Prof Gordon Love, B.Sc. Ph.D. F.Inst.P. C. Phys.
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
This photo shows a "conoscopic" pattern produced by placing a sampe of lithium niobate between crossed polarizers.
I am the Deputy Head of the Science Faculty (UG). I deal with many undergraduate matters across the Science Faculty, including Admissions, Programme Development, Appeals and Concessions, and representing the Faculty on Education Committee. I also generally deputize for the PVC-Science on a whole range of issues. During 2016-2017 I have been overseeing the separation of the current School of Engineering and Computing Sciences into two departments. From Aug 2017 I will take over as the Head of the Department of Computer Science.
Recent Roles & Responsibilities
Deputy Head of the Science Faculty (Undergraduates): 2015 - Present
- Chair of the HESA Task and Finish Group 2016 - 2017
- Chair of the MEQ Task and Finish Group 2016 - 2017
- Chair of the School of Engineering & Computing Sciences Transition Group 2016 -2017
Director of Education (Dept. of Physics): 2012 - 2015
Head of the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation: 2010 - 2014
- Professor 2011 - Present
- Reader 2005 - 2011
- Senior Lecturer 2004 - 2005
- Lecturer 1997 - 2004
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, & USAF Phillips Laboratory, USA
- Optical Physicist 1995 - 1997
Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India:
- Royal Society Visiting Fellow 1992 – 1993
This photo is from my (old) office in Physics.
- Epiphany Term 2002: Visiting Position at the Cavendish Astrophysics Group, Cambridge.
- Epiphany Term 2007: Visiting Position at UC Berkeley, School of Optometry.
- Epiphany Term 2012: Visiting Position at the Medical University of Innsbruck,, Austria
- External Examiner, University of York, Dept. of Physics, 2016-2020
- Council Member, Institute of Physics, 2010-2014
- Conference Chair, Photon14, Imperial College, London, Sept. 2014
- Member, STFC IPS (Innovations Partnership Scheme) Panel, 2010-2013
- External Examiner for Imperial College’s MSc in Optics and Photonics, 2007-2010
- Chair of the Institute of Physics’ Optical Group, 2007-2010 (previously Treasurer and ordinary memner).
- Member of the Royal Society’s International Fellowship Panel, 2007–2010
- Member the STFC/Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships Panel, 2009-2012
- Board Member of the European Optical Society, 2006-2010
- Member of the Institute of Physics’ Group Coordination Committee, 2008-2014
- Steering Committee & Research Board Member of the Faraday Partnership in Smart Optics, 2001– 2005
My research involves optics and the physics of light. Much of my work has involved adaptive optics which is a technology used in astronomy to improve the performance of large ground telescopes. The technology, like my research, has diversified and is now used in the biosciences, and vision science.
More generally, I am an applied physicist but I work with colleagues in vision science, computer science, and psychology on problems related to 3D displays, the optics of the eye, and computer graphics.
I work in a Group of around 50 people - the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, which is one of the Physics Departments 5 Major Research Groups.
I have taught a whole range of courses involving optics, astronomy, and electronics. This current year (2016-2017) I teach L1 Classical Mechanics, along with Tom Lancaster. I have taught several external courses (including many years contributing to the SIRA Course on Optical Engineering and Imperial College's Short Course on Adaptive Optics).
I have been an external PhD. examiner at Cambridge (x3), Edith Cowan (Australia), Glasgow (x2), Heriot Watt (x2), Imperial (x4), Kent, Nottingham, Oxford (x2), Sheffield, St. Andrews, TU Delft (NL), TU Denmark, UC Dublin, UCL.
My competed PhD. students (as primary supervisor) are
- Nathan Doble
- Thomas Oag
- Tim Butterley
- Chris Saunter
- Jonathan Taylor
- Laura Young
- James Osborn
- Fraser Scobie
- Cyril Bourgenot
- Matthew Cashmore
- Jared Parnell
- Tom Mitchell
- Matthew Townson
This is the "Durham Radio Telescope" on the roof of physics built up by a series of 4th year students working with me.
- I was originally an undergraduate at Van Mildert College
- I was a College Tutor at St. Cuthbert's Society from 1993 - 1995
- I was a College Mentor at Hatfield College from 2008 - 2013
- I am a visiting fellow at St. Chad's College in 2016/17
Department of Physics
- Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
Centre for Materials Physics
- Experimental structure and dynamics of biological soft matter
Department of Biosciences
- Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology
- Vision Science
- Adaptive Optics
- Liquid Crystal Technology
- Computer Graphics
- Astronomical Instrumentation
- Zannoli, Marina, Love, Gordon D., Narain, Rahul & Banks, Martin S. (2016). Blur and the Perception of Depth at Occlusions. Journal of Vision 16(6): 17.
- Johnson, Paul V., Parnell, Jared AQ., Kim, Joohwan, Saunter, Christopher D., Love, Gordon D. & Banks, Martin S. (2016). Dynamic lens and monovision 3D displays to improve viewer comfort. Optics Express 24(11): 11808-11827.
- Banks, Martin S., Sprague, William W., Schmoll, Jurgen, Parnell, Jared A. Q. & Love, Gordon D. (2015). Why do animal eyes have pupils of different shapes?. Science Advances 1(7): e1500391.
- Mitchell, T.J., Saunter, C.D., O'Nions, W., Girkin, J.M. & Love, G.D. (2014). Quantitative High Dynamic Range Beam Proling for Fluorescence Microscopy. Review of Scientific Instruments 85(10): 103713.
- Cashmore, M.T., Hall, S.R.G. & Love, G.D. (2014). Traceable interferometry using binary reconfigurable holograms. Applied Optics 53(24): 5353-5358.
- Lavery, Martin PJ, Robertson, David J, Berkhout, Gregorius CG, Love, Gordon D, Padgett, Miles J & Courtial, Johannes (2012). Refractive elements for the measurement of the orbital angular momentum of a single photon. Optics express 20(3): 2110-2115.
- Young, Laura K., Liversedge, Simon P., Love, Gordon D., Myers, Richard M. & Smithson, Hannah E. (2011). Not all aberrations are equal: Reading impairment depends on aberration type and magnitude. Journal of Vision 11(13): 20.
- Love, Gordon D., Hoffman, David M., Hands, Philip J.W., Gao, James, Kirby, Andrew K. & Banks, Martin S. (2009). High-speed switchable lens enables the development of a volumetric stereoscopic display. Optics Express 17(18): 15716-15725.
- Taylor, J.M., Wong, L.Y., Bain, C.D. & Love, G.D. (2008). Emergent properties in optically bound matter. Optics Express 16(10): 6921-6929.
- 2015: MEASURING FOCUS WITH FLICKER AS A DIAGNOSTIC AID FOR OPTOMETRISTS (£27568.46 from Epsrc)
- 2015: Telescopic Windows: low vision scope to cloaks (£418041.28 from Epsrc)
- 2014: Scientific Properties of Complex Knots (£337854.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
- 2013: A programme of astronomical instrumentation and high energy astrophysics at Durham 2013-2015 (£961829.80 from STFC)
- 2012: Comfortable stereoscopic displays: A pre-commercial prototype (£19983.00 from Epsrc)