Dr Andrew Maiden
Tel: +44 (0)114 22 25181
Research Group: Semiconductor Materials & Devices
I’m interested in computational optics – enhancing optical systems such as microscopes, cameras or projectors with computer code.
My interest began with my PhD at Durham University, where I used computer modelling of the way light propagates to design digital holograms. The holograms were printed out and projected a 3D pattern of circuitry when illuminated with a laser. We used these projected patterns to expose photoresist for the manufacture of volumetric integrated circuits and 3D antennas.
I spent a year living in the Lake District (where I grew up) after my PhD. I got to indulge my passion for outdoor sports – rock climbing, fell running and triathlon – whilst I was there, so when I decided to return to academia Sheffield was a natural choice, being a very outdoors city with excellent Universities.
I left Sheffield University for a brief spell to work with a spin-out company on commercialisation of ptychography-enhanced microscopes. I missed the freedom of the academic environment, and returned as a Lecturer after a couple of years. As well as my continuing research in computational optics, I now teach analogue electronics to our third years and a hands-on module in optical imaging systems as part of our new two year MSc programme in Bioengineering: Imaging and sensing. I’m also the PhD Admissions Tutor for our Department, so if you’re interested in coming to Sheffield to continue your studies, please get in touch.