier dynamics and the quantum confined Stark effect in a bilayer quantum dot waveguide at 1340nm

Malins, D. B., Gomez-Iglesias, A., Miller, A., Spencer, P., Clarke, E., Murray, R., Flatte, M. E. & Pryor, C. E., 2008, 2008 CONFERENCE ON LASERS AND ELECTRO-OPTICS & QUANTUM ELECTRONICS AND LASER SCIENCE CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-9. NEW YORK: IEEE, p. 1768-1769 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ultrafast Electroabsorption Dynamics in a GaInNAs Quantum Well Waveguide at 1.3 mum

Malins, D. B., Gomez-Iglesias, A., Miller, A. & Guina, M., 2008, 2008 CONFERENCE ON LASERS AND ELECTRO-OPTICS & QUANTUM ELECTRONICS AND LASER SCIENCE CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-9. NEW YORK: IEEE, p. 1690-1691 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Direct measurement of the group index of photonic crystal waveguides via Fourier transform spectral interferometry

Gomez-Iglesias, A., O'Brien, D., O'Faolain, L., Miller, A. & Krauss, T. F., 25 Jun 2007, In : Applied Physics Letters. 90, 26, p. - 3 p., 261107.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Activities 2008 2014

The International KTE Hub for Livestock Health and Welfare

Alan Miller (Invited speaker)
20 Feb 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Royal Society of Edinburgh (External organisation)

Alan Miller (Member)
4 Feb 2014

Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel

Light Reflections

Alan Miller (Speaker)
18 Feb 2014

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture

8th International Workshop on Optical Signal Processing and Optical Switching

Alan Miller (Chair)
28 Sep 201330 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

HWU Industry Day, 2013

Alan Miller (Chair)
26 Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course