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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 2002 2019

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

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

picosecond pulses
Semiconductor quantum dots
Amplification
Laser pulses
amplifiers

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
picosecond pulses
amplifiers
output
pulse duration
augmentation

High-power quantum-dot superluminescent tapered diode under CW operation

Forrest, A. F., Krakowski, M., Bardella, P. & Cataluna, M. A., 15 Apr 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 8, p. 10981-10990 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
diodes
quantum dots
bandwidth
continuous radiation
output

Record-high power spectral density CW tapered quantum-dot superluminescent diode

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, 8872156

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

Power spectral density
Semiconductor quantum dots
Diodes
diodes
quantum dots

Tapered multi-section superluminescent diode with tunable spectral asymmetry between narrow and wide facet outputs

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, 8871859

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

flat surfaces
Diodes
diodes
asymmetry
Multiplexing

Prizes

Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

Maria Ana Cataluna (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

Philip Leverhulme Prize

Maria Ana Cataluna (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

international recognition
career

Royal Academy of Engineering / EPSRC Research Fellowship

Maria Ana Cataluna (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

quantum dots
engineering
lasers

Activities 2012 2016

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

2017 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics

Maria Ana Cataluna (Chair)
20162017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Scientific Reports (Journal)

Maria Ana Cataluna (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

The Leverhulme Trust (External organisation)

Maria Ana Cataluna (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership 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

CLEO: Science and Innovations 2016

Maria Ana Cataluna (Member of programme committee)
20152016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference