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Research interests

I am interested in light-matter interactions - how we can use light to manipulate individual atoms, or atoms to manipulate the properties of light. I am particularly interested in studying the behaviour of energetic (hot) electrons generated by light, or by a local electronic probe (the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope); how these hot electrons interact with atoms, molecules, and surface defects; and how they dissipate their energy on surfaces in two-dimensional materials. I am also interested in developing speciality low-loss hollow-core optical fibres for miniaturisation of alkali vapour devices. In addition, I work on exploiting the optical nonlinearity of exotic two-dimensional materials.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath

1 Oct 20121 Oct 2016

Award Date: 20 Oct 2016

Physics, Master in Science, University of Birmingham

1 Oct 200830 Jun 2012

Award Date: 5 Jul 2012

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