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Established expertises in Optics, Lasers and their applications. Main activity is development of new lasers and laser customization, both compound semiconductor and fiber lasers, to address specific applications/needs.  Present research focus on biomedical applications, cancer surgery and detection, innovative fibre laser in the infrared for healthcare, semiconductor devices, advance manufacturing using infrared lasers. He runs two main Laboratories: The Fiber lasers & Applications Laboratories and the Centre for Cosmetic & Curative applications of Compound Semiconductor Technology (C4ST). Laboratories are fully equipped to work in the whole spectral interval from 0.2 micron to 10 micron. A fully equipped Laboratory able to test optical communication components up to 50 Gb/s and above is also part of the resources. Collaborations include many Centres and companies, in particular the Compound Semiconductor Centre, Cardiff, UK.

Main management positions: Member of the Board of Stakeholders of PPP Photonics21 EU platform, member of the International Commission on Glass - TC20 "Glasses for Optoelectronics"

Main research and networking positions: Chair of the first H2020 EU Network in fibre Lasers COST MP1401, and UK representative in the FP7 CSA Action OASIS, Program Chair of Optical Society of America Congress Advanced Solid State Lasers-Materials (2017-.)

Investigated lasers and devices include:

• Fibre-lasers and fiber amplifiers, focus on infrared and fingerprint wavelength interval.
• Compoud Semiconductor Lasers, VCSEL
• Supercontinuum Sources
• Laser materials (spectroscopy)
• Laser components (testing, ageing, impact of radiation)
• LEDs, Random lasers, Scintillators

Applications include a variety of sectors, mains are:
• Biomedicine and Cosmetics (light/tissue interaction)
• Cancer detection, skin treatments and surgery using infrared laser sources
• Advanced material processing using customized lasers
• Optical Comunications and high bit-rate transmission components

Other applications includes Space-based applications, Security&Defence, Optofluidic, Quantum Technology and environmental monitoring

Main achievements are the invention and development of Er:Yb bulk laser, the first demonstration of net amplification in femtosecond directly writted Er-doped waveguide, first long-haul transmission using super continuum sources, investigation of photodarkening in silica fiber, development of gain-stabilized optical amplifiers. Over 100 journal papers published and Chair or Committee members of several OSA, SPIE, IEEE, EOS major conferences and training schools. Industrial experience: SIRTI CSELT and ITALTEL, Italy (optical amplifiers), Lucent Bell Labs, NJ, US (Supercontinuum sources), IPG-Italy (Raman Lasers).


  1. Zhu, H., Zhu, Z., Li, P., Albalawi, A., Taccheo, S., Yi, T., & Gao, X. The Analysis and Optimization of Broadband Fiber Optical Parametric Amplifiers Pumped by Chirped Pulses. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 25(4), 1-8.
  2. Albalawi, A., Brilliant, C., Chiasera, A., Gebavi, H., Balda, R., Ferrari, M., Blanc, W., Albalawi, W., Hung, H., Quandt, A., Lukowiak, A., & Taccheo, S. Analytical modelling of Tm-doped tellurite glass including cross-relaxation process. Optical Materials
  3. Chiasera, A., Meroni, C., Scotognella, F., Boucher, Y., Galzerano, G., Lukowiak, A., Ristic, D., Speranza, G., Valligatla, S., Varas, S., Zur, L., Ivanda, M., Righini, G., Taccheo, S., Ramponi, R., Ferrari, M., & Taccheo, S. Coherent emission from fully Er 3+ doped monolithic 1-D dielectric microcavity fabricated by rf-sputtering. Optical Materials
  4. Cao, N., Zhu, H., Li, P., Taccheo, S., Zhu, Y., Gao, X., & Wang, Z. Flat and ultra-broadband two-pump fiber optical parametric amplifiers based on photonic crystal fibers. Optical Review
  5. Taccheo, S. (Keynote) Fiber lasers for medical diagnostics and treatments: state of the art, challenges and future perspectives. In Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE (pp. 1005808
  6. Falconi, M., Palma, G., Starecki, F., Nazabal, V., Troles, J., Adam, J., Taccheo, S., Ferrari, M., & Prudenzano, F. Dysprosium-Doped Chalcogenide Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) for Mid-IR Emission. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 35(2), 265-273.

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  • AT-M59A MRes Communication Systems Project

    The MRes research project will enable the students to develop an inquiring, analytical, critical and creative approach to problem identification and solution. The project focuses on the subject areas which are not only covered within the taught part of the programme but also being actually researched by academic and research staff. The areas of project include the study of communication components, systems and networks, and related software or hardware design. The project will be carried on in close collaboration with academic and/or research staff, and its results will be presented in the dissertation.


  • Design and Deployment of Tactical Mobile Networks (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Pavel Loskot
  • Optical Sources for applications at 2µm and mid-IR wavelength range (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Karin Ennser
  • 'Spectroscopy modelling and investigation of energy transfer processes in Tm-doped glasses ' (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Dr Pavel Loskot

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2007 Present Associate Professor Swansea University
2004 2006 Associate Professor of Physic of Matter Politecnico di Milano- Physics Department, Italy
1999 1999 Researcher Lucent Bell Labs, Crawford Hill, NJ, USA
1997 2004 Researcher - Contract Professor Politecnico di Milano- Physics Department, Italy
1996 1997 Visiting Researcher Optical Research Centre, University of Southampton
1991 1996 Researcher Politecnico di Milano, Italy
1990 1991 Researcher Research Centre of Telecom Italy (CSELT, Turin) as SIRTI, Italy
1996 1996 PhD Applied Physics Politecnico di Turin, Italy
1989 1989 MSc Nuclear Engineering Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Key Grants and Projects

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
August 2016 Opening Ceremony Lecture - International Training School on Fiber Lasers & Optical Fiber Technology, Prague,
July 2016 Closing Plenary Talk "Challenges and future trends in fiber lasers", IEEE ICTON 2016
January 2017 Keynote talk - Photonic West 2017 "Fiber Lasers for medical diagnostics and treatments: state of the art, challenges and future"
June 2014 Invited - OSA Specialty Optical Fiber Conference, "Photodarkening: Investigation, Measurement and Standards", Barcelona, Spain
May 2015 Invited -International Conference in Biophotonics "Fiber Based and Fiber Lasers Sources for Medical Applications", Florence, IT
October 2014 Plenary talk - Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF)
November 2015 Invited Talk -1st International Conference on Extreme Light (ICEL), Bucharest, Romania

Collaborative Partners

Partner Name Description
IFN-CNR Trento, Italy Lasers and waveguides, Laser materials, Random Lasers, Glass-ceramics, Glass for solar cells,
Nottingham University, UK MIR Lasers
CNRS&University of Rennes 1, France Glass materials, Fibers, MIR fibers
Politecnico di Bari, Italy Simulation and Modelling of Fiber Lasers
Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. - IPHT, Germany Active Fibers, Supercontinuum fibers
TU Graz, Austria Optical Communication
Politecnico di Torino, Italy Bio-compatible active devices
iXFiber, Lannion, France Active optical Fiber, Photodarkening (LIFT Project)
Fraunhofer IWS, Dresden, Germany Fiber Lasers (LIFT project)
Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia Infrared Lasers
Southwest Jiaotong University, China Optical Parametric Amplifiers
Compound Semiconductor Centre, Cardiff, UK Biomedical and Cosmetic applications of Compound Semiconductor Technology

Research Groups

  • Laser sources and Applications group

    We develop, test and study applications of laser and light sources. Main activity is on fiber, bulk and semiconductor/QC lasers and applications range from healthcare to manufacturing, sensing and communications

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
1992 Philip Morris Prize 1992 for the Invention of the Er:Yb bulk laser (co-recipient)

COST Members at Fraunhofer IWS, Dresden Annual Conference 2015

COST Members at Fraunhofer IWS-Dresden Meeting

Visit at HiLASE Institute, Prague, CZ