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Mr Austin Taranta

Mr Austin Taranta

Experimental Officer

Connect with Austin

Email: a.a.taranta@soton.ac.uk

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

About

Austin Taranta is a member of the technical staff supporting the microstructured and hollow-core optical fibre research group.  Austin received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.  Before joining the ORC, Austin was a Senior Optical Engineer in Honeywell Aerospace’s Strategic Sensors Group.  There he focused on the design and manufacture of high-performance fibre-optic gyroscopes for defence and space applications. Since joining the ORC in 2016, Austin has driven developments in several research areas, including fundamental investigations in fibre guidance properties, and application-driven research in emerging optical fibre sensors.  His current research focuses on characterising exotic polarization properties of hollow-core antiresonant fibres, understanding the physics and chemistry of hollow-fibres used in sensing, and developing novel sensors enabled by the unique performance characteristics of antiresonant fibres.  In his time at the ORC, he has been responsible for a multitude of research awards, including the development of key industrial partnerships and MoD grants.   He holds several patents and has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. 

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