This research area covers theoretical and experimental research in atom-light interactions, laser trapping, optical tweezers, spanners, traps and atomic optics.
Theoretical and experimental research into atom-light interactions, laser trapping and laser manipulation with optical tweezers, spanners, traps and atomic optics. This research area includes fundamental physics of nonlinear optical phenomena including non-linear pattern formation, periodic poling and non-linear dynamics, as well as light-scattering and holography for example.
This is an area that has a far-reaching impact in a wide variety of fields. For instance, it will be instrumental in the introduction of the next generation of imaging technologies that are innovative and disruptive.
We aim to increase engagement with industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to secure greater input from them, with an emphasis on the medium and long-term applications to which this area can contribute.
Provision to sustain the level of early career researchers in the area should ensure that the UK maintains its internationally leading reputation in certain fields. This would protect future capability within the UK research community.
We will continue to work with the community to enhance its integration and collaboration with other research areas, particularly Plasma and Lasers. In addition, we will expand links with researchers and end-users in other parts of EPSRC’s portfolio, such as: