Group Members

Prof David Shepherd
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 3373

Dr Jacob Mackenzie
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 2693

James Grant-Jacob
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 8429

Stefano Valle
tel: +44(0) 23 8059


Henry Stenhouse
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 2959

Sylvia Cante
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 3134

PhD projects with this group

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Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers

The Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers group is led by Dr Jacob Mackenzie.

Visible upconversion laser setup: blue emission with red and infrared excitation

Our group investigates novel laser sources with an emphasis on the advantages of a planar gain media geometry. We look to extend the current parameter space available from solid-state laser architectures, through materials research, attention to thermal management, targeted spectroscopic characteristics, and geometric compatibility with high-power diode-laser pump sources. Predominantly capitalising on crystalline gain media, we are exploring exciting opportunities not achievable via standard routes, thus enabling difficult or weak laser transitions. While constantly emerging applications continue to be a foundation for new developments, our current emphasis is placed on increasing the range of accessible wavelengths and demonstrating power-
                                                           scalable solutions in pulsed and CW regimes.

Central research themes

Efficient, compact, and powerful solid-state laser systems, difficult to realise
   using other laser-media geometries
Novel waveguide structures for robust spatial mode selection
Cryogenic operation of lasers at high powers
Waveguide amplifiers
Pulsed planar waveguide lasers with high-peak powers
Ultra-fast high repetition rate compact lasers
Visible laser devices
Devices, compatible with high average-power diode-pumping

Current projects

We are recruiting. Find out about our fully funded PhD projects for UK students. 

All our fully funded places include paid tuition fees and a tax-free bursary to cover your living expenses.

UK enhanced stipend: 18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years

EU and international bursary: based on research council set stipend level. In 2015 this was 14,057 tax free per annum for up to 3.5 years

For full details please visit Funding your PhD. 


Within the ORC and University of Southampton (UoS) the Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers group collaborates closely with:

Advanced Solid State Sources Group (ORC)
Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) Group (ORC)
Institute of Cryogenics (Engineering and the Environment, UoS)
Functional Inorganic, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry (Chemistry, UoS) 

Academic partners include:

Institute of Laser Physics, Hamburg University

Externally, the group has support from companies such as:

 Laser Micromachining
 Rofin Sinar UK
 Gooch and Housego


For a list of selected recent publications, including invited papers, refereed conference papers and refereed journal papers, please click here.

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