| University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
St. Andrews are no longer a partner in PROPHET. When the group of Prof. Thomas Krauss moved from the University of St. Andrews to the University of York, York became a full partner in PROPHET and took over all the responsibilities of St. Andrews within PROPHET. This change took effect on 1st January 2013. In particular, it means that the two PROPHET Fellows who were hosted at St. Andrews are now hosted at York.
The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews (www.st-andrews.ac.uk) is renowned for its Photonics research, based on world-leading research in ultrashort pulse lasers and more recently, on Biophotonics and Nanophotonics research. The School was rated equal second in the UK in the latest research assessment exercise, after Lancaster and equal with Cambridge.
The group involved in PROPHET is the Microphotonics and Photonic Crystals Group (www.st-andrews.ac.uk/microphotonics). The core competence of the group is the nanostructuring capability based on a LEO 1530/Raith Elphy electron-beam nanolithography system, coupled with dedicated processing tools (thin film deposition, reactive ion etching, ion beam etching). The fact that the group holds the European record for low-loss photonic crystal waveguides highlights the high quality of structures made at St. Andrews. The group also has extensive computing facilities (32 core cluster) as well as a suite of characterisation labs with a host of light sources in the near-infrared.