Professor Daniel Esser

Daniel Esser is a professor in Laser Device Physics & Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, focussing on diode-pumped solid-state lasers and devices in the near and mid-infrared spectral range. His research interests include power and energy scaling these modern types of lasers, as well as the myriad applications where these lasers are used.

His research background include key demonstrations of Nd-doped systems for 1 µm operation (Nd:YLF and Nd:YVO4), Tm-doped systems at 1.9 µm (Tm:YLF, Tm:GdVO4) and Ho-doped lasers and amplifiers for high energy 2 µm operation (Ho:YLF, Ho:LuLF). These lasers could be applied to defence, remote sensing and industrial processes. In addition to his publication outputs, he was also co-author and principle investigator for a number of technology demonstrators developed during industry-focussed research projects.

Daniel is Principle Investigator for an EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes project entitled “High energy amplifiers for ultrafast lasers”. The project team will research, develop and demonstrate new amplifier technology for short-pulse laser systems by utilising a number of key innovative concepts and emerging technologies.  The project is supported by the industrial collaborator Rofin-Sinar UK.

In summary, Daniel has a relentless passion to see new technological developments in diode-pumped solid-state lasers to be adopted by industry.

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