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Dr Richard Bowman

Dr Richard Bowman

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow


Office Phone: x (3)37 446

Key Publications

My main research interest is control of the spatial structure of light, by developing dynamic waveguide circuits.  Dynamic optical circuits on waveguide “chips” will be capable of routing and processing information as light. These circuits will enable a faster and more efficient internet, probe the limits of light’s quantum nature, and help unravel its propagation through complex environments such as miniature endoscopes and biological tissue.  This project is supported by a Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission.

I also work on many aspects of the microscopy and spectroscopy work we do in the Nanophotonics Centre, particularly where experiments must be automated to collect data on thousands of individual nanoparticles.  I have developed an automated microscope produced using 3D printing, capable of sub-micron positioning, which is now being commercialised by WaterScope to provide low-cost diagnostics for developing nations.

My PhD was in optical tweezers, supervised by Prof. Miles Padgett at the University of Glasgow, where I developed a number of optical tweezers systems using high-speed cameras and spatial light modulators.  My control program for hologram generation "Red Tweezers" is available online, and I helped design the optical tweezers system sold by Meadowlark Optics.

For an up-to-date list of my publications, please see Google Scholar or ORCID.

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Giuliana wins fellowship

Jul 21, 2016

Nanophotonics researcher Giuliana awarded prestigious fellowship

Worlds smallest engine?

May 03, 2016

Nanophotonics researchers have built a nano-engine that could form the basis for future applications in nano-robotics, including robots small enough to enter living cells.

Success in the Institute of Physics "3 minute wonder" competition

Mar 21, 2016

A prize for Nanophotonics in the regional heat of the IOP's Three Minute Wonder Competition

NanoPhotonics featured in Westminster showcase

Mar 19, 2016

Our research went on display in the heart of parliament at this year's SET for Britain poster exhibition.

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