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Andy Clarkson received a BSc (HONS) first class degree in Physics from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1984 and a Ph.D. degree in Laser Physics from the University of Southampton (UK) in 1991. He joined the newly formed Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton in 1989 and was promoted to a Chair in Optoelectronics in 2004. Professor Clarkson currently leads the Advanced Solid-State Sources group at the ORC. His principal research interest is the development of novel coherent light sources with particular emphasis on power-scaling and brightness-scaling of fibre and crystal-based solid-state lasers and amplifiers, thermal effects and their mitigation, optical resonators and mode control, diode pump coupling schemes and nonlinear frequency conversion. He has made a number of important contributions to this field and was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2005. Professor Clarkson has given a number invited and plenary conference presentations in the field of high-power lasers and has published over 200 conference and journal papers. He has served on the technical programme committees of a number of major international conferences, including CLEO, CLEO-Europe, Advanced Solid-State Photonics and the Europhoton conference on Solid-State and Fibre Coherent Light Sources. He has also served as a committee member and Bursary Secretary for the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group of the Institute of Physics (UK), and as a Topical Editor for Optics Letters from 2000 to 2006.
Prof Andy Clarkson is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics, University of Southampton, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton and University of Southampton.