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Professor Francesco Poletti

Professor Francesco Poletti

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Address: B53, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)


Prof. Francesco Poletti leads two main areas of research at the ORC. He is head of the Hollow Core Fibre group, an interdisciplinary team devoted to the modelling and fabrication of ground-breaking optical fibres that guide light in air, and of the Compound Glass and Fibre Group, that is devoted to the development of non-silica based optical fibres and devices.

He is a well-known figure in in the international optical fibre community for his work on nonlinear optics, special optical fibres, and in particular hollow core optical fibres, a topic on which he has presented over 25 invited, tutorial and key-note speeches at major international conferences. Over the years, he has contributed to (and chaired) several technical program committees at conferences, including OFC, ECOC, SOF, WSOF and OECC.

Prof Poletti has co-authored over 400 publications in international journals and conferences (more than 200 related to aspects of hollow core fibre technology) and produced over 10 granted patents.

For his research on hollow core fibres (HCF), in 2009 he was awarded Fellowships from the Royal Academy of Engineering and from the Royal Society. He has been a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2009 to 2017, and he currently holds an ERC consolidator grant (Lightpipe, 2017-2021).

Overall, he has been Principal Investigator on over 15 grants from Industry, UK Research Councils and EU, totalling over £10M in direct funding. Besides, he was one of the originators and a workpackage leader in a very successful EU FP7 project MODEGAP (2008-2012) in the field of space division multiplexing. He is also currently Co-Investigator in two large EPSRC programmes: the EPSRC Programme Grant Airguide Photonics and the EPSRC Photonics Manufacturing Hub.

He is the co-founder of Lumenisity Ltd, a startup company developing HCF based cable technology for optical data communications.

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