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Austin Taranta 

Austin Taranta is a distinguished member of the technical staff supporting the microstructured and hollow-core optical fibre research group.  As a domain expert in fibre-optic gyroscopes, Austin brings advanced knowledge of optical fibre guidance phenomena, fibre-optic components, interferometric & resonant sensing, signal processing, control theory, environmental effects, and reliability engineering to drive application-oriented research on the novel fibres that the group produces.  As a scientist with many years of industry experience, he champions the engineering toolbox of statistical methods and quality control processes which ensure repeatability and reproducibility across the group’s experimental work.  Before joining the ORC, Austin was a Senior Optical Engineer in Honeywell Aerospace’s Strategic Sensors Group.  There he served in both research and technical leadership roles focused on the design and manufacture of high-performance fibre-optic gyroscopes for defence and space applications.  In 10 years at Honeywell, he was recognized numerous times for innovative work, including with the organization’s highest honour for a technical achievement. 

Austin joined the ORC in 2016, and here he has developed a host of fibre research activities touching a broad range of application spaces.  His current research focuses on characterising exotic guidance properties of hollow-core antiresonant fibres, understanding the physics and chemistry of hollow-fibres used in sensing, and developing novel sensors enabled by the unique performance characteristics of microstructured fibres.  In his time at the ORC, he has been responsible for a multitude of research awards, including the development of key industrial partnerships and MoD grants totalling £2.5M of awarded funding.  He has been recognized several times within the university – he received the ORC Director’s award in 2017, the Dean’s award in 2021, and he was shortlisted for the Vice-Chancellor’s award in 2021.  Austin received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.   He holds several patents and has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. 

Research

Research interests

  • Hollow-core antiresonant optical fibres
  • Novel optical fibres for sensing
  • Fibre-optic gyroscopes
  • Inertial optical sensors
  • Environmental effects in fibre-optic components

Publications

Thipparapu, Naresh Kumar, Chunyun, Guo, Umnikov, Andrey, Barua, Pranabesh, Taranta, Austin, Standish, Robert and Sahu, Jayanta (2017) Bi-doped fibre lasers and wideband amplifiers in the 1150-1500nm band. Beyond state of the art optical communications: UNLOC and Photonics Hyperhighway programmes to present their vision for the future, The Royal Society , London, United Kingdom. 02 Jun 2017.

Thipparapu, Naresh Kumar, Chunyun, Guo, Umnikov, Andrey, Barua, Pranabesh, Taranta, Austin, Alam, Shaif-Ul and Sahu, Jayanta (2017) Self-mode-locked bismuth-doped fiber laser operating at 1340nm. The European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, , Munich, Germany. 25 - 29 Jun 2017. p. 1 . (doi:10.1109/CLEOE-EQEC.2017.8086993).

Thipparapu, Naresh Kumar (2017) Dataset for Self-mode-locked Bismuth-doped Fiber Laser Operating at 1340nm. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0209 [Dataset]

Thipparapu, Naresh Kumar and Sahu, Jayanta (2017) Dataset for Bismuth-doped all-fiber mode-locked laser operating at 1340 nm. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D0104 [Dataset]

Thipparapu, Naresh Kumar, Guo, Chunyun, Barua, Pranabesh, Umnikov, Andrey, Taranta, Austin and Sahu, Jayanta (2017) Bismuth-doped all-fiber mode-locked laser operating at 1340 nm. Optics Letters, 42 (24), 5102-5105. (doi:10.1364/OL.42.005102).

Bradley, Thomas, Hayes, John, Chen, Yong, Jasion, Gregory, Sandoghchi, Seyed Reza, Slavík, Radan, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Bawn, Simon, Sakr, Hesham, Davidson, Ian, Taranta, Austin, Thomas, Jamie, Petrovich, Marco, Richardson, David and Poletti, Francesco (2018) Record low-loss 1.3dB/km data transmitting antiresonant hollow core fibre. In 2018 European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC). IEEE. pp. 1-3 . (doi:10.1109/ECOC.2018.8535324).

Bradley, Thomas, Jasion, Gregory, Hayes, John, Chen, Yong, Hooper, Lucy, Sakr, Hesham, Alonso, Marcelo, Taranta, Austin, Saljoghei, Arsalan, Mulvad, Hans Christian, Fake, Mike, Davidson, Ian, Wheeler, Natalie, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Wang, Wei, Sandoghchi, Seyed Reza, Richardson, David J. and Poletti, Francesco (2019) Antiresonant Hollow Core Fibre with 0.65 dB/km Attenuation across the C and L Telecommunication bands. In ECOC 2019. 4 pp . (doi:10.1049/cp.2019.1028).

Zhu, Wenwu, Numkam Fokoua, Eric Rodrigue, Taranta, Austin, Chen, Yong, Bradley, Thomas, Petrovich, Marco, Poletti, Francesco, Zhao, Mingshan, Richardson, David and Slavík, Radan (2020) The thermal phase sensitivity of both coated and uncoated standard and hollow core fibers down to cryogenic temperatures. IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, 38 (8), 2477-2484, [8935444]. (doi:10.1109/JLT.2019.2960437).

Abokhamis Mousavi, Seyed Mohammad (2020) Dataset for: Exceptional polarization purity in antiresonant hollow-core optical fibres. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D1183 [Dataset]

Jasion, Gregory, Bradley, Thomas, Harrington, Kerrianne, Sakr, Hesham, Chen, Yong, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Davidson, Ian, Taranta, Austin, Hayes, John, Richardson, David J. and Poletti, Francesco (2020) Hollow core NANF with 0.28 dB/km attenuation in the C and L bands. In 2020 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2020 - Proceedings. OSA. 3 pp . (doi:10.1364/OFC.2020.Th4B.4).

Rikimi, Shuichiro, Chen, Yong, Partridge, Matthew C, Bradley, Thomas, Davidson, Ian, Taranta, Austin, Poletti, Francesco, Petrovich, Marco, Richardson, David J. and Wheeler, Natalie (2020) Growth of ammonium chloride on cleaved end-facets of hollow core fibers. In Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2020. OSA. 2 pp .

Rikimi, Shuichiro, Chen, Yong, Partridge, Matthew, Davidson, Ian, Jasion, Gregory, Bradley, Thomas, Taranta, Austin, Poletti, Francesco, Petrovich, Marco, Richardson, David and Wheeler, Natalie (2020) Pressure in As-drawn hollow core fibers. In 2020 Advanced Photonics Congress - Specialty Optical Fibers (SOF)​. OSA. 2 pp .

Taranta, Austin, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Abokhamis Mousavi, Seyed Mohammad, Hayes, John, Bradley, Thomas, Jasion, Gregory and Poletti, Francesco (2020) Exceptional polarization purity in antiresonant hollow-core optical fibres. Nature Photonics, 14 (8), 504–510. (doi:10.1038/s41566-020-0633-x).

Green, Oliver, Zhang, Xi, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Ding, Meng, Feng, Zitong, Chen, Yong, Taranta, Austin, Poletti, Francesco, Richardson, David J. and Slavík, Radan (2021) In-line polarization controller for hollow core photonic bandgap fiber. Optics Communications, 481, [126552]. (doi:10.1016/j.optcom.2020.126552).

Green, Oliver, Zhang, Xi, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Ding, Meng, Feng, Zitong, Chen, Yong, Taranta, Austin, Poletti, Francesco, Richardson, David and Slavik, Radan (2020) Dataset for 'In-line polarization controller for hollow core photonic bandgap fiber'. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D1604 [Dataset]

Sanders, Glen, Taranta, Austin, Narayanan, Chellappan, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Abokhamis Mousavi, Seyed Mohammad, Strandjord, Lee, Smiciklas, Marc, Bradley, Thomas, Hayes, John Richard, Jasion, Gregory, Qiu, Tiequn, Williams, Wes, Poletti, Francesco and Payne, David (2021) Hollow-core resonator fiber optic gyroscope using nodeless anti-resonant fiber. Optics Letters, 46 (1), 46-49. (doi:10.1364/OL.410387).

Kelly, Thomas, William, Horak, Peter, Davidson, Ian, Partridge, Matthew C, Jasion, Gregory, Rikimi, Shuichiro, Taranta, Austin, Richardson, David, Poletti, Francesco and Wheeler, Natalie (2021) Controlling the attenuation of hollow core fibers using gas-induced differential refractive index. CLEO 2021, Virtual. 09 - 14 May 2021. 2 pp . (In Press)

Kelly, Thomas, William, Horak, Peter, Davidson, Ian, Partridge, Matthew C, Jasion, Gregory, Rikimi, Shuichiro, Taranta, Austin, Richardson, David J., Poletti, Francesco and Wheeler, Natalie (2021) Gas-induced differential refractive index enhanced guidance in hollow-core optical fibers. Optica, 8 (6), 916-920. (doi:10.1364/OPTICA.424224).

Mulvad, Hans, Abokhamis Mousavi, Seyed Mohammad, Zuba, Viktor, Xu, Lin, Sakr, Hesham, Bradley, Thomas, Hayes, John, Jasion, Gregory, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Taranta, Austin, Alam, Shaif-Ul, Richardson, David and Poletti, Francesco (2022) Data set for: Kilowatt average power single-mode laser light transmission over kilometre-scale hollow core fibre. University of Southampton doi:10.5258/SOTON/D2154 [Dataset]

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