Dr Neil Gordon

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)

Dr Neil Gordon

I joined the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in Malvern in 1981 after completing a BSc. in Physics (first class) and a PhD. in semiconductor device physics, both at the University of St. Andrews. I worked for 30 years at RSRE and successor organisations, initially in infrared detector physics and later in infrared systems, publishing over 90 papers, 17 patent applications and 5 book chapters. During this period, I was awarded a QinetiQ fellowship and appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Position:  Research Fellow in Industrial Photonics
Room:  NW613
Phone:  0121 204 5311

In 2013, I joined Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies (AIPT) as a Research Fellow in Industrial Photonics looking at industrial applications of photonics. This has now led to further industrial work with Airbus.

  • BSc with First Class Honours in Physics, University of St. Andrews, 1977
  • PhD, Semiconductor Device Physics, University of St. Andrews, 1981


  • 2013 – date: Research Fellow in Industrial Photonics, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University. 
  • 2011 – 2013: Associate, Malvern Labs.
  • 2006 – 2011: QinetiQ Fellow.


Your teaching interests, programmes/modules you teach, with links to the relevant programme/module if possible

I am a tutor on the following courses:

  • SE11EM Transition Mathematics for Engineers
  • SE12EM Mathematics for 1st year Engineers


  • Photonic Sensors – industrial applications of photonics
  • Femto second laser machining
  • Infrared detectors and sensors


2015 – date: Fuel and Systems Integrated Research, Innovate UK funded programme with Airbus on optical gauging

2013-2015: ERDF Industrial Photonics programme

I would be interested in any PhD project aimed at developing photonic sensors.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Member of SPIE


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