Group Leader - Dr. John Travers

Associate Professor

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  • Skype: jtravs
  • Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom


John C. Travers was born in the United Kingdom on December 28, 1980. He received the M.Sci. degree in Mathematics and Physics from Durham University in 2003, and the M.Sc in Optics and Photonics, with distinction, from Imperial College London in 2004.

Between 2003-2010 he was a member of the Femtosecond Optics Group at Imperial College London working on both theoretical and experimental aspects of nonlinear fibre optics and mode-locked fibre lasers with Prof. J. Roy Taylor. In 2008 he obtained the Ph.D for his thesis “Controlling nonlinear optics with dispersion in photonic crystal fibres”, for which he was awarded the 2009 European Physical Society Quantum Electronics and Optics Thesis Prize. In 2009 he was one of the first recipients of the Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship.

He joined Prof. Philip Russell’s division at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany in 2010 to lead the ultrafast nonlinear optics sub-group; and was promoted to a W2 level position (equivalent to Associate Professor) in 2012.

In October 2015 he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to build a new independent research group studying high-energy soliton dynamics see HISOL. In 2016 he was appointed Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University, where he established LUPO.

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