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Research interests

My research exploits nonlinear optics to produce light that spans the visible to mid-infrared.  My research interests include:

  • Tunable pulsed lasers for multi-photon microscopy
  • Mid-infrared single-photon generation
  • Frequency combs for astronomical spectrograph calibration

I work closely with industry, including companies such as Chromacity, Laser Quantum, Radiantis and M-Squared Lasers, and I am part of the UK consortium to supply a wavelength ruler for the upcoming Extremely Large Telescope in Chile. I have collaborated with groups in Milan, Stanford, Tokyo and South Africa, and hope to work with researchers from all walks of life.

For more details please see my research group pages: https://mccrackenlab.squarespace.com

Biography

Richard McCracken received a BSc in Physics from the University of St. Andrews (2007) before studying for an MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices (2009).  From 2010-2017 he was a member of the Ultrafast Optics Group at Heriot-Watt, working with Prof. Derryck Reid as a PhD student and then a post-doctoral researcher.  He joined IPaQS as a Research Fellow in November 2017.

Roles & Responsibilities

Seminar organiser, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences

Lecturer

  • B27MW, Mechanics, Fields & Forces (Y1)
  • B28AP, Astrophysics (Y2)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Richard Alexander McCracken is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

parametric amplifiers Physics & Astronomy
spectrographs Physics & Astronomy
envelopes Physics & Astronomy
repetition Physics & Astronomy
pulses Physics & Astronomy
lasers Physics & Astronomy
Optical parametric oscillators Engineering & Materials Science
stabilization Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 2012 2019

Astrocombs: Recent Advances

Herr, T. & McCracken, R. A., 30 Oct 2019, In : IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
extrasolar planets
cosmology
spectrographs
dithers
parametric amplifiers
stabilization
locking
pumps

10-GHz Femtosecond Degenerate Optical Parametric Oscillator

McCracken, R. A., Cheng, Y. S. & Reid, D. T., 17 May 2018, CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science 2018. FTh1M.1

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

parametric amplifiers
repetition
bandwidth
pulses

ELT -HIRES the High Resolution Spectrograph for the ELT: Fabry-Pérots for use as calibration sources

Huke, P., Schäfer, S., Reiners, A., Seemann, U., Riva, M., Pepe, F., Chazelas, B., Masłowski, P., Kowzan, G., McCracken, R. A. & Reid, D. T., 12 Jul 2018, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Evans, C. J., Simard, L. & Takami, H. (eds.). SPIE, 107029L. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10702).

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

Open Access
File
Spectrographs
Spectrograph
spectrographs
Calibration
High Resolution

Identification of white powder samples using broadband coherent light in the molecular fingerprint region

Maidment, L., McCracken, R. A., Kara, O., Schunemann, P. G. & Reid, D. T., 17 May 2018, CLEO: Applications and Technology 2018. ATh4O.6

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

Chemical detection
Powders
Fourier transforms
Spectroscopy

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Membership of committee

Institute of Physics (External organisation)

Richard Alexander McCracken (Chair)
12 Oct 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee