Allister Ferguson


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Professor Allister Ferguson FRSE, is the Professor of Photonics in the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde. He founded the Institute of Photonics and has led discussions on the formation of the Technology and Innovation Centre and the establishment of the relationship between Fraunhofer and the university. He is a former Deputy Principal giving him responsibility for the university research and knowledge exchange portfolio.


He was the principal investigator on a RCUK Science Bridges project that brought together four Scottish universities (Heriot Watt, Glasgow, St.Andrews and Strathclyde) with two Californian universities (Stanford and Caltech) under the banner of SU2P. The SU2P collaboration continues funded by the university and industry partners and seeks to extract economic impact of the joint research based through knowledge exchange. He chairs the SU2P Executive Committee.


He has worked with NPL since the early 1980s. He was the recipient of the first NPL Metrology Award in 1983.


He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  


His present role is as Senior Adviser to the Principal

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Projects 2006 2018

Research Output 1999 2009

2 Citations (Scopus)

Two-photon absorption properties of crystalline knbo3 at 430 nm and efficient high pulse energy blue second-harmonic generation

Major, A., Hutchings, D., Langford, N., Ferguson, A. I., Aitchison, J. S., Smith, P. W. E. & Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in Canada (Funder), Jun 2009, In : Laser Physics Letters. 6, 6, p. 450-453 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harmonic generation
harmonic generations
Crystalline materials
16 Citations (Scopus)

Novel GaIn medium design for short-wavelength vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

Ferguson, A. I., McGinily, S. J., Abram, R. H., Gardner, K. S., Riis, E. & Roberts, J. S., 2007, In : IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. 43, p. 445-450 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surface emitting lasers
surface emitting lasers


Characterisation and implementation of synthetic diamond as a Raman laser material

Author: Reilly, S., 1 Apr 2015

Supervisor: Kemp, A. (Supervisor) & Ferguson, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Intracavity optical parametric oscillators based on orientation-patterned gallium arsenide

Author: Kane, D. J., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Kemp, A. (Supervisor) & Ferguson, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2009 2013

SU2P MidIR & THz Workshop 2013

Allister Ferguson (Organiser)
18 Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

Andrew Moore

Allister Ferguson (Host)
Jan 2013Feb 2013

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor


Creation of a cluster of innovative laser companies in Glasgow serving global markets

Erling Riis (Participant), Allister Ferguson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce