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Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers
The Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers group is led by Dr Jacob Mackenzie.
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
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:
Externally, the group has support from companies such as:
For a list of selected recent publications, including invited papers, refereed conference papers and refereed journal papers, please click here.
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