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

Gorlitz F, Guldbrand S, Runcorn T, et al., 2018, easySLM-STED: stimulated emission depletion microscopy with aberration correction, extended field of view and multiple beam scanning, Journal of Biophotonics, Vol:11, ISSN:1864-063X

Quicke P, Reynolds S, Neil M, et al., 2018, High speed functional imaging with source localized multifocal two-photon microscopy, Biomedical Optics Express, Vol:9, ISSN:2156-7085, Pages:3678-3693

Kim Y, Warren S, Favero F, et al., 2018, Semi-random multicore fibre design for adaptive multiphoton endoscopy, Optics Express, Vol:26, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:3661-3673

Gorlitz F, Corcoran DS, Garcia Castano EA, et al., 2017, Mapping molecular function to biological nanostructure: combining structured illumination microscopy with fluorescence lifetime imaging (SIM+FLIM), Photonics, Vol:4, ISSN:2304-6732

Neil MAA, Booth MJ, Wilson T, 1998, Dynamic wave-front generation for the characterization and testing of optical systems, Optics Letters, Vol:23, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:1849-1851

Neil MAA, Juskaitis R, Wilson T, 1997, Method of obtaining optical sectioning by using structured light in a conventional microscope, Optics Letters, Vol:22, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:1905-1907

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