Forbes, Andrew

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Prof. Andrew Forbes

Distinguished Professor
Univ of the Witwatersrand
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Area of Expertise: Laser resonators, orbital angular momentum, Laser beam shaping, quantum entanglement, vortex and non-diffracting beams
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Andrew received his PhD (1998) from the University of Natal, and subsequently spent several years working as an applied laser physicist, first for the South African Atomic Energy Corporation and then later in a private laser company where he was Technical Director. He is presently Chief Researcher at the CSIR National Laser Centre, and is the Research Group Leader for Mathematical Optics. Andrew sits on several international conference committees, is a referee for all the major optics journals, chairs SPIE international conference on Laser Beam Shaping and is the chair of the OSA technical group on Diffractive optics and holography. He is a Senior Member of the OSA, a Fellow of SPIE, and holds honorary Professorships at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Kwazulu-Natal; in addition, he sits on the Steering Committee of the Photonics Initiative of South Africa (PISA) – a new programme to drive photonics in South Africa. He has published over 200 research papers, and is engaged in several international collaborations.

Andrew's research interests include laser resonators, structured light, orbital angular momentum, vortex beam and non-diffracting light.
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