Behind-the-Scenes @ Photonics Group

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 @ 18:15

Professor Michael Damzen, Head of Photonics Group

Explore the fundamental science underlying optical technologies and see how this knowledge is being used to develop novel technologies for real-world applications.


The International Year of Light 2015 has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO, and will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

The Photonics Group at Imperial College London will play a big role in promoting light and light-based technologies in and around London for this occasion.

Their mission is to conduct internationally significant research into the fundamental science underlying optical technologies and to develop novel technologies for real-world applications of photonics. 

An evening visit is being planned, hosted by Michael Damzen, Professor of Experimental Laser Physics and head of the Nonlinear Optics sub-group of the Photonics Group.

The timetable for this Behind-the-scenes is as follows:

  • 18.00 – 18.15 Members arrivals / Welcome @ Blackett Laboratory, Rm 630. The location is no.6 on the map here.
  • 18.15 – 18.45 Welcome from Professor Mike Damzen. Presentation about photonics and its impact on our world.
  • 18.45 –19.55 Member tours of labs with presentations in each by the researchers.
    Lab 1: High power lasers – sensing and manufacturing
    Lab 2: Advanced Imaging – understanding life processes
    Lab 3: Photonics for medical diagnosis
  • 19.45 -20.15 Refreshments and a chance to continue the conversations with our hosts.


Venue: Room 630 Blackett Laboratory

Campus Map reference 6
on the Imperial College London Map