Imperial College London

Dr Robbie Murray

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Lecturer in Photonics



+44 (0)20 7594 9672robert.murray10




636CBlackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Robbie is a lecturer in Photonics in the Physics Department in the Femtosecond Optics Group, developing next-generation mid-infrared light sources for a range of applications. His research interests lie at the interface between nonlinear optics, laser physics and novel light source development. The research is driven by a broad range of applications from security to biomedicine. Robbie is also a Security Science Fellow with the Institute of Security Science and Technology (ISST) at Imperial.

His current research is aimed at developing light sources throughout the mid-infrared for precision tissue ablation and analysis techniques. His team is developing new techniques to improve the resolution and speed of various mass spectrometric tissue analysis techniques, including single-cell level mass spectrometry metabolic imaging, very high throughput sample analysis, and precision tumour resection guidance tools. He is also investigating the use of gas filled hollow core fibres to generate high pulse energy sources in the first atmospheric transmission window, for a range of applications across medicine and security.

He currently holds funding from the EPSRC (New Investigator Award) and the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development.  Robbie has an international network of collaborators across the world, in industry and academia, and is always on the look out for talented people to join his team.

His full publication list can be found on Google Scholar. He can also be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.



Temel T, Murray RT, Wang L, et al., 2024, Narrowband-seeded PPLN non-resonant optical parametric oscillator, Optical Materials Express, Vol:14, Pages:889-889

Temel T, Murray RT, Wang L, et al., 2024, Energy scaling of a narrowband, periodically poled LiNbO3, nanosecond, nonresonant optical parametric oscillator., Appl Opt, Vol:63, Pages:1811-1814

Zeng H, Xue W, Murray RT, et al., 2023, Continuous-Wave and Mode-Locked Operation of an In-Band Pumped Tm,Ho,Lu:CaGdAlO4 Laser, Applied Sciences, Vol:13, Pages:12927-12927

Battle RA, Chandran AM, Runcorn TH, et al., 2023, Mid-infrared difference-frequency generation directly pumped by a fiber four-wave mixing source, Optics Letters, Vol:48, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:387-390


Battle RA, Simon D, Xiang Y, et al., 2023, Cellular Level Resolution Ambient Mass Spectrometry Imaging using 3 µm Laser Ablation

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