Edmund Kelleher

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Brief biography

Dr Edmund Kelleher is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London. Edmund was born in Norwich, England in 1986. He holds a First-class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Warwick, a joint M.Sc, with Distinction, in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices from the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University, and a Ph.D in Physics from Imperial College London, awarded in 2007, 2008 and 2012, respectively. From 2012-2013 he held an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship at Imperial College London, followed by a further year as a postdoctoral research associate supported by an EPSRC Pathways to Impact grant.

In 2013 he won a Junior Research Fellowship from Imperial College London, and a Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering – the position he currently holds within the Department of Physics, Imperial College London. His research interests lie at the interface of fundamental and applied nonlinear optics, with themes including bright and dark soliton and dissipative soliton dynamics, high energy mode-locked fibre lasers, parametric processes, supercontinuum generation and optical frequency combs. Exploiting such processes, his work targets the development of high-energy, ultrashort pulse light sources covering regions of the UV, visible, near-IR and mid-IR for applications ranging from biomedical imaging to chemical spectroscopy. He also has a keen interest in the fundamental optical properties and application of low-dimensional nanomaterials for the development of advanced photonic and plasmonic devices.

In 2015 he was awarded the Paterson Medal by the Institute of Physics, in recognition of "his many contributions to pulse-width and wavelength-versatile fibre-based photonic sources". He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles; is a member of the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Physics; is a regular reviewer for a number of leading international physics periodicals; and has served as a technical-track co-chair at major international optics and photonics conferences.