Miles J. Padgett

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Miles Padgett

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Miles John Padgett

(1963-06-01) 1 June 1963 (age 56)[1]
Alma mater
Known for
Heather Reid (m. 2001)
Scientific career
ThesisTechniques for ultra-high resolution saturation spectroscopy and laser stabilisation in the 10µm spectral region (1988)
Doctoral studentsJacqueline Romero[6]

Miles John Padgett, FRS FRSE FInstP (born 1 June 1963)[1][2] is Professor of Optics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow.[7] He has held the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy since 2011[5][8][9][10] and has served as Vice Principal for research at Glasgow since 2014.[11][12][13][14][15]


Padgett was educated at the University of Manchester, the University of York, the University of St Andrews and Trinity College, Cambridge[2] where he was awarded a PhD in 1988.

Research and career[edit]

Working with Les Allen, Padgett conducted pioneering work on optical angular momentum,[3] for which they were awarded in 2009 the Young Medal.[4] The research group he leads is best known for its work on the fundamental properties of light's angular momentum, including optical tweezers and optical spanners,[16] the use of orbital angular momentum states to extend the alphabet of optical communication (with both classical and quantum light), and demonstrations of an angular form of the EPR paradox.[17] Padgett's research has been published in leading peer reviewed scientific journals including Science,[18][19][20][21][22] Nature,[23][24] Physical Review Letters,[3] and Optics Express[9] and Progress in Optics.[10] Padgett's research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).[25]

Awards and honours[edit]

Padgett was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2001,[26] in 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society and in 2012 a Fellow of the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) – the UK's national academy of science.[26] His nomination for the Royal Society reads:

In 2009, with Les Allen, he won the Institute of Physics (IOP) Young Medal and in 2014 Padgett was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Lord Kelvin Medal. In 2015 he won the Science of Light Prize[27] from the European Physical Society[citation needed], in 2017 the Max Born Award[28] of the The Optical Society (OSA) and in 2019 the Rumford Medal[29] of the Royal Society. Padgett is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Padgett currently[when?] resides in Glasgow with his wife Heather Reid[1][30][31] and their daughter, Jenna.


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  2. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae: Miles Padgett FRSE" (PDF). University of Glasgow. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Leach, J.; Padgett, M.; Barnett, S.; Franke-Arnold, S.; Courtial, J. (2002). "Measuring the Orbital Angular Momentum of a Single Photon". Physical Review Letters. 88 (25): 257901. Bibcode:2002PhRvL..88y7901L. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.257901. PMID 12097130.
  4. ^ a b "Young medal recipients". Archived from the original on 26 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b Miles J. Padgett publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ Romero, Mary Jacquiline (2012). Orbital Angular Momentum Entanglement. (PhD thesis). OCLC 826894898. EThOS Free to read
  7. ^ a b "Professor Miles Padgett FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 5 August 2014.
  8. ^ "University of Glasgow :: Story :: Professorships: Natural Philosophy (Kelvin Chair)". University of Glasgow. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013.
  9. ^ a b Gibson, G.; Courtial, J.; Padgett, M. J.; Vasnetsov, M.; Pas'Ko, V.; Barnett, S. M.; Franke-Arnold, S. (2004). "Free-space information transfer using light beams carrying orbital angular momentum". Optics Express. 12 (22): 5448–5456. Bibcode:2004OExpr..12.5448G. doi:10.1364/OPEX.12.005448. PMID 19484105.
  10. ^ a b Allen, L.; Padgett, M. J.; Babiker, M. (1999). IV the Orbital Angular Momentum of Light. Progress in Optics. 39. pp. 291–372. doi:10.1016/S0079-6638(08)70391-3. ISBN 9780444501042.
  11. ^ "University of Glasgow :: School of Physics and Astronomy :: Our staff :: Prof Miles J Padgett". University of Glasgow. 24 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014.
  12. ^ Gibney, E. (2015). "Optics: Leading lights". Nature. 518 (7538): 154–157. Bibcode:2015Natur.518..154G. doi:10.1038/518154a. PMID 25673395.
  13. ^ Miles Padgett: Optical tweezers and twisted beams of light on YouTube, SPIE.TV
  14. ^ Miles J. Padgett's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  15. ^ "Scientists slow the speed of light:A team of Scottish scientists has made light travel slower than the speed of light". BBC News. 23 January 2015.
  16. ^ Simpson, N. B.; Dholakia, K; Allen, L; Padgett, M. J. (1997). "Mechanical equivalence of spin and orbital angular momentum of light: An optical spanner". Optics Letters. 22 (1): 52–4. Bibcode:1997OptL...22...52S. doi:10.1364/ol.22.000052. PMID 18183100.
  17. ^ "Optics: Research Areas". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  18. ^ Giovannini, D; Romero, J; Potoček, V; Ferenczi, G; Speirits, F; Barnett, S. M.; Faccio, D; Padgett, M. J. (2015). "Optics. Spatially structured photons that travel in free space slower than the speed of light". Science. 347 (6224): 857–60. arXiv:1411.3987. Bibcode:2015Sci...347..857G. doi:10.1126/science.aaa3035. PMID 25612608.
  19. ^ Lavery, M. P.; Speirits, F. C.; Barnett, S. M.; Padgett, M. J. (2013). "Detection of a spinning object using light's orbital angular momentum" (PDF). Science. 341 (6145): 537–40. Bibcode:2013Sci...341..537L. doi:10.1126/science.1239936. PMID 23908234.
  20. ^ Sun, B; Edgar, M. P.; Bowman, R; Vittert, L. E.; Welsh, S; Bowman, A; Padgett, M. J. (2013). "3D computational imaging with single-pixel detectors". Science. 340 (6134): 844–7. Bibcode:2013Sci...340..844S. doi:10.1126/science.1234454. PMID 23687044.
  21. ^ Franke-Arnold, S; Gibson, G; Boyd, R. W.; Padgett, M. J. (2011). "Rotary photon drag enhanced by a slow-light medium". Science. 333 (6038): 65–7. Bibcode:2011Sci...333...65F. doi:10.1126/science.1203984. PMID 21719672.
  22. ^ Leach, J; Jack, B; Romero, J; Jha, A. K.; Yao, A. M.; Franke-Arnold, S; Ireland, D. G.; Boyd, R. W.; Barnett, S. M.; Padgett, M. J. (2010). "Quantum correlations in optical angle-orbital angular momentum variables". Science. 329 (5992): 662–5. Bibcode:2010Sci...329..662L. doi:10.1126/science.1190523. PMID 20689014.
  23. ^ Leach, J; Dennis, M. R.; Courtial, J; Padgett, M. J. (2004). "Laser beams: Knotted threads of darkness" (PDF). Nature. 432 (7014): 165. Bibcode:2004Natur.432..165L. doi:10.1038/432165a. PMID 15538357.
  24. ^ Courtial, J; Leach, J; Padgett, M. J. (2001). "Fractals in pixellated video feedback" (PDF). Nature. 414 (6866): 864. Bibcode:2001Natur.414..864C. doi:10.1038/414864a. PMID 11780051.
  25. ^ "UK Government grants awarded to Miles Padgett". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015.
  26. ^ a b "Miles Padgett's biography at SPIE". SPIE. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014.
  27. ^ "Research into the Science of Light Prize — QEOD". Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  28. ^ "Max Born Award".
  29. ^ "Rumford Medal". Royal Society. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  30. ^ "SCOTLAND | Sun shines on Heather the wedder". BBC News. 17 August 2001. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013.
  31. ^ Alison, Rennie (10 December 2009). "HEATHER THE WEATHER QUITS - There will be 'snow' stress for me this Christmas". Paisley Daily Express. p. 3. Retrieved 26 January 2019.