Spectroscopy is a key component of any optical toolkit, providing non-invasive monitoring of the composition of a sample. We use spectroscopy for a wide variety of sensing in many different scenarios, across length scales from the very small in ultrafast single molecule spectroscopy; to monitoring the combustion process in engines; to providing detailed spectra of stars and galaxies in astrophotonic applications.


Professor of Photonic Materials and Devices
Prof. Jason Smith

Our research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of solid state nanostructures for applications such as optoelectronics devices, quantum information processing and photovoltaics.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Wei Huang

My research interests include: (1) Synthetic biology (SimCells, biosensors, bioenergy); (2) Single cell Raman biotechnology (Raman activated cell sorting for single cell genomics); (3) Microbial evolution (Horiz

Associate Professor
Dr Andrew Watt

My research focusses on taking energy materials research from the synthesis of new nanomaterials through to the fabrication, characterization and application of devices.

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Prof. Robert Taylor

I am interested in the optical properties of materials, particularly in the areas of nanotechnology and quantum computing.

Associate Professor
Dr. Grant Ritchie

My research interests lie in ultrasensitive absorption spectroscopy and optical manipulation.

Professor of Physical Chemistry
Dr. Claire Vallance

We employ novel time-of-flight imaging methods to study photon-induced and electron-induced molecular fragmentation processes and to carry out chemically-resolved imaging of surfaces.

Professor of Physics
Professor Laura Herz

My research is focused on investigating nanostructured molecular and inorganic semiconducting materials, with applications in artificial light harvesting and photocurrent generation at interfac

Professor of Physics
Prof. Paul Ewart

Our research group has a strong background in the application of laser-based diagnostic techniques to the measurement of species in challenging environments, particularly within combustor systems.

Professor of Physical Chemistry
Prof. Philipp Kukura

My research is concerned with the development and application of spectroscopic and imaging tools designed to visualise, study and eventually control dynamic processes in chemistry and biology.

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

My research group develops and applies linear and non-linear optical diagnostic techniques to solve problems in thermofluids including heat transfer, mixing and combustion.

Facility Manger
Dr Robert Jacobs

My research interests are focused around applying state of the art instrumentation in surface science to novel problems. This has lead me into a wide range of fields including, amongst others, nanotechnology, electrochemistry and biotechnology. 

Associate Professor
Dr. Stuart Mackenzie

My research in photonics revolves around  the development of novel spectroscopic techniques applied to a variety of interesting scientific problems. In particular we are interested in the study of dynamical interfacial phenomena and spectroscopy in the condensed phase.


Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:15

The third Oxford Photonics day was held on Tuesday 12th March 2013. Around 70 researchers from across the University, with additional external guests participated in a successful event. Prizes for best Student Oral and Poster presentations were awarded.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 17:45

We are pleased to announce the date for the next Oxford Photonics Day, which has been set for Tuesday 8th October 2013 (0th week) and will take place in the Department of Engineering Science.   More details are to follow in the coming few weeks.

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:15

From November 1st, an Oxford team will lead a consortium of six European research institutions in a three year project entitled Wavelength-tunable Advanced Single Photon Sources (WASPS), funded by the European Commission under FP7.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:15

Two new Royal Society University Research Fellows, Dr Brian Patton and Dr Josh Nunn, have recently started new research programmes in Photonics.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:30

The 6th Oxford Photonics Day is due to be held on Wednesday 8th Oct in the Thom Building, Lecture Room 1, in the Engineering Department in Oxford.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 23:00

I-CASE EPSRC Studentship advertised: applications wanted! Check out the advert:


Friday, November 28, 2014 - 15:15

University of Oxford has been chosen to lead one of the four Quantum Hubs in the £120m Quantum Technology programme. Optical physicist Professor Ian Walmsley will lead a consortium of academic and industrial partners to deliver quantum technologies ...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 15:30

We are pleased to announce the date for the 7th Oxford Photonics Day, which has been set for Monday 20th April 2015 (0th week, Trinity term). It will be held at the Department of Engineering Science. The event will be free to attend for members of the Oxford Photonics Network. The programme will include...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:30

Engineers and Scientists around the world are getting ready for the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL). This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO. The 2015 IYL will consist of ...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:45

The 7th Photonics Day will be held on 20th April 2015. We once again look forward to a set of lively talks ranging from application of quantum dots to optical sensing of nucleic acids. Speakers come from across Oxford and the UK.  

Please register here: http://goo.gl/forms/3Pe4PkS0dh

Here is the workshop programme:

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 21:45

The Optical Society (OSA) has published a brochure about how optics and photonics impacts the global economy.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 07:45

The 2017 Oxford Photonics Day will be on Wednesday 19th April. To register for the event, which is free, please go to:


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