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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

IRC Proteus II

Birks, T., Knight, J. & Stone, J.


Project: Research council

optical fibers
Molecular Imaging
Intensive Care Units
Point-of-Care Systems
optical fibers

Research Output 1997 2018

Adiabatic broadband four-wave mixing frequency conversion in optical fibers

Ding, X., Harrington, K., Wright, L., Chang, W. Z., Wise, F., Birks, T., Suchowski, H. & Moses, J., 1 Jan 2018, CLEO - Science and Innovations, CLEO_SI 2018: Volume Part F94-CLEO_SI 2018. OSA Publishing, Vol. Part F94-CLEO_SI 2018. 2 p.

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

Four wave mixing
Optical fibers
Infrared radiation

High-resolution air-clad imaging fibers

Wood, H., Harrington, K., Birks, T., Knight, J. & Stone, J., 1 Nov 2018, In : Optics Letters. 43, 21, p. 5311-5314 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Ultra-low background Raman sensing using a negative-curvature fibre and no distal optics

Yerolatsitis, S., Yu, F., McAughtrie, S., Tanner, M. G., Fleming, H., Stone, J. M., Campbell, C. J., Birks, T. A. & Knight, J. C., 23 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Biophotonics. e201800239.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Adiabatic mode multiplexers

Birks, T. A., Yerolatsitis, S. & Harrington, K., 31 May 2017, Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition (OFC), 2017 . IEEE, 7937267

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

Optical fibers
optical fibers
3 Citations (Scopus)

All-fibre pseudo-slit reformatters

Yerolatsitis, S., Harrington, K. & Birks, T. A., 7 Aug 2017, In : Optics Express. 25, 16, p. 18713-18721 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Sol-gel Optical Fibre

Author: Dong, T., 9 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Birks, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil