Research showcase

Highlights of the recognition and reach of the Emergent Photonics Research Centre.

Our research is widely published in the most prestigious journals, and we are invited to present our findings at conferences worldwide. In 2022, our Director was elected as an Optica Fellow, acknowledging his contribution to advances in the field of optics.

UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase

We will reveal our resilient, set-and-forget solution to keep the next generation of atomic clock ticking.

Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London
Friday 11 November, 2022

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High parametric efficiency in laser cavity-soliton microcombs

This open access article details how we theoretically and experimentally study the soliton conversion efficiency between the narrowband input pulse and the two outputs of a four-port integrated microcavity, namely the ‘Drop’ and ‘Through’ ports.

We simultaneously measure on-chip, single-soliton conversion efficiencies of 45% and 25% for the two broadband comb outputs at the ‘Drop’ and ‘Through’ ports of a 48.9 GHz free-spectral range micro-ring resonator, obtaining a total conversion efficiency of 72%.

Published in Optics Express, October 2022

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Self-emergence of robust solitons in a micro-cavity

This open access article details how we overcame a major obstacle in the development of portable atomic clocks - namely, how to reliably activate their counting device and keep it running.

It was published in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sussex, City University of Hong Kong, the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China), Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS, Canada), and the University of Strathclyde.

Published in Nature, August 2022

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Advanced Photonics Congress, Maastricht

In July 2022, members of the team presented a range of research at the Congress:

  • Frequency control of Laser Cavity Solitons for metrological applications - Antonio Cutrona
  • Terahertz 3D micro-tomography via time-resolved nonlinear ghost imaging - Dr Luana Olivieri
  • Deterministic Terahertz wave control in complex media - Vivek Kumar
  • Spatiotemporal superfocusing of ultrafast Terahertz waves in complex media - Vittorio Cecconi
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Centre Director elected as Optica Fellow

Professor Marco Peccianti was among the 2022 cohort, elected to Optica’s prestigious Fellows for sustained pioneering contributions in the field of optical complexity and the development of novel terahertz applications based on ultrafast nonlinear photonics.

The number of elected Fellows does not exceed 10% of the total number of Optica members across the globe, and the number of members elected each year is only about 0.5% of the current total. 

Formerly OSA, Optica is a professional international authority in the field of optics in the United States.

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