Michael Strain

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Michael Strain is a lecturer in Photonic Semiconductor Devices at the Institute of Photonics, with a primary interest in integrated photonics technologies. Michael obtained a MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 2002 and a MASc in Photonics from the University of Toronto in 2004. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2008 for advances in dispersion engineering in on-chip integrated waveguide systems and mode-locked semiconductor lasers. Michael subsequently took up a post-doctoral research post at the University of Glasgow to work on a variety of integrated optics platforms. In particular he developed III-V Ring, DFB, DBR and Mode-locked micro-lasers in AlGaAs and InP platforms, integrating a number of discrete functionalities on-chip. In addition he advanced a silicon photonics nanofabrication activity, developing functional building blocks for application in flexible and reconfigurable Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). Devices from this work were realised for all-optical signal processing, bio-sensing and the generation of optical vortex beams. Michael’s current research interests cover Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for applications from all-optical signal processing and sensing, to cavity enhanced non-linear interactions. On the SOI platform Michael is developing actively reconfigurable PICs through the design and combination of individual nanophotonic devices such as resonators, filters, waveguides and grating devices. He is also working on the heterogeneous integration of complimentary materials on a single substrate for broad functionality in integrated optical systems. Key interests: Photonic Integrated Circuits Silicon photonics in the Near and Mid-IR III-V micro-lasers Optical lab-on-a-chip

Michael Strain is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Institute of Photonics and University of Strathclyde.

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