Srikanth Sugavanam

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)

Mr Srikanth Sugavanam
Srikanth Sugavanam is a post-doctoral research scientist/EU Project Manager with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), Aston University, Birmingham UK. He did his B.Sc in Physics from B.G.E.S college, Kolkata and B.Tech in Optics and Photonics from the Applied Optics and Photonics Department of the University of Calcutta. He further pursued his M.S. degrees in Photonics from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland and Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany under the Erasmus Mundus OpSciTech programme. He completed his PhD in 2015 from the AIPT under Prof. Sergei Turitsyn, specialising in the area of real-time intensity and spectral measurements of fibre laser dynamics. Apart from this, he has also worked in the area of optical metamaterials, Raman fibre lasers, and random fibre lasers. His contributions have been featured in several international journals, including Nature Photonics and Nature Communications


Apart from actively pursuing research, Srikanth is fulfilling the role of Programme Manager for the Marie S.-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship programme, MULTIPLY, co-ordinated by Aston University. The Programme, consisting of a consortium of 46 premier photonics research institutes across the globe and academic organisation, will be offering Marie S.-Curie fellowships to aspiring post-docs to pursue research in area of photonics of their choice, with a host of their choice.

Position: Research Fellow, Programme Manager, MULTIPLY 

Room: NW715





  • 2015 - PhD, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University, in the area of real-time intensity and spectral measurements in fibre lasers.
  • 2014 - Aston Certificate in Teaching
  • 2011-Present - Research student, Photonics Research Group, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • 2009-2010 - MS Photonics, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany (Erasmus Mundus OpSciTech Programme)
  • 2008-2009 - MS Optics and Optomechatronics, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland (Erasmus Mundus OpSciTech Programme) 
  • 2005-2008 - B.Tech Optics and Optoelectronics, Department of Applied Optics and Photonics, Calcutta University 
  • 2003-2005 -B.Sc. Physics Hons., Calcutta University 
  •  2016 - present - Programme Manager, EC-Marie S.-Curie Postdoctoral fellowship programme MULTIPLY, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University.
  • October 2015-September 2016 - Post-doctoral research assistant, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University.
  • Tutor, SE11EM - Transition mathematics for Engineers, including MATLAB 
  • Tutor, SE12EM - Mathematics for 1st Year Engineering students (2013-14)
  • Tutor, SE0PSF - Physical Science and Engineering Foundations (2013-14)
Real-time intensity and spectral characterization of fibre lasers, fibre laser applications, metamaterials, nanophotonics, interferometry and classical coherence.

Other interests

Photography (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssrikanthphoto/), Music (https://soundcloud.com/smlp/tracks). Actively in the lookout for musical collaborators!

Associate of the Higher Education Academy since 2014. 

  • Sugavanam, S., Tarasov, N. and Churkin, D.V., 2016. Real-time intensity domain characterization of fibre lasers using spatio-temporal dynamics. Applied Sciences, 6(3), p.65.

  • Sugavanam, S., Tarasov, N., Wabnitz, S., and Churkin, D.V., "Ginzburg–Landau turbulence in quasi-CW Raman fiber lasers." Laser & Photonics Reviews (2015).   
  • Tarasov, N., Sugavanam, S., and Churkin, D. V., "Spatio-temporal generation regimes in quasi-CW Raman fiber lasers," Opt. Express 23, 24189-24194 (2015)  
  • Churkin, D. V., Sugavanam, S., Vatnik, I. D., Wang, Z., Podivilov, E. V., Babin, S. A., Rao, Y., and Turitsyn, S. K., "Recent advances in fundamentals and applications of random fiber lasers." Adv. Opt. Photon. 7, no. 3 (2015): 516-569.  
  • Churkin, D. V., Sugavanam, S., Tarasov, N., Khorev, S., Smirnov, S. V., Kobtsev, S. M., and Turitsyn, S. K., "Stochasticity, periodicity and localized light structures in partially mode-locked fibre lasers." Nat. Commun. 6 (2015).  
  • Sugavanam, S., Yan, Z., Kamynin, V., Kurkov, A. S., Zhang, L., and Churkin, D. V., "Multiwavelength generation in a random distributed feedback fiber laser using an all fiber Lyot filter," Opt. Express 22, no. 3 (2014): 2839-2844.  
  • Turitsyna, E. G., Smirnov, S. V., Sugavanam, S., Tarasov, N., Shu, X., Babin, S. A., Podivilov, E. V., Churkin, D. V., Falkovich, G., & Turitsyn, S. K., ‘The laminar turbulent transition in a fiber laser," Nat. Photonics 7, 783– 786, (2013)  
  • Sugavanam, S., Tarasov, N., Shu, X., and Churkin, D.V., "Narrow-band generation in random distributed feedback fiber laser," Opt. Express 21, 16466 (2013) 
  • Chipouline, A., Sugavanam, S., Fedotov, V. A., and Nikolaenko, A. E., "Analytical model for active metamaterials with quantum ingredients," J. Opt. 14, no. 11 (2012): 114005. 
  • S. Sugavanam, "The physics of rings", Journal of the MP Birla Planetarium, March 2006

    Complete list available here.