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Professor Radan Slavik

Professor Radan Slavik

Professorial Fellow-Research

Research interests

  • In recent years, there have been significant developments in lightwave technologies enabling wide exploitation of optical phase, as exemplified in particular by the dawn of Coherent Optical Communications - the key enabler for the growth in the capacity of the Internet. This is due to many key breakthroughs in laser technology (low-noise low-cost and compact lasers), new revolutionary concepts that have recently  been introduced (e.g., the Optical Frequency Comb, the significance of which was demonstrated by the award of a Nobel Prize in 2005), and significant advances in electronics that, thanks to the increased speeds now possible, can accommodate the processing of very complicated coherent (amplitude + phase) signals.
  • Another exciting field is Hollow Core Optical fibres, which guides ligth in a central hole surrounded by a microstructure that prevents light escaping from the core. Although known for over 20 years, only very recently their fabrication enabled them to use their full potential. 

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Address: B46, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)


Prof. Radan Slavik, DSc, FOSA joined the University of Southampton in 2009. His previous appointments include:

2004 - 2008   Principal Research Scientist, Head of Fibre Grating group, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czechia

2000 - 2003    Post-doctoral research fellow, Centre of Optics, Photonics and Lasers, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

Key memberships and education:

2019   Professorial Fellow at the University of Southampton

2018   Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA)

2009   DSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Photonics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia

2007   Senior member of IEEE

2000   PhD in Nonlinear and Quantum Optics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czechia

Recipient of several prestigious fellowships:

2018 – 2023  Senior Research Fellowship, Royal Academy of Engineering UK

2012 - 2017 Early-Career Research Fellowship, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK

2010 – 2003  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Advanced Researcher Individual Fellowship, EU-FP7

Researcher unique identifier(s): 

ORCID: 0000-0002-9336-4262 , ResearcherID: A-4300-2015

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