- Vice-Principal for Research (Research Strategy and Innovation Office)
- Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy (Physics and Astronomy)
Personal assistant: Ms Gail Brotherston
Personal webpage: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/research/groups/optics/
Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He heads an Optics Research Group covering a wide spectrum from blue-sky research to applied commercial development, funded by a combination of government charity and industry. In 2001 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2007/8 he was a Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society Senior Research Fellow. From 2009 he holds a Royal Society/Wolfson Merit Award. In 2011 he became a Fellow of the Optical Society and in 2012 a Fellow of SPIE. In 2014 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK's national academy.
In 2008 Padgett was awarded the UK Institute of Physics, Optics and Photonics Division Prize for a "distinguished record of achievement in research that spans fundamental aspects of optical angular momentum and applied optical sensors". In 2009 Padgett was awarded the Institute of Physics, Young Medal "for pioneering work on optical angular momentum". In 2014 he was awarded the Kelvin Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions to optics and his promotion of a global community of researchers. In 2015 he was awarded the Prize for Research into the Science of Light by the European Physical Society.
Padgett is recognised for his studies in the field of optics and in particular of optical angular momentum. His contributions include an optical spanner for spinning micron-sized cells, use of orbital angular momentum to increase the data capacity of communication systems and an angular form of the quantum Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox.
Padgett's group has published over 300 papers that have received approx. 12,000 citations in the world's leading scientific journals. He has made a number of TV and radio appearances and numerous public lectures, promoting science and technology to the widest possible audience.
Keywords (Orbital Angular Momentum; Optical Tweezers; Quantum Optics)
Honours, prizes and awards
- Young Medal of the Institute of Physics, 2009
- Kelvin Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2014
- Prize for Research into the Science of Light by the European Physical Society, 2015
- Holder of ERC Advanced Investigator Grant
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
- Fellow of the Institute of Physics
- Fellow of the Optical Society of America
- Fellow of SPIE
- Fellow of the Royal Society
Plenary & invited talks at international conferences
- Europhoton, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 2014
- Plenary Speaker, South African Institute of Physics, Annual Conference, Johannesburgh, South Africa, 2014
- Frontiers in Modern Optics, Enrico Fermi Summer School, Varenna, Italy, 2014
- SPIE Defense and Security, Baltimore, USA , 2014
- Quantum Information and Measurement, Berlin, Germany, 2014
- Physics of Quantum Electronics, Snowbird, USA, 2014
Participation in national & international policy and consultative committees
- Member of REF 2014 assessment panel (Physics)
- Member of Optoelectronics Committee, Rank Prize Fund