Prof Paul Spencer

Dean of College / Professor

Contact info

Position: Dean of College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Professor

Email: p.spencer@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: (01248) 382738

Location: Room 145, Dean Street

 

Prof Paul S. Spencer received a B.Sc. degree in applied physics and a Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Bath, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From 1994 to 1996, he was a research assistant at the University of Bath. In 1996, he moved to Bangor becoming a lecturer in 1998, a senior lecturer in 2003 and receiving a Personal Chair in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Head of the School of Electronic Engineering, a post he held for seven years. In 2009 he was appointed Head of the College of Physical and Applied Sciences and in 2017 he was appointed Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

His main research interests are semiconductor laser dynamics, optical feedback effects, pulse propagation, and optical waveguide properties of optoelectronic devices. He has been an author on over 100 journal papers and 140 conference papers and is a regular reviewer archival journals. In 2000 he won the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) best engineering poster award.

Contact Info

Position: Dean of College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Professor

Email: p.spencer@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: (01248) 382738

Location: Room 145, Dean Street

 

Prof Paul S. Spencer received a B.Sc. degree in applied physics and a Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Bath, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From 1994 to 1996, he was a research assistant at the University of Bath. In 1996, he moved to Bangor becoming a lecturer in 1998, a senior lecturer in 2003 and receiving a Personal Chair in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Head of the School of Electronic Engineering, a post he held for seven years. In 2009 he was appointed Head of the College of Physical and Applied Sciences and in 2017 he was appointed Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

His main research interests are semiconductor laser dynamics, optical feedback effects, pulse propagation, and optical waveguide properties of optoelectronic devices. He has been an author on over 100 journal papers and 140 conference papers and is a regular reviewer archival journals. In 2000 he won the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) best engineering poster award.

Overview

Prof Paul S. Spencer received a B.Sc. degree in applied physics and a Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Bath, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From 1994 to 1996, he was a research assistant at the University of Bath. In 1996, he moved to Bangor becoming a lecturer in 1998, a senior lecturer in 2003 and receiving a Personal Chair in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Head of the School of Electronic Engineering, a post he held for seven years. Between 2009 and 2018 he was Dean of the College of Physical and Applied Sciences. In 2018 he was appointed as Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Research

His main research interests are semiconductor laser dynamics, optical feedback effects, pulse propagation, and optical waveguide properties of optoelectronic devices. He has been an author on over 100 journal papers and 140 conference papers and is a regular reviewer for IEEE, OSA, APS and IOP journals. In 2000 he won the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) best engineering poster award and between 2002 and 2006 he was the Treasurer of the semiconductor physics group of the Institute of Physics.

Grant Awards and Projects

Value

Funder

Dates

Status

Title

£6M

WG

2017-2021

PI

Ser Cymru programme

£300k

WG/Hitachi

2017-2019

CI

Advanced Boiling Water Reactor Hub and Network

£1M (£7M)

WG

2014-2019

PI

Ser Cymru Engineering National Research Network 

£500k 

A4B

2013-2014

PI

CLARET

£500k

WEFO

2011-2014

PI

ASTUTE

£100k 

WG

2011-2013

PI

Semiconductor and Photonic KTC

£65k 

EPSRC

2009-2013

PI

Microwave Medical Devices

£252k 

EPSRC

2005-2008

PI

Versatile Frequency Shifted Feedback Laser Diodes

£600k

WDA

2001-2007

CI

CETIC Centre: Optoelectronics (ICON)

£433k 

EPSRC

2003-2007

CI

Platform grant: Nanoscale and Nonlinear Optoelectronics

£255k 

EPSRC

2001-2004

CI

Quantum computing: Intra-connection & error correction 

£120k 

EPSRC

2001-2003

CI

Circular grating DFB organic semiconductor lasers

£184k

EU

2001-2004

CI

Optical Chaos Communications Using Laser Transmitters

£197k 

EPSRC

2000-2003

PI

Chaos based secure optical communication

£178k 

EPSRC

2000-2003

CI

Unipolar semiconductor devices

£210k 

EPSRC

2000-2003

CI

Polarisation free FWM in SOA

£50k 

EPSRC

1999-2000

PI

Picosecond pulse switches and memories using SOAs

Other

Current and Previous Research Collaborators

  • Dr Cristina Masoller, Physics Department, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
  • Dr Siva Sivaprakasam, Department of Physics & Laser Tech., IIT-Kanpur, India.
  • Prof. Luis Pesquera, Dept. of Physics at the University of Cantabria, Spain.
  • Prof. Deb M.Kane, Centre for Laser Applications, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Prof. Claudio R. Mirasso of Dept. of Physics, University de les Illes Belears, Spain
  • Dr A. Murakami, Dept. Elec. Eng., University of Electro-Communication, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Prof. D. Syridis, University Athens, Dept Informatics, Athens, 15784 Greece.
  • Dr L. Larger, University Franche Comte, CNRS, Besancon, F-25030 France.
  • Prof V. Annovazzi-Lodi, University Pavia, Dept Elect., Pavia, I-27100 Italy.
  • Prof. P. Colet, UIB, Inst Mediterraneo Estudios Avanzados, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
  • Dr I. Fischer, TH Darmstadt, Inst Appl Phys, Darmstadt, D-64289 Germany
  • Dr J. Garcia-Ojalvo, Univ Politecn Catalunya, Dept Fis & Engn Nucl, Terrassa, E-08222 Spain.
  • Prof Chris Pain, Imperial College London.
  • Prof Ifor Samuel, Physics Department, St Andrew University.
  • Hewlett Packard Research Laboratory, Bristol. Case award studentship.
  • Professor Mo Missous, School of Elec. Engineering, University of Manchester.
  • Nortel Networks (Paignton). Case award studentship.
  • Prof Paul Rees, School of Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea

National Committees 

  • Treasurer of Semiconductor Physics Group of Institute of Physics, (2003-2006)
  • Institute of PhysicsSemiconductor Physics Group member, (Aug. 2002 - 2006)

Conference Organisation

  • Programme Committee of IoP’s Quantum Electronics and Photonics (QEP-16), Glasgow, 2004.
  • Session Chair at IoP’s Quantum Electronics and Photonics (QEP-16), Glasgow, 2004.
  • Session Chair at Semiconductor Integrated Optoelectronics SIOE, Cardiff, 2002-2009.
  • Guest Editor for the Special Issue of IEE Optoelectronics February 2006.

 

Research areas and keywords

Keywords

  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering - semiconductor laser dynamics, optical feedback effects, optical pulse propagation, optical waveguide properties of optoelectronic devices, electromagnetic
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