Bill Brocklesby started in research at the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford, working on laser spectroscopy. He worked as a post-doctoral member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell laboratories, where he worked on novel spectroscopy of rare-earth doped optical fibres. He moved to Southampton as a lecturer in the Physics Department in 1989, and moved to the ORC (now Zepler Institute) in 2003. At present he is an Associate Professor in the Zepler Institute.
- Bill Brocklesby’s research has centered around novel imaging & microscopy techniques in the visible and XUV spectral regions over the last 10-15 years.
- He is at present working on coherent diffractive imaging of nanoscale systems using XUV radiation generated by high-power ultrashort pulse lasers. This interest in high-power ultrafast lasers led to involvement in the ICAN project, conceived by Gérard Mourou and Toshiki Tajima, which studied large-scale beam combination of ultrafast fibre lasers for wake-field acceleration.
- Dr Brocklesby was Project Manager of ICAN, and large-scale beam combination remains a topic of interest.
- Dr Brocklesby also has extensive research experience in Raman microscopy, near-field techniques such as scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM), atomic force microscopy, & scanning tunneling microscopy, as well as a background in optical spectroscopy of rare-earth doped materials and optical fibres.