Professor John David Harvey

MSc, PhD(Surrey), FNZIP, FRSNZ

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Research | Current

  • Theoretical studies of nonlinear pulse propagation in optical fibres
  • Experimental studies of nonlinear fibre optics
  • Applications to high speed optical communications systems.


Current project

Theory
The nonlinear schrödinger equation (NLSE) is widely used to describe the nonlinear propagation of pulses in a single mode optical fibre. Thousands of papers have been written about the applications of this equation, but the vast majority of them are concerned with numerical methods of solution as only a few analytical solutions are known. We have recently (in association with Vladimir Kruglov) discovered a whole new class of self similar solutions to this equation with many potential applications in how power fibre amplifiers. Another area of investigation concerns the development of the theory behind the phenomenon of optical parametric amplification in single mode fibres. This work is of particular application to photonic crystal fibres (PCFs).


Experiments
Experimental work currently being pursued includes the study of parametric optical amplification in PCFs, supercontinuum generation in PCFs, use of the FROG technique for optical pulse characterisation in the communications bands, soliton pulse generation, the construction of self similar amplifiers and compressors, and the construction of new devices for high speed optical communications systems.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bowen, P., Erkintalo, M., Provo, R., Harvey, J. D., & Broderick, N. G. R. (2016). Mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser emitting broadband pulses at ultralow repetition rates. Optics letters, 41 (22), 5270-5273. 10.1364/ol.41.005270
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broderick, Miro Erkintalo
  • Bowen, P., Erkintalo, M., Provo, R., Harvey, J. D., & Broderick, N. G. R. (2016). A giant chirp oscillator at ultra-low repetition rates. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers. 10.1364/NP.2016.NTh3A.3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Neil Broderick, Miro Erkintalo
  • Harvey, J. D., & Vanholsbeeck, F. (2013). Optrodes for electric field detection in muscles and bacterial counting. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck
  • Kruglov, V. I., Aguergaray, C., Broderick, N. G., & Harvey, J. D. (2012). Publisher's Note: Dispersive and rectangular similariton generation in fiber amplifiers and lasers [Phys. Rev. A 85 , 061803(R) (2012)]. Physical Review A, 86 (1).10.1103/PhysRevA.86.019902
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claude Aguergaray, Neil Broderick
  • Kruglov, V. K., Aguergaray, C., Broderick, N. G., & Harvey, J. D. (2012). Dispersion and Rectangular Similaritons Generating in Fiber Amplifiers and Lasers. Physical review. A, General physics, 85 (6).10.1103/PhysRevA.85.061803
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claude Aguergaray, Neil Broderick
  • Kruglov, V. I., Aguergaray, C., & Harvey, J. D. (2012). Parabolic and hyper-Gaussian similaritons in fiber amplifiers and lasers with gain saturation. Optics Express, 20 (8), 8741-8754. 10.1364/oe.20.008741
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claude Aguergaray
  • Argyros, A., Leon-Saval, S. G., Lwin, R., Provo, R., Murdoch, S. G., Harvey, J. D., ... Kuhlmey, B. T. (2012). Polymer optical fibres: conventional and microstructured fibres. FIBER LASERS IX: TECHNOLOGY, SYSTEMS, AND APPLICATIONS, 823710.1117/12.916068
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rainer Leonhardt, Stuart Murdoch
  • Provo, R., Murdoch, S. G., Harvey, J. D., Lwin, R., Leon-Saval, S. G., & Argyros, A. (2011). Error free 9.5 Gb/s transmission over 50 m of multimode microstructured polymer optical fibre. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Murdoch

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Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE - MATHPHYSIC - Bldg 303
Level 6, Room 619
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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