Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials



3 West 3.11A
Email: D.Bird@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3383

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.


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