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Research Areas

Some of our research interests and current work areas are:

  • phase-only 2D/3D holography and spatial light modulation;
  • large area multi-stable reflective colour displays;
  • high frequency low loss tunable dielectrics and phase element applications;
  • liquid crystal based material systems and nano composites;
  • adaptable nano-photonic structures;
  • novel devices for electro-magnetic sensing;
  • phase-only liquid crystal over silicon (LCOS) modules;
  • smart chips and two-way optics;
  • optical system design for display, measurement and telecoms applications;
  • development of electronic driver and software interfaces for demonstrators.
  • hybrid propulsion system

Introduction of CPDS

Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors (CPDS) is in the Photonics area of the Electrical Engineering Division, with a research focus embracing photonic and sensing devices, functional materials and their integration at system level.

We aim to address future societal needs with new system functionalities through invention of novel device architectures based on in-depth understanding of basic material properties.

There is a wide range of activities within the group, including phase-only holography and its applications, high brightness multi-stable colour reflective displays, tunable dielectric materials and devices for radio frequencies, liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) device development, and novel sensors.

As well as conducting highly focused studies, we also specialise in the development of demonstrators for business exploitation and commercialisation. This is facilitated by multi-disciplinary expertise within the group and by our highly experienced team approach. Some of the outcomes from the group have been successfully transferred to our industrial collaborators for production.