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Linear and nonlinear photonic crystal fibres
Jonathan Knight is Professor in the Department of Physics at Bath, and is currently Head of Department. He obtained his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and did postdoctoral research at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and at the Optoelectronics Research Centre in Southampton. At Southampton, working with his colleagues Philip Russell and Tim Birks, he designed, fabricated and demonstrated the first working example of a new type of low-loss optical fibre - a photonic crystal fibre or PCF.
Since moving to Bath in 1996 he has developed a world-leading team working to fabricate and characterise different forms of PCF. He was a co-founder of the Bath spin-out company Blazephotonics which worked to develop PCF commercially until it closed for business in 2004. He is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences and has published well over 100 papers in international journals.