- Dean of Research (Science and Engineering College Senior Management)
- Senate Assesor (Senate Office)
- Kelvin Chair Natural Philosophy (Physics and Astronomy)
R157B Level 1
Physics & Astronomy
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Personal webpage: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/research/groups/optics/
Miles Padgett is Professor of Optics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He heads a 15-person team 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 was appointed to the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy and 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.
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.
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. 10,000 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)