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Dr Thomas Meany

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Dr Thomas Meany

Thomas Meany is available for consultancy.

Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 766545


I am an Interdisciplinary Fellow, jointly hosted by CEB and the Plant Sciences department, developing microfluidic techniques for genetic engineering. My previous role was as a research scientist for the Toshiba Cambridge Research Labs as a Marie Curie Fellow developing quantum technologies. I completed my PhD in the direct laser inscription of photonic circuits in glass for quantum photonics in the the group of Michael Withford in the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Australia. 

Research Interests

I enjoy learning about applications of interesting physical concepts.  My current role places me jointly at the Department of Plant Science and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. My goal is to bring new optical and microfabrication techniques to the study of synthetic biology. I am interested in microfluidic approaches to cell manipulation and using unique labels or label-free methods of identification. 

Key Publications

Research Gate    Google Scholar   Orcid ID: 0000-0002-9055-3893   ArXiv

Peer Reviewed

 A. J. Bennett, J. P. Lee, D. J. P. Ellis, T. Meany, E. Murray, F. Floether,  J. P. Griffiths, I. Farrer, D. Ritchie, and A. J. Shields, “Cavity-enhanced coherent light scattering from a quantum dot," arXiv:1508.01637 and accepted in Scientific Advances (2016).

E. Murray, D. J. P. Ellis, T. Meany, F. Floether, J. P. Lee, J. P. Griffiths, G. A. C. Jones, I. Farrer, D. Ritchie, A. J. Bennett, and A. J. Shields, “Quantum photonics hybrid integration platform," Applied Physics Letters 107 (17), 171108 (2015).

T. Meany, M. Grafe, R. Heilmann, A. Perez-Leija, S. Gross, M. J. Steel, M. J. Withford, and A. Szameit, "Laser written circuits for quantum photonics,” Laser and Photonics Reviews 9, 363–384 (2015). Featured on front cover.

T. Meany*, D. N. Biggerstaff*, M. A. Broome, A. Fedrizzi, M Delanty, A. Gilchrist, M. J. Steel, A White and M. J. Withford, “Engineering integrated photonics for heralded quantum gates,” Scientific Reports 6, 25126 (2016).

Z. Chaboyer, T. Meany, L. Helt, M. J. Steel, and M. J. Withford, “Tuneable quantum interference in a 3D integrated circuit” Scientific Reports 5, 9601 (2015)

T. Meany, Lutfi A. Nagh, Matthew J. Collins, Alex S. Clark, Benjamin J. Eggleton, M. J. Steel, M. J. Withford, Olivier Alibart, and Sebastian Tanzilli, “Hybrid photonic circuit for multiplexed heralded single photons,” Laser and Photonics Reviews 8, L42-46 (2014). Featured on back cover.

T. Meany, S. Gross, A. Arriola, N. Janovic, M. J. Steel, and M. J. Withford, “Towards low loss lightwave circuits for non-classical optics at 800 nm and 1550 nm,” (Invited) Applied Physics A, 114, 113-118 (2013).

T. Meany, M. Delanty, S. Gross, G. D. Marshall, M. J. Steel, and M. J. Withford, “Non-classical interference in integrated 3d multiports,” Opt. Express 20, 26895– 26905 (2012).

Non-Peer Reviewed (general interest)

T. Meany, “Quantum dots for future optical quantum technologies,” (Invited) Laser Focus World, 51 (10), 45-47. 

T. Meany, “Ultrafast lasers write quantum circuits,” (Invited) Laser Focus World, July, 25-27 (2014). Featured on front cover

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