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Optical fibres

Research interests

I am interested in how light travels along optical fibres, and in designing and making fibres so that the light travels in new and unusual ways. Examples include fibres that change along their lengths (eg tapered fibres), split and combine to form new waveguides (eg photonic lanterns), or incorporate patterns of air holes and other material variations across their structures (eg photonic crystal fibres and multi-core fibres). We gain understanding of these things by theory and simulations, and also by the use of our experimental facilities for fabricating fibres and post-processing them. This leads to benefits for applications such optical telecommunication, medical sensing and imaging, and astronomical instrumentation.

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Projects 2003 2022

spectrographs
photonics
fibers
optical fibers
telescopes
hollow
delivery
fibers
wavelengths
optical fibers

BRIGHTLASE (Phase 1)

Wadsworth, W. & Birks, T.

Innovate UK

23/04/1423/06/14

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1997 2019

185nm Guidance in a Hollow Core Optical Fibre

Winter, B., Vorobiev, D., Fleming, B., Witt, E., Gilliam, W., Rusimova, K., Yerolatsitis, S., Birks, T. & Wadsworth, W., 15 Sep 2019, OSA Technical Digest. OSA Publishing, JTu3A.19. (OSA Technical Digest).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

A fibre that guides an airy pattern

Gris-Sánchez, I. & Birks, T. A., 1 Jan 2019, Proceedings 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015. OSA Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Attenuation limit of silica-based hollow-core fiber at mid-IR wavelengths

Yu, F., Song, P., Wu, D., Birks, T., Bird, D. & Knight, J., 12 Aug 2019, In : APL Photonics. 4, 8, 080803.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Endoscopic sensing of distal lung physiology

Choudhury, D., Tanner, M. G., McAughtrie, S., Yu, F., Mills, B., Choudhary, T. R., Seth, S., Craven, T. H., Stone, J. M., Mati, I. K., Campbell, C. J., Bradley, M., Williams, C. K. I., Dhaliwal, K., Birks, T. A. & Thomson, R. R., 18 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 1151, 1, 012009.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access

Multimode Hollow-Core Anti-Resonant Optical Fibres

Winter, B., Birks, T. & Wadsworth, W., 15 Sep 2019, Frontiers in Optics and Laser Science APS/DLS. OSA Publishing, JTu4A.18. (OSA Technical Digest).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Thesis

Adiabatically Tapered All-Fibre Devices for Mode Manipulation

Author: Yerolatsitis, S., 12 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Birks, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Aerogel and Fibre Optics

Author: Grogan, M., 1 Nov 2010

Supervisor: Birks, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Hole Control in Photonic Crystal Fibres

Author: Chen, Y., 15 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Birks, T. (Supervisor) & Wadsworth, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Manipulation of mode coupling in optical fibres

Author: Harrington, K., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Birks, T. (Supervisor) & Knight, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Novel fibres for endoscopy

Author: Wood, H., 1 May 2019

Supervisor: Birks, T. (Supervisor) & Knight, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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