School of Physics & Astronomy

Photonics Research

Photonics Research at St Andrews

The School undertakes research in both theoretical and experimental areas of photonics. There is a significant interaction with industrial organisations, part of which is led by our Photonics Innovation Centre. We provide links below to the pages maintained by the various research groups.

The Wellcome Trust is funding strategic support at St Andrews to strengthen research at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics and medicine. These would typically be a precursor to more substantive funding. Details may be found at this website:

Ultrashort pulse laser

Laser Physics & Technology

Ultrashort pulse lasers

Nonlinear optics

Photonics innovation centre


Nikon microscope specially adapted for biophotonics

Biophotonics & Optical Manipulation

Biophotonics collaboration

Optical trapping

Single-molecule biophysics

Soft Matter Photonics

Semiconductor material engineered in the School for photonic waveguiding


Organic semiconductor centre


Synthetic Optics

Theory of Quantum Nanomaterials

Polymer light emitters

Semiconductor Optoelectronics

Polymer optoelectronics




Theoretical metamaterials to create an invisibility cloack

Quantum Optics & Information

Experimental quantum optics

Theoretical quantum optics

Theoretical quantum information

Cold atoms

Quantum optics & information

Passive mm-wave hand with temperature coding

mm-Wave & High-Field ESR

ESR Applications

Millimetre-wave physics and THz technology

High-field EPR

Parametric THz generation

Terahertz instrumentation

Three of the many research team leaders in photonics in the School - Prof Dholakia, Dr Korolkova, Prof Samuel

Team Leaders

The link on the person's name below brings up the research profile of that person held by the University; the topic areas listed below link to the relevant group web pages.

Bernd Braunecker -

Tom Brown - Biophotonics

Donatella Cassettari - Cold atoms

Kishan Dholakia - Optical trapping, biophotonics

Andrea Di Falco - Synthetic Optics

Malcolm Dunn - Nonlinear optics

Malte Gather - Biophotonics & biophysics

Frieder Koenig - Experimental quantum optics

Natalia Korolkova - Theoretical quantum optics and information

Brendon Lovett - Theory of Quantum Nanomaterials

Carlos Penedo Esteiro - Single molecule biophotonics

Cameron Rae - Photonics Innovation Centre

Ifor Samuel - Organic semiconductors, biophotonics

Graham Smith - Millimetre wave physics, high field ESR

Graham Turnbull - Organic lasers


Last updated BDS 25.8.11