Allan Gillespie

University of Dundee

Allan Gillespie has held the Chair of Photonics at Dundee since December 2004. A graduate of Glasgow University, Professor Gillespie was previously Professor of Photonics at the University of Abertay, a post he held for 8 years. He has also worked at the National Institute for Nuclear & High Energy Physics in Amsterdam, and spent a year at Stanford University, California, as a visiting scientist. He has an international reputation in physics in several areas, has been a member of the EPSRC College, and currently holds three EPSRC/STFC/TSB research grants.

His current research interests fall into three broad categories:

  1. The physics of free-electron lasers and light sources based on high-energy electron accelerators, including beam diagnostics based on ultrafast (femtosecond) laser optics. This work is carried out in several international laboratories, including DESY in Hamburg and SLAC at Stanford University. He is part of the Alpha-X laser plasma accelerator project based at the University of Strathclyde and the CLIC Linear Collider Project at CERN.
  2. The physics and applications of laser-processed nanostructured materials, and novel crystal optics. This work is carried out at Dundee in collaboration with Dr Amin Abdolvand and colleagues.
  3. Aspects of information technology involving mobile computing, sensors and data gathering/manipulation. This is part of the programme of the MoCASS Group at Dundee.