Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He heads a 15-person team covering a wide spectrum from blue-sky research to applied instrument development.
In 2001 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2007/8 he was a Leverhulme Trust Royal Society Senior Research Fellow. In 2008 Padgett was awarded the Institute of Physics Optics and Photonics Division Prize and in 2009 the Young Medal and Prize for “pioneering work on optical angular momentum”. Since 2009 he is a holder of a Royal Society–Wolfson Merit Award. In 2011 he was granted Fellowship of the Optical Society (OSA) and in 2013 Fellowship of SPIE.
The group’s work has led to the fundamental understanding of light's momentum, including conversion of optical tweezers to optical spanners, the use of angular momentum states to extend the alphabet of optical communication, and demonstration of an angular form of the EPR quantum paradox.