Making light work: A public lecture by Professor Kate Sugden

  • Professor Kate Sugden looks at the application of photonics in laser material processing, optical metrology and laser instruments
  • The lecture will look at developing technology and the way in which it could revolutionise the transmission of light
  • Professor Sugden’s work in photonics, spanning 25 years, has been applied to wind turbines, oil and gas logging as well as contact lens management

How is photonic sensing being applied to laser material processing? What is fibre Bragg grating technology and how could it transform the way that light is used to measure what’s happening in the world around us?

These are the questions that Kate Sugden, professor in the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), will seek to answer in her public lecture at Aston University on Tuesday 25 February..

Drawing on her research, Professor Sugden will explain how the application of photonic technologies has significantly evolved to aid everything from the development of telecommunications to, more recently, consumer technology, such as LED lighting and digital cameras.

As Professor Sugden explains: “The lecture will introduce the area of fibre Bragg grating technology, namely the use of optical fibre to create a reflection of particular wavelengths of incident light, and how it could revolutionise the way that light is transmitted.

The lecture will also explore the ways that photonics is being applied in laser material processing, optical metrology and laser instruments.”

Professor Sugden joined AIPT at Aston University in 2004 after working at Indigo Photonics and Insensys. She has worked across a number of sectors including energy and smart cities.

Her work in photonics, during her career spanning 25 years, has been applied to wind turbines, oil and gas logging as well as contact lens measurement.

The event will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday 25 February in room G11 at Aston University. It is free to attend, open to all and includes a drinks reception and an opportunity to network after the lecture.

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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