AIPT Graduate School Opens

We are pleased to announce that the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) will launch a new Graduate School program this October and November with the purpose of providing focused education sessions for our PhD students. The Graduate School is scheduled to be opened in the afternoon on Oct 10 (Wednesday) and then followed by a series of Wednesday afternoon lectures. All these afternoon sessions will start from 1pm, so light lunch will be also provided at the beginning of every session.  The detailed lecture topics can be found in the attached programme.  

It is COMPULSORY for PhD students to attend all the lectures as these sessions will count towards the 90 hours skills/training for PhD study. Exceptions have to be negotiated with the supervisor.


Although the event is prepared for our PhD students, all members are welcome to attend all these lectures as well. Particularly, all postdocs are REQUIRED to attend the period on the first day up till the coffee break to receive lab management related information.

AIPT Graduate School programme 2012

Oct 10 afternoon (Place: MB204)

1:00-1:30 Lunch and reception
1:30-1:40 Brief update on AIPT (by Sergei Turitsyn)
1:40-2:40 General principle and practical use of lab equipment and facilities (by
Kate Sugden)
2:40-3:10 Lab general rules and laser safety education (by Kaiming Zhou)
3:10-3:30 Coffee break
3:30-4:00 How to apply student related research grants (by Paul Knobbs)
4:00-4:30 An idiot’s guide to data analysis and graphs (by Dave Webb)

Oct 24 afternoon (Place: MB206)

1:00-2:00 Optical Fibre Gratings (I) : history, theory and structure (by Lin Zhang)
2:00-3:00 Optical Fibre Gratings (II): Advanced devices and applications (by Lin Zhang)

Oct 31 afternoon (Place: MB206)

1:00-2:00 Optical Fibre Communications (by Paul Harper)
2:00-3:00 System Performance measurements (by Paul Harper)

Nov 07 afternoon (Place: MB206)

1:00-2:00 Numerical modelling in physics/photonics (I) (by Vladimir Mezentsev)
2:00-3:00 Numerical modelling in physics/photonics (II) (by Vladimir Mezentsev)

Nov 14 afternoon (Place: MB552)

1:00-2:00 The optical components, modules and sub-systems business: an industrial
perspective (by Dr. W. Forysiak, Oclaro, UK)

2:00-3.00 AIPT European Regional Development Fund project for West Midlands (By Sergei Turitsyn and Kaiming Zhou)

Nov 21 afternoon (Place: MB206)

1:00-3:00 Coherent optical communication (by Andrew Ellis)

Nov 28 afternoon (Place: MB206)

1:00-2:00 Mathematical descriptions of polarisation (by Dave Webb)
2:00-3:00 Holography - derivation of the coupled wave equation and application to
Bragg gratings (by Dave Webb)

Jan 08, 2013 afternoon (Place: MB108)

1:00-3:00 Rachel Won (Nature Photonics): Writing paper to Nature Photonics

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