PhD13: Alejandro Martinez Jimenez

Host: University of Kent, Applied Optics Group (AOG)

Secondments: NKT Photonics, CenterVue

PhD Project: NPR laser followed by time stretch

During my PhD, I’ll work in developing ultrafast laser source to be applied on OCT. The nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) technique developed by Matsas et al, is a powerful tool for the generation of pico-femtosecond pulses. In the other hand, time stretch will be used as akinetic tunning mechanism that enables multi-MHz A-Scans rates. In my project, we develop NPR at different bands of the spectrum and with different repetition rate.

Education: Bachelor’s degree Physical Sciences at the University of Murcia. The following year I started an interuniversity master’s degree in photonics with the participation of the University of Barcelona, Polytechnic of Catalunya, Autonoma of Barcelona (UB, UPC, UAB) and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) where I was able to learn from the world top researchers (Prof. Dr Niek Van Hulst, Prof. Dr. María García-Parajo, Prof. Dr. Jens Biegert) in different fields such as non-linear optics, ultrafast, biophotonics.

Master thesis work was on correlations with the HBT interferometer, presenting “Generation of artificial thermal sources and their characterization by intensity interferometry