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Research interests

Richard's research interests revolve around high-power laser manufacturing and fibre optics. Recent projects have included: high power beam delivery with novel hollow core fibre optics; fibre optic environmental sensing; micro material processing including machining, drilling and welding; microwelding of highly dissimilar materials; and most recently the use of experimental design techniques to calibrate industrial ultra-short laser processes.


His research has led to collaborations with a number of external partners including AWE, Renishaw, Leonardo MW, Gooch and Housego, M-Solv, Oxford Lasers, MTC, CPI, University of Bath, University of Manchester, Cranfield University, Cambridge University and the CSIR (India).


Richard graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 with an MPhys, from the Universities of St-Andrews and Heriot-Watt with an MSc in photonics and opto-electronic devices in 2007 and in 2012 from Heriot-Watt with a PhD developing long period fibre gratings for environmental gas sensing. He was then joined the high power laser applications group at Heriot-Watt as a research associate investigating laser based production processes. He was one of the founding members of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser Based Production Processes and in 2018 was appointed a Research Fellow (Lecturer) within the Institute for Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University.

Research Group Contact Details

Applied Optics and Photonics Group

Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS

Office: EMB: G.19,

Phone: +44 (0)131 451 4143

E-Mail: R.M.Carter@hw.ac.uk


  • QC Physics
  • Optics
  • laser
  • Material Processing
  • Fiber Optics

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Research Output

Complementary numerical and experimental study in the baroclinic annulus for the microgravity experiment AtmoFlow

Szabo, P. S. B., Zaussinger, F., Haun, P., Froitzheim, A., Carter, R., Travnikov, V., Meier, M. & Egbers, C., 4 May 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

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    High yield direct fusion welding of glass and metal

    Carter, R., Morawska, P., Hann, S., Esser, M. J. D. & Hand, D. P., 26 Jun 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • 57 Downloads (Pure)

    High yield ultrafast laser microwelding process for direct joining of metal-to-glass

    Morawska, P., Hann, S., Esser, M. J. D., Carter, R. & Hand, D. P., 21 May 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • 47 Downloads (Pure)

    Negative-curvature Anti-resonant Fiber Coupling Tolerances

    Siwicki, B., Carter, R., Shephard, J. D., Yu, F., Knight, J. C. & Hand, D. P., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 37, 21, p. 5548-5554 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Best Speaker - IOP young Researchers In Optics 2009

    Richard Carter (Recipient), 16 Oct 2009

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    6th UK Industrial Laser Applications Symposium 2019

    Richard Carter (Chair)
    20 Mar 201921 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Workshop

    Richard Carter (Participant)
    22 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    8th International Congress on Laser Advanced Materials Processing 2019

    Richard Carter (Participant)
    21 May 201924 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Ultrafast laser manufacturing of glass microfluidic devices

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Richard Carter (Contributor), Omid Shahrokhi (Contributor), Rumbidzai Nhunduru (Contributor), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor), M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)
    26 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Lasers in Manufacturing 2019

    Richard Carter (Chair)
    25 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference