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Professor Dan Hewak leads a research group investigating novel glasses for optoelectronic devices. He obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989, where he studied planar optical waveguides and devices. He spent three years with the National Optics Institute in Quebec City before joining the ORC. Since 1991 he has been with the ORC where he has developed a broad range of experience in new glasses, and in particular chalcogenide glasses. In the past five years he has worked on 10 major projects, 6 as project leader and participated in 8 EPSRC funded projects as a principle and co-investigator. Relevant past EPSRC funded work includes integrated microsphere circuits, from which the world’s first chalcogenide glass microsphere and microsphere lasers emerged, optical and electronic phase change memory and work on advancing the applications of chalcogenide glass and photonic devices. He has published over 160 refereed papers and is the holder of eleven patents for novel glasses and their applications. He has presented his work internationally as both invited and contributed talks. Dan has an extensive network of UK and international collaborators, both in academia and industry and serves on the TC20 Committee of the International Congress on Glass. He is the editor of a textbook published by the IEE entitled Properties, Processing and Applications of Glass and Rare-Earth Doped Glasses for Optical Fibres and section editor for Optical Materials in the journal Current Opinion in Solid State Materials.

Research income to date: £1.54 million

Research interests: optical materials, optical devices, optoelectronic devices and circuits, optical fibres and waveguides, plasmonics, metamaterials, phase change media

Current research projects:

  • EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics

  • Ion implantation into Amorphous chalcogenides for novel optoelectronics

  • Nanostructured Photonic Metamaterials

  • Integrated Microsphere Planar Lightwave Circuits

  • Portfolio Partnership in Photonics

Number of current students: one

Number of previous students supervised to completion: six

External activities: Founding Director, ChG Southampton Ltd

Associations: Optical Society of American, Institute of Physics

Member of external bodies, or professional organisations: International Congress on Glass

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