- Professor of Optical and Quantum Electronics (Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering)
R208 Level 2
74 Oakfield Avenue
School of Engineering
Glasgow G12 8LS
Current Research Projects
Professor David C. Hutchings, FInstP SMIEEE, is a world leading expert on nonlinear optics and optoelectronic integration in semiconductors and was appointed to a personal chair in Optical and Quantum Electronics at the University of Glasgow in 2004. His research interests and experience encompasses nonlinear optics, monolithic and heterogeneous optoelectronic integration, semiconductor theory and modelling, and computational electromagnetics.
Following valuable postdoctoral experience at CREOL, Univ. of Central Florida, he held prestiguous fellowships at the University of Glasgow from the Royal Society of Edinburgh & Scottish Office/Executive (1992--1995, 2003) and EPSRC (1995--2000). He served (2005--2010) as the Head of the Graduate School (Associate Dean) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Glasgow, and provided leadership in Knowledge Exchange activities as the Eng.D. in System Level Integration Academic Programme Director.
He has extensive experience in successfully directing and managing research council projects as principal investigator, including leading successful collaborative experimental programmes. He has authored over 80 papers in leading, peer-reviewed journals and over 160 conference presentations.
He represented the IEEE Photonics Society on the Joint Council for Quantum Electronics and the International Council for Quantum Electronics 2007-2013. He co-chaired the Quantum Electronics and Photonics 15 conference. He has chaired technical subcommittees for CLEO and Nonlinear Guided Waves.
He enjoys hill-walking and completed all 284 Munros in 2007.
Hutchings, D.C., and Holmes, B.M.
A waveguide polarization toolset design based on mode beating.
IEEE Photonics Journal, 3
Wagner, S.J., Holmes, B.M., Younis, U., Sigal, I., Helmy, A.S., Aitchison, S.J., and Hutchings, D.C.
Difference frequency generation by quasi-phase matching in periodically intermixed semiconductor superlattice waveguides.
IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 47
Hutchings, D.C., Wagner, S.J., Holmes, B.M., Younis, U., Helmy, A.S., and Aitchison, J.S.
Type-II quasi phase matching in periodically intermixed semiconductor superlattice waveguides.
Optics Letters, 35
Wagner, S.J., Holmes, B.M., Younis, U., Helmy, A.S., Aitchison, J.S., and Hutchings, D.C.
Continuous wave second-harmonic generation using domain-disordered quasi-phase matching waveguides.
Applied Physics Letters, 94
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Current Research Students
Ms. Cui Zhang, Integrated waveguide optical isolators
Ms. Yixuan Zhu, High Fidelity Simulation of Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits
Prospective Research Students
The following projects are currently available for study towards a PhD
Development of an on-chip correlated photon source for quantum technologies
The Minister for Universities and Science has recently announced that the UK government will be investing in Quantum Technologies. A key requirement for a number of proposed applications, particularly in Quantum Communication, is an entangled photon source at optical communication wavelengths.
This project, to develop an on-chip source on a III-V semiconductor chip, builds on a previous collaborative project with the University of Toronto and addresses an emerging demand for low-cost, compact and flexible optical sources in the near- and mid-infrared wavelength regions. The principal advantage of the quasi-phase-matching frequency conversion approach utilised here is that the wavelength to be generated is not fixed by the bandgap of the semiconductor at the wafer growth stage, but is instead determined by lithography in the post-growth processing. We have recently demonstrated an externally-pumped continuous-wave correlated photon source in AlGaAs superlattice waveguides with a high coincidence-to-accidental ratio, and a high brightness [Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 251115 (2013)].
The III-V semiconductor platform facilitates the monolithic integration of on-chip pump lasers. The concept of vertical integration will be explored, where a wafer is designed with multiple-layers so that the guided mode is evanescently coupled to separate gain layers. This will avoid the design compromise of having the laser and nonlinear functions in the same layers that we previously studied.
I am the Senior Adviser for the undergraduate programmes (M.Eng., B.Eng. or B.Sc. in Engineering) for the Electronics & Electrical Engineering discipline.
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I also can be consulted at surgeries in my office (74 Oakfield Avenue, room 208). The next scheduled surgery is:
- 2-3pm, Tue 30th Sept 2014