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Research interests

Robert is interested in the applications of photonics in a wide range of areas, including astronomy [1], laser manufacturing [2], fundamental physics [3] and medicine [4].

[1] R. J. Harris et al, “Photonic spatial reformatting of stellar light for diffraction-limited spectroscopy”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 450, 428 (2015)  

[2] C. A. Ross et al "Optimisation of ultrafast laser assisted etching in fused silica," Opt. Express 26, 24343-24356 (2018) 

[3] S. Mukherjee et al, “State-recycling and time-resolved imaging in topological photonic lattices,” Nat Commun 9, 4209 (2018)

[4] D. Choudhury et al, "Endoscopic sensing of alveolar pH," Biomed. Opt. Express 8, 243-259 (2017)

Group website: phi.eps.hw.ac.uk

Biography

Robert was awarded the BSc in Physics (1st Class Honours) from Heriot Watt University (HWU) in 2000, the MSc in Optoelectronics and Laser Devices from the University of St Andrews in 2001 and the PhD in the Physics from HWU in 2006. He was awarded an STFC Advanced Fellowship in 2010 to investigate the applications of photonic technologies in astronomy and was simultaneously appointed to a Lectureship in Physics. He was promoted to Reader in 2013 and a Personal Chair in Physics in 2016. As Principal Investigator, he has received ~£10M in funding since 2010 from sources including the EPSRC, STFC, EU, Royal Society, and industry. He is Principle Investigator of the £6.1m EPSRC Programme Grant “U-care” which seeks to develop deep UV light technologies in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh and Bath for “Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050”. He is a Co-Investigator on the EPSRC-funded project “PROTEUS” (proteus.ac.uk), an EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration that has secured > £13M in funding from EPSRC since 2013, and is aimed at developing photonic diagnostics for lung disease in critically ill patients. He holds an honorary position at the Queens Medical Research Institute (QMRI) at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Co-Investigator on the £5.6M EPSRC-Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in laser-based production processes (CIM-laser) (cim-laser.ac.uk), the aim of which is to drive advanced laser-based manufacturing techniques into industry. In addition to his academic activities, Robert co-founded Optoscribe Ltd in 2010, a laser-manufacturing company now occupying its own premises in Livingston, and permanently employing > 35 permanent staff. 

 

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Keywords

  • QC Physics
  • photonics

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Research Output

A CMOS-SPAD Array Line Scanning Imaging System for Biophotonic Applications

McShane, E. P., Chandrasekharan, H. K., Finlayson, N., Erdogan, A., Henderson, R. K., Dhaliwal, K., Thomson, R. R. & Tanner, M. G., 2020, Clinical and Translational Biophotonics 2020. Optical Society of America, TW2B.2

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    A Miniature Fibre-Optic Raman Probe Fabricated by Ultrafast Laser-Assisted Etching

    Ross, C. A., MacLachlan, D. G., Smith, B. J. E., Beck, R. J., Shephard, J. D., Weston, N. & Thomson, R. R., 11 Feb 2020, In : Micromachines. 11, 2, 185.

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    Femtosecond laser machining of hollow-core negative curvature fibres

    Novo, C. C., Choudhury, D., Siwicki, B., Thomson, R. R. & Shephard, J. D., 17 Aug 2020, In : Optics Express. 28, 17, p. 25491-25501 11 p.

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  • Fibre-based ratiometric fluorescence imaging for contrast enhancement of spectrally similar signals in the lung

    Parker, H. E., Stone, J., Marshall, A. D. L., Choudhary, T. R., Thomson, R. R., Dhaliwal, K. & Tanner, M. G., 2020, Clinical and Translational Biophotonics 2020. Optical Society of America, TTu2B.4

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    Fibre Platform for Multiplexed Physiological Sensing in the Distal Lung with Fluorescent Probes on Multicore Fibres

    Tanner, M. G., Choudhary, T. R., Ehrlich, K., Megia-Fernandez, A., Harrington, K., Wood, H. A., Marshall, A., Zhu, P., Chankeshwara, S. V., Choudhury, D., Monro, G., Ucuncu, M., Yu, F., Duncan, R. R., Thomson, R. R., Dhaliwal, K. & Bradley, M., 2020, Clinical and Translational Biophotonics 2020. Optical Society of America, TTu2B.2

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