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Research interests

William MacPherson is a Lecturer in Physics and a member of the Applied Optics and Photonics research group in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. His research interests are centred around the application of optical and fibre-optic techniques for measurement and instrumentation. This work includes high bandwidth temperature and pressure sensors for aerodynamic and explosion monitoring, novel fibres for structural monitoring, vibration and acceleration measurement, and studies into potential sensing applications of novel microstructured fibres. Many of these projects have been in colaboration with industry (such as QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Image Automation), and other Universities (including Oxford, Bath, Sheffield, Aston, Birmingham, and Leeds Universities).He has published over 90 journal and conference papers in this area, and is on the organising committee for the 2010 European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors and local organising commitee for the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors.

Roles & Responsibilities

Associate Editor IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Sensors Council.

Bill is part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes.

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Research Output 1996 2018

  • 75 Article
  • 41 Conference contribution
  • 15 Paper
  • 1 Other chapter contribution

Accelerated through-life performance evaluation of fibre Fabry-Pérot pressure sensors

Dyer, T. C., MacPherson, W. N., Brooks, S. J. & McCulloch, S., 2018, Optical Fiber Sensors 2018. Optical Society of America, TuE33

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

Pressure sensors
Fibers
Aging of materials
Experiments

Bio-inspired all-optical artificial neuromast for 2D flow sensing

Wolf, B. J., Morton, J. A. S., Macpherson, W. N. & Van Netten, S. M., Mar 2018, In : Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. 13, 2, 026013.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Optical Fibers
Bragg gratings
Optical flows
Sensors
Deconvolution

Fabrication and characterization of machined multi-core fiber tweezers for single cell manipulation

Anastasiadi, G., Leonard, M., Paterson, L. & MacPherson, W. N., 1 Feb 2018, In : Optics Express. 26, 3, p. 3557-3567

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
numerical aperture
manipulators
fabrication
fibers
yeast

Fibre bragg grating based attitude sensor

Papachristou, N., Morton, J., Dzipalski, A., Polyzos, D., Maier, R. R. J. & MacPherson, W. N., 2018, Optical Fiber Sensors 2018. Optical Society of America, TuE89

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

Open Access
File
Fiber Bragg gratings
Sensors
Gravitation
Calibration
Fabrication

Label-free ferrule-top optical fiber micro-cantilever biosensor

Li, J., Zhou, Y. X., Guo, Y. X., Wang, G. Y., Maier, R. R. J., Hand, D. P. & Macpherson, W. N., 23 Jul 2018, In : Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File

Activities 2013 2019

  • 2 Participation in Festival or Exhibition
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

RMetS Regional Talk (Inverness): Cairngorm Automatic Weather Station - 40 years at the top.

Bill MacPherson (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Girls into STEM

Bill MacPherson (Invited speaker)
1 Nov 201823 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition

Orkney International Science Festival 2015

William Neil MacPherson (Participant)
5 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition

Laser processing of Borofloat®33 glass

Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), William Neil MacPherson (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor)
28 May 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

IEEE Sensors Journal (Journal)

William Neil MacPherson (Editorial board member)
2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity