RCUK Fellow/Associate Professor

+44 (0)131 451 4343
Room G14
Earl Mountbatten Building
Heriot-Watt University
Jonathan Shephard
Selected publications
  • Parry JP, Shephard JD, Thomson MJ, Taghizadeh MR, Jones JDC, Hand DP, "Optical fibre array for the delivery of high peak-power laser pulses for fluid flow measurements", Applied Optics 46 (17) (2007) 3432-3438
  • Helfter C, Shephard JD, Martinez-Vilalta J, Mencuccini M, Hand DP, "A non-invasive optical system for the measurement of xylem and phloem sap flow in woody plants", Tree Physiology 27 (2) (2007) 169-179
  • Shephard JD, MacPherson WN, Maier RRJ, Jones JDC, Hand DP, Mohebbi M, George AK, Roberts PJ and Knight JC, "Single-mode mid-IR guidance in a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber", Opt. Express 13, (2005) 7139-7144
  • Shephard JD, Jones JDC, Knight JC, Russell P St J and Hand DP, "An improved PBG fiber design for delivery of nanosecond pulses in laser micro-machining applications", Applied Optics, 44 (21) (2005) 4582-4588
  • Shephard JD, Jones JDC, Bouwmans G, Mangan BJ, Knight JC, Russell P St J, and Hand DP, "High energy nanosecond laser pulses delivered single-mode through hollow-core PBG fibers" Opt. Express 12 (2004) 717-723
  • Shephard JD, Furniss D, Houston PA, Seddon AB. "Fabrication of mid-infrared planar waveguides from compatible fluorozirconate glass pairs, via hot spin-casting" J. Non-Cryst. Solids 284 (1-3) (2001) 160-167


Jonathan received the BA degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK, in 1994, and received the MSc (Eng.) degree in 1996 and the Ph.D degree in 2000, both from the University of Sheffield, UK. In 1994 he joined Pilkington Plc, UK, working within R&D after which he returned to study for his MSc (Eng) and PhD within the Department of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield. At Sheffield his work concentrated on the development of mid-IR transmitting optical fibres and waveguides. In 2003 he joined the Applied Optics and Photonics Group at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, working on the development of novel microstructured fibres and applications of high power lasers for processing, monitoring and control. Now a Lecturer and RCUK Academic Fellow at Heriot-Watt University, he is currently working on developing technologies for integrating high power laser into novel manufacturing processes.

Further information


  • 2000 Ph.D., Department of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield
  • 1996 M.Sc. (Eng), Glass Science and Engineering, Department of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield
  • 1994 BA (Hons)., Engineering, St Johns College, University of Cambridge