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Following a year in industry at Nortel Networks in Paignton, David joined the University of Surrey in 2001 as an undergraduate student studying electronic engineering. He subsequently undertook PhD studies under the guidance of Prof. Graham Reed investigating silicon based total internal reflection optical switches and more specifically methods of restricting free carrier diffusion within such devices. In 2008 he took up a role as a research fellow in the same research group leading the work package on silicon optical modulators within the largest European silicon photonics project named HELIOS. Within this project David designed the first silicon optical modulator operating at 50Gbit/s, which is currently the fastest silicon modulator in the world. In 2011 David presented invited talks at SPIE Photonics West and IEEE Group IV Photonics conferences and in 2012 was selected to present his work at the SET for Britain event in the Houses of Parliament. With the move to Southampton David hopes to take advantage of the cleanroom facilities to progress the silicon photonics packaging activity within the UKSP project. David has published over 50 papers/patents since 2006.
Dr David Thomson is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton and University of Southampton.