Dr Neil Broderick


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Neil received his PhD in 1996 and joined the Department of Physics in 2011 as Associate Professor.

Research | Current

Neil is an expert on the generation propagation of light in optical fibres and its applications. He has worked on fibre lasers, amplifiers and pulse shaping for micromachining. This work means that he is a member of the photon factory leading the fibre micromachining activities. His activities span the range between studying the fundamental mechanisms behind mode-locking to the applications of such systems in NZ. He is active in developing fibre sensors for geophysics applications and in particular looking at the alpine fault on the South Island. 

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently looking to recruit a number of Ph.D. students in areas ranging from femtosecond laser micromachining

to negative ion beam generation.  These projects are as follows


1) Improved femtosecond micromaching: How to increase the speed, range of materials, machining depth etc.

2) Modelling of mode-locking in lasers: Collaboration with Prof. Bernd Krauskopf 

3) Development of a high current negative ion beam source for the semiconductor industry.  A collaboration with D-Pace and Buckley Systems.

For a complete project description of these projects please email me.

Areas of expertise

  • Fibre Lasers
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Photonic crystal fibres
  • Optical Sensors
  • Micromachining

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Bowen, P., Erkintalo, M., & Broderick, N. G. R. (2018). Large net-normal dispersion Er-doped fibre laser mode-locked with a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror. Optics Communications, 410, 447-451. 10.1016/j.optcom.2017.10.053
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Miro Erkintalo
  • Mo, Z., Xu, W., & Broderick, N. G. R. (2018). Capability characterization via ex-vivo experiments of a fiber optical tip force sensing needle for tissue identification. IEEE Sensors Journal, 18 (3), 1195-1202. 10.1109/JSEN.2017.2778769
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43388
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Xu
  • Terrien, S., Krauskopf, B., Broderick, N. G., Andreoli, L., Selmi, F., Braive, R., ... Barbay, S. (2017). Asymmetric noise sensitivity of pulse trains in an excitable microlaser with delayed optical feedback. Physical Review A, 96 (4)10.1103/PhysRevA.96.043863
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bernd Krauskopf
  • Sutherland, R., Townend, J., Toy, V., Upton, P., Coussens, J., Allen, M., ... Boese, C. (2017). Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault. Nature, 546 (7656), 137-140. 10.1038/nature22355
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Eccles
  • Mahjoubfar, A., Churkin, D. V., Barland, S., Broderick, N. G., Turitsyn, S., & Jalali, B. (2017). Time stretch and its applications. Nature Photonics, 11 (6), 341-351. 10.1038/nphoton.2017.76
  • Kho, J., Provo, R., Harvey, J. D., & Broderick, N. G. (2017). 5 nJ, 200 fs, all-fibre laser mode-locked with a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror at 1030 nm. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers, Part F75-ASSL 2017. Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. 10.1364/ASSL.2017.JTh2A.38
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Harvey
  • Broderick, N. G. R., Krauskopf, B., Terrien, S., Garbin, B., Brunstein, M., Yacomotti, A. M., & Levenson, A. (2017). Bifurcation Analysis of Nonlinear Coupled Photonic Nanocavities. Paper presented at Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe / European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC), Munich, GERMANY. 25 June - 29 June 2017. 2017 CONFERENCE ON LASERS AND ELECTRO-OPTICS EUROPE & EUROPEAN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS CONFERENCE (CLEO/EUROPE-EQEC). (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bernd Krauskopf
  • Terrien, S., Krauskopf, B., & Broderick, N. G. R. (2017). Bifurcation analysis of the Yamada model for a pulsing semiconductor laser with saturable absorber and delayed optical feedback. SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 16 (2), 771-801. 10.1137/16M1099236
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bernd Krauskopf

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 5, Room 501
New Zealand