Supervisors: Dr Keith Wilcox and Dr Sam Swift
This project will involve conducting research in novel, compact femtosecond lasers and their application to 2 photon, second harmonic and third harmonic imaging in fixed and live tissue samples. This will entail training in tissue imaging by multiphoton microscopy, physiology and pathophysiology of development and progression of disease (e.g. colonic cancer) and in the application of novel laser systems for assessment as illumination sources.
The objectives of this project are aimed at the development and production of compact femtosecond semiconductor lasers for multi-photon imaging, and on comparing these lasers with other commercial femtosecond lasers, such fiber lasers.
Currently, the project is focused on building high power mode-locked VECSEL lasers (Vertical External Cavity Surface emitting lasers), and on applications of commercial femtosecond fiber lasers and VECSEL’s for multiphoton imaging.
Journal and Conference Papers and Posters
[November 2017] DBR free semiconductor disc laser on SiC heatspreader emitting 10.1W at 1007 nm, Shamil Mirkhanov, A.H. Quarterman, H. Kahle, R. Bek, R. Pecoroni, C.J.C.. Smyth, S. Vollmer, S. Swift, P. Michler, M. Jeter and K.G. Wilcox. Electronics Letters, Vol 53, Issue 23, pp. 1537-1539.
[February 2017] Optimal repetition rate and pulse duration studies for two photo imaging. Poster presented at the SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco, USA, 28th February 2017.
[August 2016] Experimental study of optimum repetition rate and pulse duration for multiphoton microscopy at 1030 nm. Oral presentation at the Biophotonic approaches: From molecules to living systems conference, Dundee, Scotland, 23rd August 2016.
[February 2016] Multi-photon imaging with high peak power VECSELs. Poster presented at SPIE Photonics West 2016, San Francisco, USA, 16th February 2016.