Deputy Head of School

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Heriot-Watt University
Duncan P Hand
Roles and responsibilities

Duncan is currently a member of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences management team as Director of Research and Deputy Head of School.

Selected publications
  1. N Lorenz, S Millar, M Desmulliez, D P Hand: ‘Hermetic glass frit packaging in air and vacuum with localised laser joining’, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, J. Micromech. Microeng. 21 (2011) 045039
  2. Rainer J. Beck, Jonathan P. Parry, Jonathan D. Shephard, and Duncan P. Hand: “Compensation for time fluctuations of phase modulation in a liquid-crystal-on-silicon display by process synchronization in laser materials processing”, Applied Optics 50 (2011) 2899–2905
  3. Jonathan P. Parry, Colin Moorhouse, Jonathan D. Shephard, Nick Jones, Nick Weston and Duncan. P. Hand: ‘Laser Micro-Machining of Zirconia (Y-TZP) Ceramics in the Picosecond Regime and the Impact on Material Strength’, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 8 (2011),163–171
  4. Jonathan Parry, Rehan Ahmed, Fraser Dear, Jon Shephard, Marc Schmidt, Lin Li and Duncan Hand: ‘A fibre-laser process for cutting thick yttria stabilized zirconia: application and modelling’, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, Article first published online : 6 SEP 2010, DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2010.02559.x
  5. Paul M. Harrison, Nick Hay, Duncan P.Hand: ‘A study of stitch line formation during high speed laser patterning of thin film indium tin oxide transparent electrodes’, Applied Surface Science 256 (2010) 7276-7284
  6. Rainer J Beck, Jonathan P Parry, William N MacPherson, Andrew Waddie, Nick J Weston, Jonathan D Shephard and Duncan P Hand, ‘Application of cooled spatial light modulator for high power nanosecond laser micromachining’, Optics Express 18 (2010) 17059-17065
  7. JP Parry, B Griffiths, NV Gayraud, ED McNaghten, A Parkes, WN MacPherson, DP Hand: ‘Towards practical gas sensing with micro-structured fibres’, Measurement Science and Technology 20 (2009) July Article number 075301
  8. Nicolas Gayraud, Łukasz W. Kornaszewski, James M. Stone, Jonathan C. Knight, Derryck T. Reid, Duncan P. Hand, and William N. MacPherson, “Mid-infrared gas sensing using a photonic bandgap fiber”, Applied Optics 47 (2008) 1269-1277

Duncan graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1986 with a BSc in Physics with Electronics, and from the University of Southampton (Optoelectronics Research Centre) in 1991 with a PhD. The PhD studies were centred around an investigation of different techniques to incorporate permanent phase gratings into optical fibres ('fibre bragg gratings').

In 1991 he moved to Heriot-Watt University, initially employed as a Research Associate. In 1997 he was appointed Lecturer in Physics and subsequently promoted to Reader (2001) and Professor of Applied Photonics (2003). His work on manufacturing includes laser precision machining; the use of adaptive optics in laser manufacturing processes; and laser micro-joining. In this work he collaborates with a range of companies including GE Aviation, Renishaw, BAE Systems and Selex. He has further research activity on the delivery of high peak power laser light through novel optical fibres (with applications in manufacturing and medicine), including a collaboration with the University of Bath on photonic bandgap fibres. He also has an interest in optical sensing, with current activity in optically-addressed fibre optic micro-cantilever sensors.

Duncan is currently a member of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences management team as Director of Research and Deputy Head of School.