Prof Peter G. R. Smith

Head of Group

t: +44 23 8059 2809


Peter G.R. Smith is a Professor in the Optoelectronics Research Centre and in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Physics in 1990 and D.Phil in Nonlinear Optics in 1993. After a year spent as a management consultant he joined the University of Southampton. Peter has worked on a number of areas in optics research ranging from laser spectroscopy to polymer integrated-optics. He has published over 180 journal and conference papers in the fields of periodically poled materials and UV written devices at major conferences, including invited talks at national and international meetings.

Notable Achievements

  • Grant funding from EPSRC, NSF, EU, TSB >£13.8m
  • Significant research output – over 80 journal papers, >1500 citations, “h-index = 23”, 12 licensed patents, 16 graduated PhD students
  • Founder of two spin-out companies – (1999) and (2008)
  • Member of EPSRC College, panel membership at international conferences, Associate Editor IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, service on various University panels and committees.
  • Associate Dean Enterprise and International from 2010-2014, member of University Senate and Council.

He is co-founder of Stratophase Ltd a company developing spin-out technology from Southampton in the area of UV written waveguides devices, and of Covesion Ltd a company specialising in nonlinear optical materials.