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Research group

Advanced Fibre Applications

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We are dedicated to exploring advanced applications of cutting-edge optical fibres, with a special emphasis on hollow core fibres. These fibres are designed and fabricated by the Zepler Institute Hollow Core Fibre group, while our group focuses on aspects of these newly-emerging fibres from the ‘user perspective’.

About

Our group discovers new areas where optical fibres can revolutionize the field and collaborates with world-leading researchers in these areas. We also develop components needed to use these new fibres, e.g., their interfacing to existing systems. 

As well as this, we specialize in time and frequency metrology, working closely with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), benefiting from emerging technologies such as Optical Frequency Combs. We study how improved timing accuracy will improve a range of applications from telecom/datacom to navigation, and fundamental physics (e.g., gravitational waves detection, quantum, study of chemical reactions, etc.).  

Specific topics of interest are:  

  • Distributed measurement techniques along fibres mainly for their characterization, but also applicable to distributed sensing 
  • Studying components made of hollow core fibres such as high-finesse Fabry-Perot resonators
  • Evacuation of hollow core fibres to enhance their performance in selected applications such as ultrastable fibre interferometers  
  • Hollow core fibres with reduced sensitivity to environment changes (temperature, vibration, acoustic) and their applications 
  • Ultra-stable fibre interferometers and lasers (“stable optical oscillators”) locked to these stable references 
  • Timing and frequency distribution for high-resolution ranging, spectroscopy, microwave generation, astronomy, geodesy, sensing, etc. 
  • High-fidelity generation and transmission of THz signals 

 

People, projects, publications and PhDs

People

Mr Bertalan Patko

Email: b.patko@soton.ac.uk

Tel: +447845856720

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

Mr Bo Shi

Email: s.bo@soton.ac.uk

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

Dr Meng Ding

Research Fellow

Professor Radan Slavik

Professorial Fellow-Research

Research interests

  • Fibre optics
  • Ultrastable fibre interferometers
  • High-accuracy measurement

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: r.slavik@soton.ac.uk

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

Mr Xuhao Wei

Email: x.wei@soton.ac.uk

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

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Enquiries

Professor Radan Slavik welcomes email enquiries.
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