Aitchison Group

Alumni from the University of Toronto

Postdoctoral Researchers

Muhammad Alam "Plasmonics, integrated optics"

Farshid Bahrami "Plasmonics, optical biosensors"

Lu Chen “Development of microfluidic HIV sensing chips"

Ksenia Dolgaleva “Optical pulse shaping”

Sean Wagner “Short range communication systems based on AlGaAs integrated devices"

Igor Melnikov “Nonlinear Periodic Structures”

Sonia Garcia Blanco “E-beam writing of waveguides for integrated optics”

Arkady Major “Characterization of the dispersion of the nonlinear index of refraction in inorganic crystals”

Roberto Morandotti “Discrete spatial solitons”

Suc Kwong “Energy transfer in quantum dots”


Ph.D. Students

Scott Genin, 2016
Thesis Title “Design of Algal Film Photobioreactors for Algal Biomass Production”

Arash Joushaghani, 2014
Thesis Title Micro- and nano-scale optoelectronic devices using vanadium dioxide

Peyman Sarrafi, 2014
Thesis TitleNonlinear periodic structures: From classical to quantum devices

Farshid Bahrami, 2014
Thesis TitleMultimode Spectroscopy for self-referenced plasmonic biosensing

Stephen Ho, 2013
Thesis Title “Femtoseond laser fabrication techniques

Luis A. Fernandes, 2012
Thesis Title “Birefringence and Bragg grating control in femtosecond laser written optical circuits

Muhammad Alam,  2012
Thesis Title “Hybrid plasmonic waveguides: Theory and applications

Michelle (Yu-chen) Xu, 2011
Thesis Title “Interface plasmon polariton waveguides and sensors

Sean Wagner, 2011
Thesis Title “Wavelength conversion in domain-disordered quasi-phase matching superlattice waveguides

Mark Stephen Wheeler, 2010
Thesis Title “A scattering-based approach to the design, analysis, and experimental verification of magnetic metamaterials made from dielectrics

Scott Beland Kuntze, 2009
Thesis Title “Controlling semiconductor optical amplifiers for robust integrated photonic signal processing

Rajiv Iyer, 2008
Thesis Title “Planar lightwave circuits employing coupled waveguides in aluminum gallium arsenide

Clark Merchant, 2008
Thesis Title “Fabrication and characterization of waveguides in potassium gadolinium tungstate

Aaron Zilkie, 2007
Thesis Title “High-speed properties of 1.55 micron wavelength quantum dot semiconductor amplifiers and comparison with higher dimensional structures ” 

Van Vekris, 2007
Thesis Title “Intrinsic and extrinsic defects in colloidal photonic crystal films”


M.A.Sc. Thesis students

Shreesha Jagadeesh, 2016
Thesis Title “3D Printing & Assay Development for Point-of-Care Applications

Suthamathy Sathananthan, 2014
Thesis Title “Design and fabrication of micro-structured surfaces for algal biofilm and human cell migration studies

Nick Carriere,  2013
Thesis Title “Design, fabrication, and testing of an integrated optical hydrogen and temperature sensor

Jianxiong Wu,  2013
Thesis Title “Harmonic oscillations in optical waveguide arrays

Mariya Yagnyukova,  2013
Thesis Title “Modeling, fabrication, and characterization of a Bragg slot waveguide with a cavity

Pisek Kultavewuti, 2012   
Thesis Title “Pulse shaping based on integrated waveguide gratings

Xiao Sun, 2012   
Thesis Title “Hybrid plasmonic waveguides and devices: Theory, modeling and experimental demonstration

Wing-Chau Ng, 2011
Thesis Title “All-optical wavelength conversion in aluminum gallium arsenide at telecommunications wavelengths

Arash Joushaghani, 2011
Thesis Title Light localization in coupled optical waveguides

Iliya Sigal, 2010
Thesis Title “Three Wave Mixing in Periodically Quantum-well-intermixed GaAs:AlGaAs Superlattices: Modeling, Optimization, and Parametric Generation

Roger D'Abreo, 2009
Thesis Title “Development of monolithically integrated photonic devices through simulation and characterization

James Dou, 2007
Thesis Title “Microfabrication of radiation-pressure based devices for single cell manipulation”

Sean Wagner, 2006
Thesis Title “The nonlinear optical properties of GaAs/AlAs superlattice-core waveguides at telecommunication wavelengths”

Kevin Vora, 2006
Thesis Title “Surface plasmon waveguides”

Stephen Ho. 2005
Thesis Title “F2-laser microfabrication of Lab-on-a-chip structures”

Matt Wronski, 2005
Thesis Title “Fluorine and ultrafast laser fabrication of an optofluidic capillary electrophoresis biochip”

Aaron Zilkie, 2004
Thesis Title “Nonlinear optical properties of Al-quaternary semiconductor optical amplifiers”

Michael Strain, 2004
Thesis Title “Design and testing of a FDTD system in cylindrical coordinates for the characterization of a novel fiber”

Tim Ka Lung Wong, 2004 
Thesis Title “Optical Signal Processing using Nonlinear Periodic Structures: study of resonant temporal response”

Bertram Leesti, 2004
Thesis Title “Cross-gain modulation and four-wave mixing with picosecond pulses in a quantum-dash waveguide”

Stephen O’Loughlin, 2004
Thesis Title “Tight-bend structures in AlGaAs microring resonators”

Shane Daniel, 2004
Thesis Title “Simulations of Quantum dot based all-optical switching elements”

Adrian Schauer, 2003
Thesis Title “Interaction of Spatial Solitons in AlGaAs Waveguides"

M.Eng students from University of Glasgow who visited University of Toronto

Kirsty Walls, 2009
Thesis Title “PECVD deposition and etching of silicon nitride films for high index waveguides”

Robert Crawford, 2005
Thesis Title: “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor optical amplifiers”

RPaul Black, 2004
Thesis Title: “Electro absoption modulators”

Jenny McGeough, 2004
Thesis Title “Design of micro ring resonators”

Ben Davidson, 2003
Thesis Title “Refractive index of Al quaternary semiconductors”

Alumni from the University of Glasgow

Ph.D. students

John Bebbington, 1993
Thesis title “Rare earth doped silica for integrated optical waveguide lasers and amplifiers”

Jim Bonar, 1995
Thesis title “Waveguide lasers in rare earth doped planar silica”

Craig Hamilton, 1995
Thesis title “Novel structures and fabrication techniques for the observation of solitons in AlGaAs”

Michael Street, 1997
Thesis Title “ Quantum well intermixing for the control of second order non-linear effects in GaAs/AlGaAs asymmetric quantum well waveguides”

Patricia Millar, 1997
Thesis Title “Nonlinear propagation in periodic microstructures’

Amr Saher Helmy, 1998
Thesis Title “Kinetics, technology and characterization of impurity-free vacancy disordering for photonic devices in GaAs – AlGaAs”

Dan Ortega, 1998
Thesis Title “Periodic segmented waveguides in Ti:LiNbO3”

Andrew McLaughlin, 1998
Thesis title “Planar silica optical switching devices”

Marcos. Vermelho, 1999
Thesis Title “A study on feasibility of a silica-on-silicon blue up-conversion laser fabricated by flame hydrolysis deposition”

Roberto Morandotti, 1999
Thesis Title “Discrete Spatial Solitons”

Jesus Ruano Lopez, 1999
Thesis Title “Optical devices of biochemical sensing in flame hydrolysis deposited glass”

Paulo da Silva Marques Ph.D.(Universidade do Porto)
Thesis Title “Silica-on-silicon integrated optics by Flame Hydrolysis Deposition”

Valentin Loyo-Maldonado, 2002
Thesis Title “Optical rectification in semiconductor waveguides”

Todd Kleckner, 2002
Thesis Title “Quasi-phase-matches nonlinear frequency conversion in periodically disordered GaAs/AlAs superlattice-core waveguides”

Sonia Garcia Blanco, 2003
Thesis Title “Electron-beam modification of silica for integrated optics”

Alison Cleary, 2005
Thesis Title “Integrated optical technologies for analytical sensing”