Kate Sugden, MIET CPhys

Professor, Professor

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

1993 …2019
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Personal profile

General

I joined Aston University in 2004 as a Medici Fellow having spent seven years in industry and became a Senior Lecturer in 2008 and a Reader in 2014. In 2018 I moved to the School of Engineering and Applied Science as Deputy Dean for Enterprise and International.

My main research interests are in fibre optic sensing systems, fibre Bragg gratings and femtosecond materials processing.

After my PhD and two years working as a research fellow I worked for ADC in Australia for a year transferring fibre Bragg grating technology into a production environment. When I returned to the UK I worked as a director for two fibre optic companies, first for Oxford Fiber Optic Tools, and then Indigo Photonics. 

My teaching interests lie in the development of courses that holistically develop a broad range of engineering skills. At the moment my teaching activities revolve primarily around work and study placements. 

Research Interests

  • Fibre Bragg gratings

  • Fibre optic sensing

  • Fs machining

Teaching Activity

Employment

  • 2001 - 2003: Technical Director Indigo Photonics Ltd

  • 1999 - 2001: Technical Director Oxford Fiber Optic Tools Ltd

  • 1997 - 1998: Senior Physicist ADC Pty Ltd, Canberra, Australia

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Birmingham, 1989

  • MSc (distinction), St Andrews University, 1991

  • PhD in Fabrication and Applications of Fibre Bragg Gratings, Aston University, 1996

External positions

Council Member

Oct 2014Aug 2019

Membership and Professional Development Board Member

Oct 2013Aug 2019

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Research Output 1993 2019

Developments in low-cost laser detection: wide field of view implementation and direction determination

Zandi, M., Benton, D. M., Sugden, K., Titterton, D. H., Grasso, R. J. & Richardson, M. A., 7 Oct 2019, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 11161, 111610H.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

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Wide-field
Field of View
field of view
Cones
aircraft safety

Laser detection utilizing coherence

Benton, D. M., Zandi, M., Sugden, K., Titterton, D. H. (ed.), Grasso, R. J. (ed.) & Richardson, M. A. (ed.), 7 Oct 2019, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 11161, 111610G.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
File
Laser
Lasers
lasers
Laser radiation
Laser Radiation

Spatially distributed delay line interferometer based on transmission Bragg scattering

Preciado, M. A., El-taher, A., Sugden, K. & Shu, X., 26 Aug 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 17, p. 4319-4322 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

delay lines
Bragg gratings
interferometers
optical paths
scattering

Compact assembly-free vector bend sensor based on all-in-fiber-core Mach-Zehnder interferometer

Chen, P., Shu, X. & Sugden, K., 29 Jan 2018, In : Optics Letters. 43, 3, p. 531-534

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Mach-Zehnder interferometers
assembly
fibers
sensors
refractivity

L-band CYTOP Bragg gratings for ultrasound sensing

Broadway, C., Kalli, K., Theodosiou, A., Zubel, M., Sugden, K., Megret, P. & Caucheteur, C., 9 May 2018, Micro-Structured and Specialty Optical Fibres V. SPIE, Vol. 10681. 1068109. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10681).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Polymer Optical Fiber
Plastic optical fibers
Bragg gratings
ultrahigh frequencies
Bragg Grating

Thesis

Acoustic emission detection using optical fibre sensors for aerospace applications

Author: Pappu, R., 31 May 2012

Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Advances in characterisation, calibration and data processing speed of optical coherence tomography systems

Author: Rasakanthan, J., 21 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor) & Webb, D. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Advances in femtosecond micromachining and inscription of micro and nano photonic devices

Author: Smith, G., Oct 2011

Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor) & Bennion, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Fabrication and applications of fibre Bragg gratings

Author: Sugden, K., 1996

Supervisor: Bennion, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Femtosecond laser micromachining and inscription of novel planar and fibre devices

Author: Lee, G., 25 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy