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Welcome to the University of Southampton VECSEL group pages.
We work in close collaboration with the THz group. Their website can be found here

Group photo, 16 September 2011. From left to right you see: Duncan McBryde, Adrian Quarterman, Aaron Chung, Mark Barnes, Hani Kbashi, Robin Head, Anne Tropper, Oliver Morris, Geoff Daniell and Keith Wilcox.


VECSEL research news:


  • 22/02/2013 New Paper: 'Comment on SESAM-free mode-locked semiconductor disk laser', Early View, Laser and Photonics Reviews.
  • 24/01/2013 New Paper: 'Supercontinuum Generation with GHz Repetition Rate Femtosecond-Pulse Fiber-Amplified VECSELs', Vol. 99, Forthcoming, Photonics Technology Letters.
  • 16/01/2013 New Paper: '4.35 kW peak power femtosecond pulse mode-locked VECSEL for supercontinuum generation', Vol. 21, p 1599-1605, Optics Express.
  • 04/10/2012 Conference Presentation: Keith, Andy, Robin and Olly are presenting at Photonics West, San Francisco, in 2013.
  • 01/10/2012 Conference Presentation: Robin and Keith are both presenting at the VeCSEL Workshop, in Montpellier, 17-18th October 2012.
  • 15/05/2012 Newsroom Article: 'Surface emitting semiconductor lasers produce flexible femtosecond pulse trains', SPIE Newsroom.
  • 26/04/2012 Book Chapter: 'Ultrafast Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Semiconductor Lasers', in Advances in Semiconductors and Semimetals, Elsevier, 2012.
  • 12/03/2012 New Paper: ' 175 GHz, 400-fs-pulse harmonically mode-locked surface emitting semiconductor laser.' Vol 20 p7040-7045, Optics Express.


    VECSEL people news:


  • 01/10/2012 Visiting Researcher: Dr Hani Kbashi has returned to our group as a visiting researcher from the University of Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 01/10/2012 PhD students: We are pleased to announce that Ed Shaw has started a PhD in Keith's group.
  • 15/05/2012 EPSRC Fellowship: We are pleased to announce that Keith has secured an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship, enabling him to develop his research, and build his own group over the next 5 years.
  • 15/09/2011 PhD students: We are pleased to announce that Robin Head has joined us in 2011 to continue his PhD research.
  • 04/07/2011 Post Doctoral Researcher: Adrian left us in October 2011 to continue his post doctoral career at the University of Cambridge.


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