Prof. Andrew Forbes
Distinguished Professor at Univ of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg
SPIE Involvement:
Scholarship Committee | Conference Program Committee | 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 (147)

Proceedings Article | 13 March 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11266, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XXII
KEYWORDS: Superposition, Optical components, Resonators, Polarization, Laser processing, Laser applications, Poincaré sphere, Laser resonators, Beam shaping, Computer engineering

Proceedings Article | 13 March 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11259, Solid State Lasers XXIX: Technology and Devices
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Ferroelectric materials, Resonators, Polarization, Laser processing, Laser applications, Imaging spectroscopy, Wave plates, Laser resonators, Solid state physics

SPIE Journal Paper | 10 March 2020
OE Vol. 59 Issue 04
KEYWORDS: Spatial light modulators, Digital micromirror devices, Optoelectronic devices, Liquid crystals, Optical engineering, Liquid crystal on silicon, Structured light, Modulation, Polarization, LCDs

Proceedings Article | 9 March 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11266, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XXII
KEYWORDS: Holograms, Modulation, Laser applications, Spatial light modulators

Proceedings Article | 9 March 2020
Proc. SPIE. 11297, Complex Light and Optical Forces XIV
KEYWORDS: Superposition, Photovoltaics, Fourier transforms, Optical tweezers, Optical communications, Bessel beams, Quantum information processing

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Proceedings Volume Editor (9)

SPIE Conference Volume | 30 December 2016

SPIE Conference Volume | 28 September 2015

SPIE Conference Volume | 6 October 2014

SPIE Conference Volume | 18 October 2013

SPIE Conference Volume | 2 October 2012

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Conference Committee Involvement (43)
Complex Light and Optical Forces XV
23 January 2021 | San Francisco, California, United States
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XXIII
23 January 2021 | San Francisco, California, United States
Laser Beam Shaping XX
24 August 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Complex Light and Optical Forces XIV
4 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XXII
3 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
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