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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    General Info

    I started my research career at Aston in 1994 as a PhD student studying high speed optical telecommunications in the early days of what would become the world renowned Photonics Research Group.

    After graduating in 1997 I continued this work at Aston as a Post Doc. In May 2002 along with co-workers, I left the university to form a spin-out project Marconi-Solstis to commercialise our research work.


    I was a Senior Development Engineer on this project working on system design, test and field installation. Following the first field deployment of our 1.6Tb/s 3000km system I continued with Marconi as Photonic System Test Manager.

    In March 2005 I came back to Aston as a Lecturer and resumed my research career and began my academic teaching career.

     Research Info

    My current research interests are still in the field of optical fibre communications with the emphais on wideband optical communications, particularly using Raman amplification. I have been a Principle & Co-investigator on EPSRC & EU funded grants in this field as well as leading industrially funded research projects. Since starting at Aston as a member of academic staff in 2005 I have supervised 8 PhD students to completion of their research degrees and published extensively. 

     Teaching Info

    My teaching has covered a wide range of topics and academic levels from fundamentals of Physics as part of our foundation year to MSc level Optical Communications. In all my taught modules I put a strong emphasis on practical work, trying to pass on as much of my experience as a lab based engineer/scientist as possible.

    Since 2014 I've also had the role of Undergraduate Programme Director leading the teaching delivery team for our Electronic Engineering programmes and developing new versions of these to keep our teaching industrially and academically relevant.


    Other Positions

    I was a founding member of the Aston University Engineering Academy ( )Pre-opening Board and have been a member of the Board of Governors since the academy opened. I am now in my third term of office & chair both the Disciplinary & Exclusions Appeals Board and the Learning & Progress Forum.


    Research Interests

    High Speed Optical Communications

    Wide Bandwidth Optical Fibre Amplification

    Raman Amplifiers & Lasers

    Nonlinear Optics

    Teaching Activity

    Foundations of Physics & Engineering (SE0PSF)

    Digital Media Science (EE1MED)

    Communication Systems (EE2CSY)

    Analogue Electronics (EE2AEL)

    Automation, Measurement and Data Processing (EE3AMD)

    Digital Transmissions and Communication Systems (EE3DDT)

    Optical Communications Systems (EE3OCS/EE402A)


    • PhD (Long Distance Dispersion Managed Soliton Transmission Experiments), Aston University, 1997

    • MSc (with distinction), University of St. Andrews, 1993

    • BSc (First Class Honours), University of Glasgow, 1992


    • 2005 – present: Lecturer then Reader, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    • 2000 – 2003: Senior Development Engineer/Manager Photonic System Test, Marconi Systems (Solstis)

    • 1997 – 2001: Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Aston University

    Contact Details

    Room:  NW523
    Phone:  0121 204 3525 

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    Research Output

    High-capacity multi-span transmission performance characterization of broadband discrete Raman amplifier

    Krzczanowicz, L., Iqbal, M. A., Phillips, I., Harper, P. & Forysiak, W., 8 Jun 2020, In : Optics Express. 28, 12, p. 18296-18303 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Impact of pump-signal overlap in S+C+L band discrete Raman amplifiers

    Iqbal, M. A., Di Rosa, G., Krzczanowicz, L., Phillips, I., Harper, P., Richter, A. & Forysiak, W., 5 Jun 2020, In : Optics Express. 28, 12, p. 18440-18448 9 p., 18440.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Nonlinear Tolerance Enhancement Based on Perturbation Theory for Optical Phase Conjugation Systems

    Nguyen, T. T., Harper, P., Sunish Kumar, O. S. & Ellis, A., 12 Mar 2020, 2020 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2020 - Proceedings. Optical Society of America, p. Th2A.52 9083480

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

  • Distributed Pumping Architecture to Improve the Noise Performance of Broadband Discrete Raman Amplifier

    Iqbal, M. A., Krzczanowicz, L., Philips, I. D., Harper, P. & Forysiak, W., 22 Apr 2019, 2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 - Proceedings. Optical Society of America, 8696365

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

  • Distributed Raman Amplification Design for Fibre Nonlinearity Compensation with Mid-Link Optical Phase Conjugation

    Tan, M., Al-khateeb, M. A. Z., Zhang, T., Harper, P. & Ellis, A. D., 19 Sep 2019, 21st International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2019. IEEE, Vol. 2019-July. 8840568. (2019 21st International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON)).

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

  • Datasets

    Performance Estimation of Discrete Raman Amplification within Broadband Optical Networks

    Krzczanowicz, L. (Creator), Al-Khateeb, M. A. Z. (Creator), Iqbal, M. A. (Creator), Phillips, I. (Creator), Harper, P. (Creator) & Forysiak, W. (Creator), Aston Data Explorer, 3 May 2019


    Raman fibre laser based amplification in long-haul/unrepeatered coherent transmission systems

    Tan, M. (Creator), Rosa, P. (Creator), Iqbal, M. A. (Creator), Le, S. T. (Creator), Phillips, I. (Creator), Turitsyn, S. (Creator) & Harper, P. (Creator), Aston Data Explorer, 31 Oct 2017


    Performance optimization in ultra-long Raman laser amplified 10x30 GBaud DP-QPSK transmission: Balancing RIN and ASE noise

    Gallazzi, F. (Creator), Rizzelli, G. (Creator), Iqbal, M. A. (Creator), Tan, M. (Creator), Harper, P. (Creator) & Ania-Castañón, J. D. (Creator), Aston Data Explorer, 9 Oct 2017



    Long distance dispersion managed soliton transmission experiments

    Author: Harper, P., Oct 1997

    Supervisor: Doran, N. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy