Dr Mike Tanner



“Optical fibre sensing technologies are an ideal tool for making a diagnosis in remote and intricate areas of the body, improving healthcare outcomes and making a real difference to patients.”

Dr Mike Tanner completed his PhD at Cambridge University within the Microelectronics Research Centre, in collaboration with the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory

He continued his work as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Hitachi, investigating the excitation structure of Isolated Double Quantum Dots (IDQDs), or “artificial molecules”.

Later he expanded into the field of quantum optics, moving to Heriot-Watt University to work with Dr Robert Hadfield on Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors (SNSPDs) and integrated quantum optical circuits.

Utilising skills and knowledge from his previous work while diversifying, Michael helped to guide and grow the research group moving with it to the University of Glasgow as a Research Fellow within the Quantum Sensors Group.

He developed guided mode optical circuits, fibre optic coupling of light to nanoscale systems, and time correlated single photon counting with exquisite sensing technologies.

In addition to developing cutting edge quantum optics experiments and new secure optical communication technologies, he recently applied photon counting technologies to real world sensing problems.

These include time of flight depth imaging, singlet oxygen fluorescence measurements for photodynamic therapy in cancer treatment and primary temperature measurement with optic fibre.

With wide ranging skills in experimental systems, fibre optics, and sensing technologies, Mike will now lead the optical physics strand within the Proteus project to optimise novel fibre probes for clinical application.