Department of Physics



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Academic biography
  • Lecturer/Reader/Professor, University of Bath 1984-
  • Research Fellow, University of Bristol, 1981 - 1984
  • Ph.D. (Cambridge) 1981
  • BA (Cambridge) 1978
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Prof David Bird


Research Interests

My research has two distinct themes. The first is in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, where I work on the electronic structure of surfaces. My research involves the development of methods (both analytic and computational) to solve Schrodinger’s equation, combined with applications to systems of current experimental interest. I am currently trying to understand the processes by which atoms and molecules dissipate energy into a material when they form chemical bonds with the surface. This has recently led to the first ab initio calculations of the rate at which electron-hole pairs are created in a molecule-surface reaction. Much of this research is carried out in collaboration with other theorists and experimentalists.

The second theme involves understanding the propagation of light in photonic crystal fibres (PCF). PCFs are novel optical fibres that have structured arrays of air-holes running along their lengths, where the size of these air-holes is of the same order as the wavelength of light. The research involves analytic and computational solutions of Maxwell’s equations, and the aim is to design fibres with novel and useful properties. This work is carried out in close collaboration with experimentalists in the Department's Fibre Photonics group, who are world leaders in the fabrication and use of PCF.


Bai, J. X., Xing, W. Q., Yang, C., Li, Y. F. and Bird, D. M., 2012. Strategy to achieve phase matching condition for third harmonic generation in all-solid photonic crystal fibers. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 24 (5), pp. 389-391.

Chen, L., Pearce, G. J., Birks, T. A. and Bird, D. M., 2011. Guidance in Kagome-like photonic crystal fibres I: analysis of an ideal fibre structure. Optics Express, 19 (7), pp. 6945-6956.

Chen, L. and Bird, D. M., 2011. Guidance in Kagome-like photonic crystal fibres II: perturbation theory for a realistic fibre structure. Optics Express, 19 (7), pp. 6957-6968.

Bird, D., 2011. Nonadiabatic effects in adsorbate-surface dynamics. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 241, 142-PHYS.

Birks, T. A., Bird, D. M., Benabid, F. and Roberts, P. J., 2010. Strictly-bound modes of an idealised hollow-core fibre without a photonic bandgap. In: 36th European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.

Mizielinski, M. S. and Bird, D. M., 2010. Accuracy of perturbation theory for nonadiabatic effects in adsorbate-surface dynamics. Journal of Chemical Physics, 132 (18), 184704.

Li, Y. F., Bird, D. M. and Birks, T. A., 2010. Bend loss in all-solid bandgap fibers revisited. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 28 (9), pp. 1368-1372.

Delgado-Pinar, M., Li, Y., Bird, D. M., Birks, T. A. and Wadsworth, W. J., 2010. Third harmonic generation in uniform fibre nanotapers via intermodal coupling. In: Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference: 2010 Laser Science to Photonic Applications, CLEO/QELS 2010. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Light, P. S., Benabid, F., Pearce, G. J., Couny, F. and Bird, D. M., 2009. Electromagnetically induced transparency in acetylene molecules with counterpropagating beams in V and Λ schemes. Applied Physics Letters, 94 (14), 141103.

Luntz, A., Makkonen, I., Persson, M., Holloway, S., Bird, D. and Mizielinski, M., 2009. Comment on “Role of Electron-Hole Pair Excitations in the Dissociative Adsorption of Diatomic Molecules on Metal Surfaces”. Physical Review Letters, 102 (10), 109601.

Hou, J., Bird, D. M., George, A., Maier, S., Kuhlmey, B. and Knight, J., 2008. Metallic mode confinement in microstructured fibres. Optics Express, 16 (9), pp. 5983-5990.

Bird, D. M., Mizielinski, M., Lindenblatt, M. and Pehlke, E., 2008. Electronic excitation in atomic adsorption on metals: a comparison of ab initio and model calculations. Surface Science, 602 (6), pp. 1212-1216.

Mizielinski, M. S., Bird, D., Persson, M. and Holloway, S., 2008. Newns–Anderson model of chemicurrents in H/Cu and H/Ag. Surface Science, 602 (14), pp. 2617-2622.

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