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Mohammad R. Taghizadeh
Roles and responsibilities
  • Course director for MPhys and BSc in Physics courses.
  • Since 1995 he has been the Recruitment Chair for Physics.

Outside the University

  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alba Photonics Limited, a Heriot-Watt University Spin-off company, which is developing diffractive and micro-optical as well as nano-structured devices for photonics applications.
  • Member of editorial board of International Journal of Optics.

Conference Chairs

  • European Optical Society (EOS) Annual Meeting, Paris 2010
  • Photonics Europe, Micro-Optics conference, SPIE Europe, Strasbourg 2008
  • Photonics Europe, “Micro-Optics, VCSELs, and Photonic Interconnects”, Strasbourg 2006 and 2004
  • SPIE Annual Meeting “Micro- and Nano-optics for Optical Interconnection”, San Diego, USA, July 2001

Professor Taghizadeh has served as the elected Chair of the Diffractive Optics and Holography Technical Committee and on the selecting committee of the Esther Hoffman Beller Medal of the Optical Society of America.

Selected publications
  1. Supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibres with nanoporous core made of soft glass, Laser Physics Letters 8, No. 6 443-448, 2011
  2. Nanostructured GRIN microlenses for Gaussian beam focusing, Optics Communications 283 (2010) 1938–1944Nanostructured elliptical gradient-index microlenses, OPTICS LETTERS , Vol. 35, No. 2, January 15, 2010
  3. Simulation and experiment on generation of an arbitrary array of intense spots by a tiled hologram , JOURNAL OF OPTICS Volume: 12 Issue: 8 2010
  4. Supercontinuum generation up to 2.5 μm in photonic crystal fiber made of lead-bismuth-galate glass, Laser Physics Letters, Vol. 7, Issue 9, 2010
  5. Design and fabrication of nano-structured gradient index microlenses, Optics Express, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2009
  6. Analysis of crossed gratings with large periods and small feature sizes by stitching of electromagnetic field, JOSA A, Vol. 26, No. 12, 2009
  7. Optical super-resolution with aperture-function engineering , AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS Volume: 76 , Issue: 11, 2008
  8. Light emitting polymer blends and diffractive optical elements in high-speed direct laser writing of microstructures. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys, 41 (2008)
  9. Design of diffractive optical elements for beam shaping of micro-pixellated LED light to a tightly focused spot. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 41 (2008)
  10. Diffractive optical elements for simultaneous operation in reflection and transmission, APPLIED OPTICS / Vol. 47, No. 10 / 1 April 2008
  11. Comparison of simulated quenching algorithms for design of diffractive optical elements, APPLIED OPTICS , Vol. 47, No. 6, 20 February 2008
  12. Diffractive optical elements for high gain lasers with arbitrary output beam profiles, Optics Express, Vol. 15, No. 17, 20 August 2007.
  13. Three-dimensional nanoscale subsurface optical imaging of silicon circuits, Applied Physics Letters 90, 131101 (2007)
  14. Analysis of multimask fabrication errors for diffractive optical elements, APPLIED OPTICS,Vol. 46, No. 12, 20 April 2007
  15. Diffractive optical elements for beam shaping of monochromatic spatially incoherent light, APPLIED OPTICS Vol. 45, No. 33, 20 November 2006
  16. Analysis of the effects of bias phase and wavelength choice on the design of dual wavelength diffractive optical elements, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A. (JOSA) Vol. 23, No. 1, 2006
  17. Automatic symmetrical iterative Fourier-transform algorithm for the design of diffractive optical elements, Journal of Modern Optics (JMO), 2006
  18. Design and fabrication of Fourier plane diffractive optical elements for high-power fibre-coupling applications, Optics and Lasers in Engineering 43 (2005) 671–681
  19. Coherent array of white-light continuum filaments produced by diffractive microlenses, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 86, 021105 (2005)
  20. Interconnection non-uniformity tolerance of an optoelectronic radial basis function network, J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 7, S432–S437 (2005)
  21. Comparison of one- and two-dimensional dielectric reflector geometries for high-energy laser pulse compression, OPTICS LETTERS , Vol. 30, No. 9, (2005)
  22. A novel algorithm for designing diffractive optical elements for two colour far-field pattern formation, J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 7 (2005)
  23. Design of diffractive optical elements for high-power laser applications, Optical Engineering, 43(11): 2541-2548 (2004)
  24. Compact optical system for pulse-to-pulse laser beam quality measurement and applications in laser machining, Applied Optics, 43 (26): 5037-5046, (2004)
  25. Iterative algorithm for the design of free space diffractive optical elements for fibre coupling, Applied Optics, 43(10): 1996 – 1999 (2004)
  26. Programmable optoelectronic neural network for optimization” Applied Optics, 43 (4): 866-876, (2004)
  27. Diffractive elements for high-power fibre coupling applications, Journal of Modern Optics, 50(11): 1691 – 1699 (2003).
  28. Experimental implementation of an optoelectronic neural network scheduler, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quant. Elec., 9 (2): 557-564, (2003)
  29. A neural-network packet switch controller: Scalability, performance, and network optimization, IEEE Trans. Neur. Net., 14 (1): 28-34, (2003)
  30. Fibre-optic delivery of high-peak-power Q-switched laser pulses for in-cylinder flow measurement, Applied Optics, 42(21): 4307 – 4314 (2003).
  31. Simulation of the fabrication infidelity of diffractive-optical elements by using halftone gray-scale masks, Optical Engineering, 42(2): 334 – 339 (2003).
  32. Diffractive optical elements with subdiffractive-limited depth of focus, Journal of Modern Optics, 50(2): 227-237 (2003)
  33. Multiphoton Multifocal Microscopy exploiting a Diffractive Optical Element for grid scanning, Optics Letters, Vol. 28 Issue 20 Page 1918 (October 2003)
  34. Design and simulated performance of transmissive phase elements for intra-cavity beam shaping, Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, 5(3): 216-220, 2003
  35. Fabrication of diffractive-optical elements by using halftone gray-scale masks Optics Communications 208 pp 31-40, 2002
  36. Mathematical morphology operations with a comparator array processor, Optics Letters, Vol. 27 Issue 20 page 1818, 2002
  37. Iterative algorithm for the designs of diffractive phase elements for laser beam shaping, Optics Letters, Vol. 27 Issue 16 page 1463, 2002
  38. Optimized quantization for diffractive optical elements by use of uneven phase levels, Optics Letters, Vol, 26 No. 7, 2001.

Prof. M. R. Taghizadeh received his BSc in Physics from Mashhad University in Iran, with National Merit Scholarship, his MSc from Essex University in the UK in 1978 and PhD from Heriot-Watt University in 1982 in Laser Physics.  He worked as a research associate on optical computing until 1985 before he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Physics, Heriot-Watt University where he established Optical Holography and subsequently the Diffractive and Micro-Optics Group. Following funding from Scottish Enterprise, the group has expended its activity into nano-structured fibre optics areas of research.

Over the past 25 years Mo has been principle investigator or co-investigator on research grants totaling over £11Million from industry, research councils and EC carrying out research on optical computing and nonlinear optics. Present research interests include design, fabrication and modelling diffractive and refractive micro-optical elements in the scalar domain and design and modelling of sub-wavelength structures in the rigorous domain. Recent initiatives include the establishment a fibre drawing tower facilities to enable fabrication of nano-structured micro-optical elements in soft glass and polymeric materials (funded through Proof of Concept). Other projects include the development of electromagnetic pulse sensors and Microelectronic Single-Photon 3D Imaging Arrays for low-light high-speed Safety and Security Applications (MiSPIA), funded through EC.

Mo has supervised over 15 PhD students, published more than 250 papers and presented many invited papers at national and international conferences. He holds several patents, and acts as consultant for a variety of companies and institutions both in the UK and worldwide.