Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Photonics



+44 (0)20 7594 7611mark.neil




Ms Judith Baylis +44 (0)20 7594 7713




608Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Mark Neil studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge before pursuing his Ph.D. in Optical Information Processing at the Engineering Department there.  Moving then to the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University he continued his work in Optics as a post-doctoral researcher and college lecturer until joining the Photonics Group in the Physics Department at Imperial in 2002, where he became Professor in 2009.

With such a broad academic background it is hardly surprising that he often finds himself working in multidisciplinary projects alongside engineers, medics, chemists and biologists and on problems as diverse as studying the inner workings of cancer cells to the manufacture of mirrors for forthcoming generations of extremely large astronomical telescopes.  While imaging, microscopy and metrology are the mainstays of his work, underpinning this are technologies that enable the control of light by computer that are now changing how we view the potential applications of optical systems.



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Journal Articles

Auksorius E, Boruah BR, Dunsby C, et al., 2008, Stimulated emission depletion microscopy with a supercontinuum source and fluorescence lifetime imaging, Optics Letters, Vol:33, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:113-115

Owen DM, Neil MAA, French PMW, et al., 2007, Optical techniques for imaging membrane lipid microdomains in living cells, Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, Vol:18, ISSN:1084-9521, Pages:591-598

Poher V, Grossman N, Kennedy GT, et al., 2008, Micro-LED arrays: a tool for two-dimensional neuron stimulation, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727

Grant DM, McGinty J, McGhee EJ, et al., 2007, High speed optically sectioned fluorescence lifetime imaging permits study of live cell signaling events, Optics Express, Vol:15, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:15656-15673

Lee ACH, Elson DS, Neil MA, et al., 2009, Solid-state semiconductors are better alternatives to arc-lamps for efficient and uniform illumination in minimal access surgery., Surg Endosc, Vol:23, Pages:518-526

Gong Z, Gu E, Jin SR, et al., 2008, Efficient flip-chip InGaN micro-pixellated light-emitting diode arrays: Promising candidates for micro-displays and colour conversion, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727

Dawson MD, Neil MAA, 2008, Micro-pixellated LEDs for science and instrumentation, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727

Kennedy GT, Elson DS, Hares JD, et al., 2008, Fluorescence lifetime imaging using light emitting diodes, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, Vol:41, ISSN:0022-3727

Galletly NP, McGinty J, Dunsby C, et al., 2008, Fluorescence lifetime imaging distinguishes basal cell carcinoma from surrounding uninvolved skin, British Journal of Dermatology, Vol:159, ISSN:0007-0963, Pages:152-161

Owen DM, Auksorius E, Manning HB, et al., 2007, Excitation-resolved hyperspectral fluorescence lifetime imaging using a UV-extended supercontinuum source, Optics Letters, Vol:32, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:3408-3410

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