Monday July 28th 2014

Archived news

IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Society Scottish Chapter

Hot news
IEEE Photonics Society Scottish Chapter wins “Most Improved Chapter” award
from the IPS- the chapter’s  11th award in 15 years.
IEEE STARS article on “Maxwell’s Equations” by Graham Turnbull now online

15th  March 2011
Seminar University of Glasgow
• Hiromasa SHIMIZU, Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology
“Recent Progress of Semiconductor Optical Isolators: Physics, Devices,

16th March 2011
80th Birthday Celebration for Professor  Des Smith FRSE, FRS, OBE.
Heriot-Watt University
• David Miller FRSE, FRS Stanford University, “Connecting with Light”.
• Charlie Ironside, University of Glasgow, “From spin flip to quantum
cascade lasers: a journey through infrared spectroscopy  – including
interesting diversions”.
• Sir Peter Knight FRS, The Kavli Royal Society International Centre,
“From Picoseconds to Attoseconds: a journey through Ultrafast nonlinear optics”.
• Sir John Houghton, FRS,  “Space and the revolution in Climate Science”.
(Co-sponsored with Heriot-Watt University)
5th  April 2011
Workshop on “Next generation of ultrafast Lasers”, University of St Andrews
• J Dudley – New Sources, Novel Waveguides and New Directions in Ultrafast
• CTA Brown – New Technologies for the Enhanced Operation of Femtosecond
• RV Penty – Foundry approach to Design and Fabrication of Ultrashort Pulse
Semiconductor Lasers
• S Calvez – Control of Mode-locked Lasers using Optically pumped SESAMs
• NK Metzger – ‘Smarter’ Ultrafast Lasers
• JM Girkin – Applications of Ultrafast Lasers in Biophotonics
• D Burns – Developments in Materials and Optical-control Techniques
for Ultrashort-pulse Lasers”
(Co-sponsored with EPSRC funded project MUSIC)

20th June  2011
Schools science workshop on “The science of color”, Canongate Primary School,
St Andrews
Dr GA Turnbull and Dr LJ Turnbull Meeting on “Integrated and guided wave
photonics” at Glasgow University

30th September 2011
• Prof. Marc Desmulliez (Heriot Watt University)
• Prof. Anthony J. Walton (University of Edinburgh)
• Prof. Deepak Uttamchandani (University of Strathclyde)
• Prof. Yves Bellouard (Eindhoven University of Technology)
(Co-sponsored Renishaw)

18th and 19th October 2011
High Power Laser Diode and Systems meeting at Photonex 2011 exhibition,
18 presentations at 2-day meeting

Who we are

The Chapter was formed in February 1996 as the LEOS Scottish Chapter.
It has been a very active Chapter since its formation and was voted
‘Chapter-of-the-Year’ in 1997, 1998 and 2000, Most Innovative Chapter in 1999,
2001, 2003 and 2006, most improved chapter in 2005 and received IEEE/LEOS
UK and Ireland Section Awards in 2000 and 2001

The Chapter fulfills a valuable local role in Scotland by providing a
much-needed forum for interaction between our large laser and optoelectronics
research population in different universities and industry which other
societies either do not provide or are London-based with significant travel
cost implications to meetings for our graduate students. The committee work
to maintain the Chapter as a vibrant professional group in Scotland and to
promote membership.

The goals of the Chapter are mainly based on nurturing the graduate students
studying in Scotland. We aim to supplement the training base of graduate
students via talks by internationally renowned researchers. To achieve this
we host a wide range of outstanding speakers, who make dedicated trips to
Scotland to participate in our meetings. The speakers include IEEE-PS
Distinguished Lecturers and many other leading international figures.
We make strenuous efforts to broaden the scope of our meetings, to cover
as wide a range of community interests as possible. In the last year,
in addition to meetings based around the IEEE-PS Distinguished Lecturers,
we have organised dedicated meetings covering Photonic Bandgaps and Holey
Fibres, Novel Light Sources and Displays, Quantum Cascade Lasers, and
Ultrafast Photonics.

The “best practice” for the Scottish Chapter, we believe, is our unique
format of Chapter meetings. Most of our events, rather than being stand-alone
colloquia, are dedicated half-day meetings involving several invited speakers
culminating in a keynote presentation. The keynote speaker is often, though
not always, one of the IEEE-PS Distinguished Lecturers for the year, and we
try to organise a “themed” meeting around each keynote speaker. Our Chapter
meetings attract commercial sponsorship. In return, companies contribute an
exclusive tabletop exhibition of their products during our afternoon/evening
Chapter meetings and are granted publicity via our Web pages (including links
to company pages). The meetings attract attendance from across the 10 Scottish
universities (within an 80mile diameter) active in lasers and optoelectronics
and related industry. The venue for these meetings is rotated between several
of the main Central Belt universities in Scotland. The form of our Chapter
meetings helps us meet our goal of contributing to the professional development
of graduate students; they are given the opportunity to gain experience of
presenting talks and posters at technical meetings. The meetings also provide
a forum for graduate students to meet students in similar fields from other

In addition to our dedicated Chapter meetings we organise meetings in
collaboration with other organisations These include the Institute of
Physics (IOP), the Scottish Optoelectronics Association (SOA), Scottish
Enterprise, and the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA).

Contact us / Committee
Chair: Dr Graham Turnbull,
School of Physics and Astronomy,
University of St Andrews
+44 (0) 1334 467330

Acting Vice Chair: Dr Stephane Calvez ,
Institute of Photonics,
Strathclyde University
+44 (0) 141-548-4120

Treasurer: Dr Marc Sorel,
Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering,
University of Glasgow
+44 (0) 141 330 5229

Secretary: Dr Robert Thomson,
Department of Physics,
Heriot-Watt University
+44 (0) 131 451 8220

Past Chair: Prof Ajoy Kar,
Department of Physics,
Heriot-Watt University
+44 (0) 131 451 3049