Photonic Glasses group

Our group is part of the photonics research community at Tampere University and of the Flagship Programme, Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN) .
We are interested in the design of novel glass media for photonic applications, mainly lasers. We perform full cycle research from the glass synthesis and fundamental characterization to practical applications of new materials. By investigating and understanding the composition-structure-property relationships in these materials, our goal is to develop new glass compositions with tailored properties to suit specific application needs.

Research focus and goals

Our group works on rare-earth codoped glasses which could find application as optical fibers, waveguide lasers, optical amplifiers, multicolor displayers, solid state lasers, mid-infrared lasers, and Q-switched devices based on active glass-ceramics. Critical materials science and characterization questions are answered extending current capabilities to design, process and manufacture advanced optical glasses.
Among with common methods we develop new glass-ceramics using the direct doping technique to get novel materials with enhanced the spectroscopic properties.
Special attention is paid to to practical application of the newly engineered media, in particular the feasibility of drawing fibers or of depositing thin films .