Mike Damzen is Professor of Experimental Laser Physics at Imperial College London. He is Head of the Photonics Group whose research activities including laser technology, applied optics, biomedical imaging, biophotonics, and industrial photonics applications. He leads the research team of the Nonlinear Optics sub-group with activities in lasers and nonlinear optical techniques.
His research includes a number of novel high power laser architectures, technologies and techniques from self-organising (holographic) lasers to ultra-high gain and tunable diode-pumped solid-state laser systems.
He currently leads a programme on the development of wavelength tunable laser technology for space and airborne remote sensing (e.g. atmosphere and vegetation) - with long standing support from the European Space Agency (ESA). He has demonstrated breakthrough development of tunable-wavelength diode-pumped Alexandrite laser technology, including world-highest power operation and first Q-switched operation. The laser technology is being developed towards specifications for remote sensing (e.g short pulse, high pulse rate in near-IR and UV) and with space-compliant engineering. Other configurations are being investigated for other compact, low-cost applications, such as in biophotonics.
He was Academic Founder of Midaz Lasers Ltd, and acted as Director and Chief Scientific Officer over its operational period from 2006 until its successful trade sale to one of the world's premier laser companies in 2012. Midaz designed, assembled and sold engineered laser and amplifier products to the precision laser manufacturing market, incorporating patented solid-state laser technology arising from his research.
Thomas GM, Minassian A, Damzen MJ, 2018, Optical vortex generation from a diode-pumped alexandrite laser, Laser Physics Letters, Vol:15, ISSN:1612-2011
Kerridge-Johns WR, Damzen MJ, 2018, Temperature effects on tunable cw Alexandrite lasers under diode end-pumping, Optics Express, Vol:26, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:7771-7785
et al., 2018, Diode-pumped Alexandrite laser with passive SESAM Q-switching and wavelength tunability, Optics Communications, Vol:410, ISSN:0030-4018, Pages:970-976
Thomas GM, Damzen MJ, Next generation space and airborne laser technology - plenary, SpaceLab 2015
et al., Progress in diode-pumped Alexandrite lasers as a new resource for future space Lidar missions, International Conference on Space Optics