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Photonics and Biophotonics

Photonics is of ever increasing importance impacting on a huge range of applications and has 20% of UK based physicists employed in this sector.

The impact of photonics can be found on almost every application from cancer detection and cure to anti-personnel mine clearing or speeding-up your computer processor.

The activity of our research unit includes fundamental work on light matter interactions, the physics of gain and recombination in quantum confined structures and also embraces colloidal dots and collaborations with medicine and bioscience, all ultimately leading to device and measurement applications.

Our current interrelated topics include Biophotonics, Integrated Optoelectronics, Nanophotonics, and the physics of ensembles of quantum dots and of individual dots and their environment (colloidal and epitaxial).

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