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Research interests

The primary research interests in my group are in exciton physics, nonlinear optics, intersubband scattering and lasing in wide gap and organic semiconductors. Our aim is to understand the fundamental optical and electronic processes and interactions which influence the behaviour of semiconductor materials. We hope thereby to improve the prospects for existing and future optoelectronic devices and uncover some cool physics on the way.This ambition leads us to collaborate closely with our experimental colleagues, both locally here in the Department, within SUPA and internationally.


Ian was born in 1960 and obtained his PhD from Heriot-Watt in 1986 working on light propagation effect in optical bistability. After two years as a postdoc at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Frankfurt, Germany he joined Phillips Research Labs, Redhill, UK. He returned to Heriot-Watt in 1991 as a Royal Society University  Research Fellow. Upon completion of the Fellowship he became a Reader and latterly a Professor in the Physics Department.

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Research Output 1984 2018

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Coulomb effects in the absorbance spectra of two-dimensional Dirac materials

Di Mauro Villari, L., Galbraith, I. & Biancalana, F., 15 Nov 2018, In : Physical Review B. 98, 20, 205402.

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Transition metals
Energy gap
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Exceptional points and dynamics of an asymmetric non-Hermitian two-level system

Joshi, S. & Galbraith, I., 17 Oct 2018, In : Physical Review A. 98, 4, 6 p., 042117.

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polarized light
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Phase control of photon-echo dynamics with overlapping pulse pairs

Joshi, S., Pidgeon, C., Murdin, B. N. & Galbraith, I., Jan 2017, In : Physical Review A. 95, 1, 013416.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
phase control
time lag
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General Force-Field Parameterization Scheme for Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Conjugated Materials in Solution

Wildman, J., Repiscak, P., Paterson, M. J. & Galbraith, I., 9 Aug 2016, In : Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 12, 8, p. 3813–3824 12 p.

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field theory (physics)
molecular dynamics
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Lateral excitonic switching in vertically stacked quantum dots

Jarzynka, J., McDonald, P. G., Shumway, J. & Galbraith, I., 14 Jun 2016, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 119, 22, 224303.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
quantum dots
electric fields
radiative lifetime
electric potential

Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Membership of peer review panel

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

Ian Galbraith (Member)
18 Apr 2012

Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel