Thomas F Krauss
Professor of Photonics



Dipl.Ing. (Cologne, 1989); PhD Engineering (Glasgow, 1992); Chair of Optoelectronics (St Andrews, 2000); Chair of Photonics (York, 2012)

Summary of expertise

  • Photonic Crystals & Nanostructures
  • Semiconductor Nanofabrication
  • Light-matter interaction
  • Biophotonics
  • Photovoltaics

Departmental roles

  • Head of Photonics group
  • Head of Nanocentre Cleanroom



Research Group: Condensed Matter Physics | Photonics

The aim of my research is to understand and control the light-matter interaction in photonic nanostructures, and to build functional devices that make use of this understanding. Photonic crystals provide an excellent platform for controlling enhanced light-matter interaction, and I am interested in developing them both technologically and conceptually. My activity spans the study of fundamental concepts such as nonlinearity and enhanced light emission to more applied areas such as nanolasers, optical switches and, more recently, biosensors and solar cells.

Current projects

Research group(s)

  • Dr Christopher Reardon, Experimental Officer
  • Dr Mark Scullion, Post-doctoral researcher ("Structured Light" project).
  • Annett Klemm, Marie Curie Fellow (PROPHET; "Fast Tunable Filters for OCT")
  • Christian Schuster, Marie Curie Fellow (PROPHET; "Diffractive Optics for Thin Film Solar Cells")
  • Bryan O'Regan, EPSRC DTA, "Design and Development of biophotonic sensors"
  • Graham Triggs, EPSRC DTA, "Photonic Crystal Neurophotonics"
  • Daan Stellinga, University funding, "Enhanced light-matter interaction in silicon photonic crystals"



  •  Experimental Techniques PHY00002H


  • Advanced Solid State Physics

Professor Thomas Fraser Krauss

Department of Physics
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322279
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Room: P/C101

External activities


  • Fellow IoP (2001), Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh (2002), Fellow Optical Society of America (2009) 
  • Chair of OSA "Photonic Nanostructures for Photovoltaics" 2009, 2010, 2011 
  • Chair of OSA "Integrated Photonics Research (IPR) 2012, 2013
  • Committe member for IEEE Group 4 Photonics 2008+

Invited talks and conferences

  • 10-15 Invited talks and seminars per year at international conferences, OSA Meetings, Workshops/Summer Schools