Phone: 027-87558725


Academic Areas: mid-infrared lasers, solid state lasers, mid-infrared frequency combs, and frequency comb spectroscopy

Dr. Zhang Zhaowei's research interests relate to mid-infrared lasers, solid state lasers, mid-infrared frequency combs, and frequency comb spectroscopy. He has a passion for developing innovative laser and photonic technologies for addressing our future societal and economic challenges (e.g. in health, environment, security, and sustainable development).

Academic Degrees

09/1994–07/1998, BEng in Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.
09/1998 –03/2001, MSc in Optics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
10/2003–02/2007, PhD, Optoelectronics Research Center, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

Professional Experience

02/2010-09/2015:  post-doc at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, with Prof. Derryck T. Reid. Working on 3-4 µm mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator (OPO) frequency comb sources and their applications in environmental sensing and hazard detection. This fruitful research has generated 6 invited talks since 2013.

03/2007–01/2010: post-doc in Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, with Prof. Andy Clarkson. Worked on high-power thulium-doped fibre lasers and amplifiers.

10/2003–02/2007: PhD student in ORC, University of Southampton, with Dr. Morten Ibsen and Prof. David J. Richardson. Worked on tunable fibre Bragg gratings and their applications in telecom and fibre lasers. The title of my PhD thesis is: Passive and active Bragg gratings for optical networks.

05/2001–09/2003: R&D Engineer at ZTE Corporation, Beijing, China. Worked in telecomm industry on large-capacity, ultra-long-haul, commercial optical fibre transmission systems.

Selected Publications

(1) Frequency comb spectroscopy:
Z. Zhang et al,‘Active FTIR-based stand-off spectroscopy using a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator’, Optics Letters 39, 6005-6008 (2014)
Z. Zhang et al,‘Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with a synchronously-pumped optical parametric oscillator’, Optics Letters 38, 3148-3150 (2013)

(2) Laser frequency combs:
Z. Zhang et al,‘Mode-resolved 10-GHz frequency comb from a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator’, Optics Letters 40, 2692-2695 (2015)
Z. Zhang et al,‘High-power, fully stabilized, asynchronous dual frequency combs for spectroscopy’, Optics Letters 38, 2077-2079 (2013)

(3) Optical parametric oscillators
Z. Zhang et al,‘Femtosecond-laser pumped CdSiP2 optical parametric oscillator producing 100 MHz pulses centered at 6.2 μm’, Optics Letters 38, 5110-5113 (2013)
Z. Zhang et al,‘Asynchronous mid-infrared ultrafast optical parametric oscillator for dual-comb spectroscopy’, Optics Letters 37, 187-189 (2012)
Z. Zhang et al,‘Broadband conversion in an Yb:KYW-pumped ultrafast optical parametric oscillator with a long nonlinear crystal’,  Optics Express 19, 17127-17132 (2011)

(4) High-power fibre lasers
Z. Zhang et al,‘High-power single-frequency thulium-doped fiber DBR laser at 1943 nm’, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters  23, 417-419 (2011)
L. Pearson, J. W. Kim, Z. Zhang et al, ‘High-power linearly-polarized single-frequency thulium-doped fiber master-oscillator power-amplifier’, Optics Express 18, 1607-1612 (2010)
Z. Zhang et al, ‘High power Tm-doped fiber distributed-feedback laser at 1943 nm’, Optics Letters 33, 2059-2061 (2008)

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