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PhD viva success!

December 2021

Congratulations to Angus Bridges on successfully defending his thesis on 13th December 2021.

His thesis title is “Optical metrology to support the next generation of nanopositioning”.

Angus spent the majority of his time working at NPL and is now an employee there working in Dimensional Metrology Group.


PhD viva success!

September 2021

Congratulations  to James Bremner who successfully defended his thesis on multiplexed tunable diode laser spectroscopy using range-resolved interferometry!


Farewell to Thomas Kissinger

September 2021

Engineering Photonics bids farewell to Thomas Kissinger who returns to his native Germany to take up a position as Junior Professor at the Technical University of Ilmenau. His new role in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will see him lead the new department of nanofabrication and nanomeasurement technology, in which he will research precision machines for nanometer-accurate production and analysis technology.

Before he left, we did find an opportunity to enjoy a shared lunch in the gardens of the Cranfield Student Association, and was, for many of us, a first gathering since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. Those who were not able to attend in person joined remotely through Microsoft Teams. During the lunch, Thomas was presented with a print of Michelson’s original interferometer design for measuring the velocity of light.

Lunch in the CSA gardens for Thomas’ farewell. (L-R: Sam Gibson, Kieran Wiseman, James Barrington, James Bremner, Tom Charrett, Thomas Kissinger, Sivaji Pillai, Steve Staines, Steve James, and Nick Davis).


OSA Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress

July 2021

This OSA Meeting will be presented in a virtual, web-conference format due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

OSA’s Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress provides the forum to facilitate reporting the latest optical-based sensor advances, bring together major sensor developers and users, and provide a showcase for the latest sensor prototypes and products.

The Congress comprises a number of topical meetings, including meetings on Applied and Fourier Transform spectroscopy, Optical Sensors, and Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment, on which Jane Hodgkinson is on the technical committee.

EP papers

Standoff measurement of spectral changes in UV-aged bitumen
N M Davis, J Hodgkinson, C Browne*, K Nesnas*, A Wright* and R P Tatam
*TRL, Wokingham, UK


International Day of Light!

June 2021

The 21st EUSPEN International Conference & Exhibition will now be taking place virtually in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

EUSPENs international conference and exhibition provides a leading forum for industrialists and academics alike to review the best of world-wide industrial innovation, progressive research and technology developments. Delegates will gain an insight into the precision engineering and nanotechnology priorities of Europe’s leading industrial nation. This event offers the possibility to see latest advances in traditional precision engineering fields such as metrologyultra precision machiningadditive and replication processesprecision mechatronic systems & control and precision cutting processes. Furthermore, topics will be addressed covering robotics and automationsustainable energy systemsprecision design in large scale applications and applications of precision engineering in biomedical sciences.

EP papers

Optical fibre-coupled displacement and angle measurements using range-resolved Interferometry
K B Wiseman, T Kissinger, and R P Tatam

Highly linear, compact and cost-effective sensor probes for displacement measurements using range-resolved interferometry
T Kissinger, K B Wiseman, and R P Tatam

International Day of Light!

May 2021

The International Day of Light is celebrated each year on 16th May. It is a global initiative to provide a focal point for the continued appreciation of light and light based technology and the role it plays in all our lives in science, education, culture and art, and sustainable development across fields as diverse as medicine, communications, energy, aerospace and healthcare. IDL aims to raise awareness of the critical role light plays to help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality and peace.

The 16th May date every year was chosen to celebrate the International Day of Light as it is the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by Theodore Maiman.

Further information can be found at and on the websites of SPIE and the OSA.


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