Dr. Graham S McDonald

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building Room 165

Please email for an appointment.

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Current positions

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Biography

Key Research Roles

October 2009 – August 2015: Head of Materials & Physics Research Centre

October 2005 – August 2009: Director of Centre for Theory & Modelling (1 of 3 centres of the Institute for Materials Research)

History

1981-1985 University of Glasgow (BSc Hons), UK
www.gla.ac.uk

1985-1989 University of Strathclyde (PhD), UK
www.strath.ac.uk

1989-1992 University of Strathclyde, UK
www.strath.ac.uk

1992-1993 Free University of Brussels, Belgium
www.ulb.ac.be

1993-1997 Imperial College London, UK
www3.imperial.ac.uk

1997-1998 University of Leiden, the Netherlands
www.leiden.edu

1998-1999 Imperial College London, UK
www3.imperial.ac.uk

1999-Present:: University of Salford, UK
www.salford.ac.uk

Areas of research

Nonlinear Science, Physics, Photonics, Materials

Teaching

TUTORING

Personal Tutor to all levels, and was First Year Level Head for period 2001-2009.

COURSES

Mathematics (20 credits) – taught to Physics, Acoustics and Electronic Engineering students

Mathematics and Computing (10 of 20 credits taught)

Pure & Applied Mathematics for Physics (20 credits)

Pure & Applied Mathematics and Computing (20 credits)

Foundation Physics A (10 of 20 credits taught)

Mathematical Methods (10 of 20 credits of Mathematical Methods & Applications taught)

PROJECTS

Yr 3 BSc & MPhys Project Supervisor

MPhys Final Year Project Supervisor

MSc & PhD Project Supervisor

Research Interests

MATERIALS SCIENCE - THEORY & MODELLING - PHOTONICS & NONLINEAR SCIENCE:

  • - PHOTONICS PROPERTIES OF NONLINEAR MATERIALS  eg generic Fractal Pattern Formation discovery in Phys Rev Lett 94 (May 2005) 174101;
  • eg Relativistic Effects in Non-Relativistic Systems due to Material Effects in Phys Rev Lett 108 (Jan 2012) 034101;
  • - LASER RESONATOR THEORY, FRACTAL RESONATOR MODES
  • eg Fractal Laser Modes discovery in Nature 402 (November, 1999) 138, * 32 citations * ;
  • eg Including related papers, * 69 citations*;
  • - GENERATION OF ULTRA-BROADBAND MULTI-FREQUENCY LIGHT USING RAMAN-ACTIVE MATERIALS
  • eg Opt Lett 19 (1994) 1400, IoP Conf Series 140 (1995) 85, Opt Lett 20 (1995) 822, J Phys B 30 (1997) 719, J Mod Opt 45 (1998) 1099, J Opt Soc Am B 17 (2000) 1366 * 47 citations total * ;
  • - SELF-TRAPPING, OPTICAL COLLAPSE AND NONPARAXIAL EFFECT IN KERR & OTHER MATERIALS
  • eg first proposal of exact analytical Helmholtz Solitons & this regime of non-paraxiality (see papers below);
  • - NOVEL MODELLING & COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES (LIGHT & LIGHT-MATERIAL INTERACTIONS)
  • eg J Mod Opt 40 (1993) 23, IEEE Trans Magnetics 35 (1999) 1558, Opt Commun 192 (2001) 1;
  • - NON-DIFFRACTION & SELF-IMAGING OF LIGHT
  • eg first proposal of rotating and spiral self-imaging beams in Opt Commun 123 (1996) 225 * 51 citations * ;
  • - SPATIAL & TEMPORAL SOLITONS IN NONLINEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE
  • eg first proposal of spatial solitons as pixels in IT systems in J Mod Opt 37 (1990) 613, and idea developed in J Opt Soc Am B 7 (1990) 1328, J Opt Soc Am B 10 (1993) 1081 * 133 citations total *;
  • - OPTICAL VORTICES IN NONLINEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE
  • eg proposal of diffractive optical vortices in passive materials in Opt Commun 94 (1992) 469, & discovery of optical vortex streets & optical vortex rotations & arrays in Opt Commun 95 (1993) 281 * 80 citations total *;
  • - LASERS & MODE-LOCKING (INCLUDING APPLICATIONS & DESIGNS)
  • eg Opt Commun 97 (1993) 178, Appl Opt 38 (1999) 6874, J Opt Soc Am B 17 (2000) 524, Opt Commun 193 (2001) 261;
  • - TRANSVERSE EFFECTS, GENERAL PATTERN FORMATION & COMPLEXITY
  • eg discovery of hexagonal pattern formation in bistable systems in Phys Rev A 46 (1992) 3609 and developed in Chaos Solitons Fract 4 (1994) 132 * 130 citations total *
  • eg beam/symmetry efects, other studies in non-laser & non-optical systems
  • - TEACHING & LEARNING RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - PARTICULARLY MATHEMATICS
  • eg see software outputs below (my website portal supports between * 1 million to 2 million downloads per year *)

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Glasgow, 1985)
  • PhD (University of Strathclyde, 1989)

Memberships

  • Institute of Physics (membership since 1985)