Published: 04 February 2020

Photonics expert elected Fellow of SPIE

Professor Stephen Sweeney has been elected as Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Professor Sweeney has been given the prestigious honour in recognition of his achievements in leading research into novel semiconductor materials and photonic devices for communications, energy and sensing applications.

Based in Surrey’s Department of Physics and Advanced Technology Institute, working in the Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group, Professor Sweeney has produced hundreds of journal papers in the field of semiconductor materials for photonic devices, and published over ten patents.

He said: “I feel honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of SPIE and to be amongst such esteemed colleagues in the international photonics community. It is particularly special to be elected in the year that we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the laser and all of the amazing technologies that it has enabled. It is truly inspiring to be part of the global community that is advancing the science and technology of light.”

SPIE was founded in 1955, at a time when the field of optics and photonics was just beginning to grow. The society has a membership of around 20,000, and serves over a quarter of a million people working in photonics in academia and industry and in topics ranging from communications to medical sensing. Fellows of the society are distinguished members of the community who have made considerable scientific and technical contributions in the fields of optics, photonics, optoelectronics and imaging.  


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