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Doctor Jacob Mackenzie

Dr Jacob Mackenzie

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Waveguide amplifiers and lasers
  • Cryogenically cooled lasers for peak and average power scaling
  • Ultra-fast high repetition rate compact lasers

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Address: B46, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ


Dr Jacob Mackenzie is an Associate Professor in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton. He leads the Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers (PWSL) research group working on novel laser gain-materials and architectures. Before joining the ORC, Jacob was an Electro-Optic Engineer with the BAE Systems, Australia (1995-1999). Awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Southampton in 2003, he became a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) from 2004 - 2009. Currently, he is a member of the EPSRC College, and senior member of the Optical Society of America and SPIE.

A conference co-chair of “Fiber Lasers and Glass Photonics: Materials through Applications” at SPIE Photonics Europe, Dr Mackenzie has also served on the technical committees of several of the major international laser conferences, such as, SPIE Photonics West - Solid State Lasers: Technology and Devices (2009-current), CLEO–Europe - Solid State Lasers (2011-2017), and OSA - Advanced Solid State Lasers (2014-2018). Since 2016, he has been a co-editor of the journal Applied Physics B – Lasers and Optics.

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