Dr Benn Thomsen

BTech(Optoelectronics) Hons, MSc, PhD, MIEEE

I am currently a lecturer at UCL and member of the optical networks group. I completed my undergraduate degree in Auckland, New Zealand, obtaining a Bachelor of Technology (Optoelectronics) with first class honours, an MSc (with distinction) and a PhD in physics at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. My PhD research involved the development and characterisation of short optical pulse sources suitable for high-capacity optical communication systems.

I then joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton University, U.K., as a research fellow in 2002, where I carried our research on ultra-short optical pulse generation and characterisation, optical packet switching based on optically coded labels, all optical pulse processing, high power short pulse amplification and optical noise suppression.

I joined UCL in 2004 as a research fellow and have been a lecturer since 2007. In 2006 I was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship. My research at UCL has focused on the physical layer implementation of dynamic optical networks. My current research is in the area of digital signal processing for burst mode optical receivers and the use of MIMO techniques for transmission over multimode optical fibres. I have authored or co-authored approximately 96 journal and conference publications in the area of optical communications.

I currently teach 1st and 2nd year courses in Digital Circuits and design and are involved in the running of project based sceanarios.