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Research interests

The physics and technology of semiconductor ultrafast laser diodes and photonic systems are right at the core of our research. We are also keen to develop new applications enabled by ultrafast photonics in imaging, sensing, spectroscopy and metrology.

Biography

I have been passionately committed to ultrafast lasers and photonic systems since I was an undergraduate student at the Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal), where I obtained a Physics Engineering degree and worked as a junior research assistant. Afterwards I completed my PhD in Physics at the University of St Andrews and then moved to the University of Dundee as a post-doctoral researcher. A year after my PhD graduation, I was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellowship and appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Dundee, being subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer and Reader. I moved to Heriot-Watt University in August 2016.

I currently hold an ERC Starting Grant (UPTIME). I have been previously awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2012-2015), the Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellowship (2009-2014), the IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship (2007) and an International PhD Studentship from FCT, the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (2003-2007).

I am part of the Editorial Board for Scientific Reports and serve as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (Semiconductor Lasers issue). I’m also the Chair of the Semiconductor Lasers sub-committee for CLEO-Europe since 2014. 

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Research Output

Monolithic InP Quantum Dot Mode-Locked Lasers Emitting at 730 nm

Li, Z., Allford, C. P., Shutts, S., Forrest, A. F., Alharbi, R., Krysa, A. B., Cataluna, M. A. & Smowton, P. M., 1 Sep 2020, In : IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. 32, 17, p. 1073-1076 4 p.

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    Tunable spectral asymmetry at the facets of a chirped tapered quantum-dot superluminescent diode

    Bardella, P., Forrest, A. F., Krakowski, M. & Cataluna, M. A., 25 Feb 2020, Light-Emitting Devices, Materials, and Applications XXIV. Kim, J. K., Krames, M. R. & Strassburg, M. (eds.). SPIE, 113020Z. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 11302).

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    Wide and tunable spectral asymmetry between narrow and wide facet outputs in a tapered quantum-dot superluminescent diode

    Forrest, A. F., Krakowski, M., Bardella, P. & Cataluna, M. A., 20 Jan 2020, In : Optics Express. 28, 2, p. 846-859 14 p.

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    Double-pass amplification of picosecond pulses with a tapered quantum-dot semiconductor amplifier

    Forrest, A. F., Krakowski, M., Bardella, P. & Cataluna, M. A., 17 Oct 2019, 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC). IEEE, 8871869

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  • Double-pass amplification of picosecond pulses with a tapered semiconductor amplifier

    Forrest, A. F., Krakowski, M., Bardella, P. & Cataluna, M. A., 14 Oct 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 21, p. 30752-30762 11 p.

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    Prizes

    Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

    Cataluna, Maria Ana (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Philip Leverhulme Prize

    Cataluna, Maria Ana (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Royal Academy of Engineering / EPSRC Research Fellowship

    Cataluna, Maria Ana (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    • 4 Participation in conference
    • 2 Editorial activity
    • 1 Membership of board
    • 1 Membership of peer review panel

    IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (Journal)

    Maria Ana Cataluna (Guest editor)

    20162017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Maria Ana Cataluna (Editorial board member)

    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    2017 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics

    Maria Ana Cataluna (Chair)

    20162017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    The Leverhulme Trust (External organisation)

    Maria Ana Cataluna (Member)

    2016 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel

    CLEO: Science and Innovations 2016

    Maria Ana Cataluna (Member of programme committee)

    20152016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference