The Integrated Lightwave Research Group (previously known as Photonics Research Group) in the Faculty of Engineering, led by Professor Dr Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan, was established in early 2009. The group’s initial target was to explore the field on integrated photonics based on glass technology and polymer substrates. To this end, a combination of selective area spray doping and single beam direct UV writing was adopted in making chips containing both optically active and passive functions. The group’s collaboration with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (Southampton) was aimed at producing small form factor distributed Bragg reflected lasers and amplifiers.
A major achievement by the group took place early 2010 when it was granted University of Malaya’s High Impact Research grant to begin work on the hybrid optical fibre-glass chip called Flat Fibre. The grant allowed for the setting up of a single-sided optical drawing tower – currently the only one in a South East Asian university.
Following the commissioning of the optical draw tower facility end of 2010, the group became a focal point in photonic research, forming collaboration with a number of Malaysian universities and research institutions. In addition, it has also embarked on a 5-year Ministry of Higher Education High Impact project on the development of Photonic Biosensors, focusing on rapid detection of the dengue virus. Furthermore, the group has began initial efforts in fabricating multistructured optical fibres, mainly geared towards sensing applications.
Prof. Dr. Faisal Rafiq Bin Mahamd Adikan
Department of Electrical Engineering
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