• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

My areas of research included electromagnetic diffraction theory, quantum mechanics, theory of tunneling and atomic force microscopes. My present research interests are in optics of microresonators, nanophotonics, microfluidics, quantum compiting and networking.


I graduated from the Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia, and have Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the same University. I worked at the Physics Department of Saint-Petersburg University of Telecommunications (Russia) till 1995 when I joined Bell Laboratories (USA). In 2001, I continued my research at OFS Labs after transition of the Optical Fiber Research Department of Bell Labs into the OFS Labs of the Furukawa Electric Company. I joined the Aston Institute for Photonics Technologies at the end of 2013.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Optical Society of America, Fellow.

Royal Society, Reseacrh Fellow 2014-2019 (Wolfson Research Merit Award)

IEEE, Senior Member

Higher Eduaction Academy, Fellow

Professional/editorial offices

Member of the Editorial Board:

Optics Letters (OSA), 2010-2016

Optics (MDPI), 2012-present

Journal of Optical Physics (Hindawi) 2013-present

Teaching Activity

Quantum Mechanics (AP2QUM)

PhD Supervision

Three current PhD students

Funding Applications and Awards

PI: Surface Nanoscale Axial Photonics (Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award), £40K, 2014-2019

Co-PI: Solitons and frequency combs in microresonators (Horizon 2020, H2020-EU.1.3.3, 691011),£22K, 2015-2017

PI: Surface Nanoscale Axial Photonics (EPSRC), £916K, 2017-2021

PI: Quantum SNAP (US Army Research Laboratory), £145K, 2017-2018 

CO-PI: European Industrial Doctorate project MOCCA, €301K, 2018-2021  



  • Developed new approach for the description of single photons interacting with atoms in optical microcavities (2019)
  • Demonstrated thermally tunable SNAP microresonators (2018)
  • Demonstrated the full localization of light in an optical capillary by a droplet (2017).
  • Demonstrated better than 0.2 angstrom precision in fabrication of SNAP structures (2016).
  • Demonstrated subangstrom-precise fabrication of SNAP structures with a femtosecond laser (2016).
  • Proposed an ultralow loss miniature optical buffer (2015).
  • Proposed slow light microfluidics (2014).
  • Invented and demonstrated a fundamentally new type of slow light delay line with breakthrough performance (2013).
  • Invented SNAP (Surface Nanoscale Axial Photonics), a platform for fabrication of miniature silica photonic circuits by nanoscale variation of the optical fiber radius, which exhibits two orders of magnitude greater fabrication precision and two orders of magnitude smaller attenuation of light than in previously developed photonic technologies (2011, 2012).
  • Developed the theory of tunneling from optical nanofibers and explained the nature of transmission losses in nanofibers (2006).
  • Discovered and experimentally demonstrated the fundamental limit of the optical waveguide width (2006, 2007).
  • Invented and demonstrated an optical microcoil resonator (2004, 2007).
  • Demonstrated a silica microbubble resonator with a micron wall thickness (2010).
  • Invented an optical bottle resonator and demonstrated fabrication of bottle resonators with angstrom precision (2004, 2011).
  • Over 50 invited talks at international conferences; 1 book, 4 book chapters, 2 edited journal issues, more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and more than 25 patents.
  • Topical Editor of International Journals, Committee Chair, Workshop Organizer, and Committee Member at several international conferences.
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3137
Email: m.sumetsky@aston.ac.uk
Room number: NW611

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, St. Petersburg State University

1 Sep 197530 Jun 1979


  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • Nanophotonics, quantum computing, optical microdevices
  • QC Physics
  • Photonics, Mechanics, Electromagnetics

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Research Output 2008 2019

Four-port SNAP microresonator device

Crespo-Ballesteros, M., Yang, Y., Toropov, N. & Sumetsky, M., 10 Jul 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 14, p. 3498-3501 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
quantum electrodynamics

Optical bottle microresonators

Sumetsky, M., 13 Apr 2019, In : Progress in Quantum Electronics. 64, p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Whispering gallery modes
whispering gallery modes

Slow cooking of SNAP microresonators

Gardosi, G., Yang, Y. & Sumetsky, M., 10 May 2019, CLEO: Applications and Technology, CLEO_AT 2019. Optical Society of America, Vol. Part F127-CLEO_AT 2019.

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

Silicon Dioxide

SNAP microresonators introduced by strong bending of optical fibers

Bochek, D., Toropov, N., Vatnik, I., Churkin, D. & Sumetsky, M., 18 Jun 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 13, p. 3218-3221 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

optical fibers


2 input/output microfibres SNAP experiment : fabrication and characterization

Author: Li, S., 5 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Sumetsky, M. (Supervisor) & Yang, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (by Research)