Wilson Sibbett


  • KY16 9SS

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research overview

My research interests are centred mainly in the development, assessment and applications of ultrashort-pulse lasers and associated ultrafast diagnostics. A key breakthrough in this area was our development of self (or Kerr-lens) modelocked femtosecond solid-state lasers for which the titanium sapphire system was the archetype. I have used these and other femotosecond lasers in areas such as optoelectronics, nonlinear and waveguide optics and time-resolved spectroscopy for a range of studies in physics. I am the Director of a major interdisciplinary research collaboration (Ultrafast Photonics Collaboration) where the primary objective is to develop femtosecond datacomms networks that might ultimately offer data transfer speeds up 100Tb/s. More recently, other research interests has encompassed applications in biophotonics and medical photonics where a range of novel laser configurations are being designed for specific light-matter interactions.

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Future research

Ultrahigh-speed datacomms involving femtosecond lasers and biophotonics/medical-photonics

Industrial relevance

Optical telecommunications and optical data processing;optical electronics and electrooptics;photonics;ultrahigh speed electronics, photonics in biology and medicine

Academic/Professional Qualification

Ph.D., Laser Physics, Queen's University of Belfast; B.Sc., Physics, Queen's University of Belfast; Institute of Physics; Optical Society of America

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being