Optical Engineering

Our research seeks to exploit the unique properties of laser light to solve a wide range of challenges in manufacturing and medicine.

Research Aims

Our research aims to solve a wide range of challenges in manufacturing and medicine;

  • as highly flexible and remotely-directed sources of energy
  • and as the basis of sensing and metrology systems

Research Challenges

Challenges include the realisation of:

  • Low cost, high average power industrial lasers, in particular ultra short pulsed (few picoseconds) and wavelength-optimised lasers
  • Optical component and systems engineering essential to exploit these lasers
  • Understanding and control of laser-material interaction
  • development of laser-based processes

Research Impacts

Our research has significant impact on the industrial laser community in the UK, and more broadly in UK manufacturing industry and in medicine, by providing new laser sources and processes coupled with the means to monitor and control these processes. You can read more about the impact our Research has made in our Rofin-UK casestudy.

Research Partners

We lead the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes, which is composed of five university partners:

We are also supported by 29 industrial partners, including:

Medical collaboration includes clinicians within the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine and at UCL Eastman Dental Institute:

College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Optical Engineering, Daniel Esser Laser Systems
Optical Engineering, Daniel Esser Laser Systems