Professor Robert R. Thomson


‘The Proteus team brings together world-class clinicians, scientists and engineers with a common goal – to address critically important gaps in current medical instrumentation.”

Professor Robert R. Thomson is an STFC Advanced Fellow and Reader in Physics within the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS) at Heriot-Watt University.

Within IPaQS he leads a research group aimed at harnessing the power of photonics to develop new types of instrumentation, for applications ranging from astronomy to medicine.

Particular achievements of the group include the first demonstration of an integrated “photonic lantern” – a remarkable class of guided wave devices that facilitates the low-loss coupling of multimode light into single mode photonic devices, and the first “on-sky” testing of such a technology at the William Herschel Telescope in La Palma.

In addition to his academic interests, Robert is also a co-founder of Optoscribe Ltd, and he collaborates strongly with industry.

During the Proteus project, Robert will use his understanding of photonic based instrumentation, and ultrafast laser inscription in particular to enable new Proteus capabilities.