Prof. Andrew Forbes
Distinguished Professor at Univ of the Witwatersrand
SPIE Involvement:
Membership & Communities Committee | Scholarship Committee | Fellow status | Senior status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author | Editor
Area of Expertise:
Laser resonators , orbital angular momentum , Laser beam shaping , quantum entanglement , vortex and non-diffracting beams
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Profile Summary

Andrew studied Physics at the University of Natal and received his PhD in 1998 in lasers/optics while working at the Atomic Energy Corporation on laser-based Uranium Enrichment. From 1999 he spent several years working in a start-up, where he helped build a private laser company from humble beginnings of just a few friends, to an enterprise employing more than 70 staff. The products are now in use at blue chip institutes around the world, including Lockheed Martin (USA), BAE (UK), ENEA (Italy), NASA (USA) and Dassault (France). The company won many technology awards, attracted significant local and foreign investment, and in 2011 was purchased outright by the USA enterprise Par Systems Inc.

In 2005 Andrew decided to return to more research orientated activities and joined the CSIR National Laser Centre where he started two new research groups: first the User Facility – a set of laboratories for advancing photonics in South Africa through engagement with local universities, and later in 2007 the Mathematical Optics group. During this time Andrew pioneered the use of digital holography for the creation and detection of optical modes, resulting in many high profile journal papers, patents and commercialisation projects. In 2015 Andrew joined the University of the Witwatersrand on the Distinguished Professor programme and has started a new laboratory that focuses on Structured Light and its applications.

Andrew has served on several international conference committees and leadership panels (SPIE, OSA, IEEE), and serves on the editorial board of Optics Express and J. Optics. Andrew is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, a founding member of the Photonics Initiative of South Africa, and a Fellow of both SPIE and the OSA. Andrew and his students have won over 70 awards for outstanding contributions to science. In 2015 Andrew won the special NSTF Photonics award for his contribution to the field over the past decade.
Publications (134)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | March 14, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10549, Complex Light and Optical Forces XII
KEYWORDS: Transmitters, Digital signal processing, Signal attenuation, Adaptive optics, Computer programming, Cryptography, Free space optics, Atmospheric turbulence, Data communications, Free space optical communications

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 22, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10549, Complex Light and Optical Forces XII
KEYWORDS: Confocal microscopy, Diffraction, Mirrors, Resonators, Physics, CCD cameras, Laser resonators, Fractal analysis, Beam shaping, Laser optics

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 16, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10518, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XX
KEYWORDS: Beam splitters, Optical amplifiers, Optical spheres, Polarization, Crystals, Amplifiers, Wave plates, Tomography, Laser crystals, Neodymium lasers

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 16, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10518, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XX
KEYWORDS: Diffraction, Mirrors, Image compression, Resonators, Physics, Laser beam propagation, CCD cameras, Laser resonators, Fractal analysis, Computer graphics

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | February 15, 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10511, Solid State Lasers XXVII: Technology and Devices
KEYWORDS: Optical amplifiers, Polarization, High power lasers, Crystals, Amplifiers, Spatial light modulators, Laser resonators, Laser crystals, Modes of laser operation, Neodymium lasers

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 30, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10409, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XV
KEYWORDS: Beam splitters, Photon polarization, Polarization, Quantum key distribution, Quantum information

Showing 5 of 134 publications
Conference Committee Involvement (37)
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XXI
2 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Complex Light and Optical Forces XIII
2 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Laser Beam Shaping XVIII
20 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Complex Light and Optical Forces XII
30 January 2018 | San Francisco, California, United States
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XX
29 January 2018 | San Francisco, California, United States
Showing 5 of 37 published special sections
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