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Prof. Dholakia awarded SPIE Dennis Gabor Award 2018

Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, School of Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh, St. Andrews, Fife, is the 2018 winner of the Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of his work in optical beam shaping using dynamic and static diffractive optics. This work has led to paradigm shifts in manipulation, nano-surgery and imaging and has enabled new routes for the understanding of holographic light fields for a range of applications.

Read more about the award on the SPIE page.


Posted: 23/01/2018

We are hiring: Vacancies for 4 postdocs in imaging and manipulation

We are hiring! As part of our #shapedphotonics Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Programme Grant (Resonant and shaped photonics for understanding the physical and biomedical worlds), we have four research fellow vacancies in photonics, to be held in School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, University of St Andrews. Closing date for all posts is 24th November. See for more details, using the reference numbers:

AR1378SB Light-sheet imaging
AR2001SB Optical manipulation for applications in optomechanics and biology
AR2002SB+AR2003SB Raman spectroscopy, Optical Coherence Tomography or Light-sheet imaging for biological applications.

Applications for these positions have now closed.


Posted: 30/10/2017.

Prof. Dholakia awarded IOP Thomas Young Medal and Prize 2017

Professor Kishan Dholakia of this School has been awarded the Institute of Physics Thomas Young Medal and Prize for 2017. This prestigious award is for his “contributions to the field of optical micromanipulation using shaped light fields in liquid, air and vacuum”.

The citation goes on to talk about Prof Dholakia’s “internationally acknowledged and distinguished reputation for his work … including new insights into the understanding of complex light fields and their propagation”.

School of Physics & Astronomy Press Release

Posted: 30/06/2017

New class of laser wavemeter breaks the glass ceiling

The precise wavelength of a laser is important in numerous applications, but measuring changes of wavelength to one part in ten thousand million has been quite demanding. Our group has invented a new technique for doing such measurements based on the random scattering of laser light from a rough surface. This breakthrough could revolutionise the use of lasers in certain applications in quantum technologies and in healthcare.

Check out the article here: 10.1038/ncomms15610
University of St Andrews press release
School of Physics & Astronomy press release


Posted: 06/06/2017

Celebrating 40 years of Optics Letters – Top Papers

OSA journal, Optics Letters, turns 40 this year and as part of the celebrations they are compiling a list of their top 100 cited articles. Currently numbers 26-100 are listed here. Numbers 1-25 will be released later in the year.

We are very pleased to note that our group leader, Prof. Kishan Dholakia, is featured on the list. The article, “Mechanical equivalence of spin and orbital angular momentum of light: an optical spanner” is number 53, with 539 citations as of Jan 4th 2017 (Clarivate Analytics).

Mechanical equivalence of spin and orbital angular momentum of light: an optical spanner
N. B. Simpson, K. Dholakia, L. Allen, and M. J. Padgett
Optics Letters 22(1), 52-54 (1997)
doi: 10.1364/OL.22.000052


Posted: 31/05/2017

Alternative impact: Tracking our publications with Altmetric

While citations are still the most recognised academic kudos, the growing use of digital media offers many different avenues for impact and dissemination of results. Altmetric tracks these alternative metrics to measure impact of publications. We are now adding Altmetric badges to our publication listings, hover over the badges for more information.

Why not check out our top 10 articles, currently ranking highest on Altmetric below.

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