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Ben Parker


Ben Parker was born in 1986 in Surrey, UK. He received a BSc in Physics and Meteorology (first class honours) from the University of Reading in 2007. For his bachelor thesis, Ben worked with Dr Roger Bennett from the Physics department on the formation and characterisation of surface oxidation defects on nanostructed substrates (highly oriented pyrolytic graphite) for island nucleation and growth.

Ben then went on to study for an MSc in Optics and Photonics at Imperial College London, which he was awarded with Merit in 2008. From May to September 2008, Ben carried out his masters research project at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, Middlesex, UK, as part of the Quantum Frequency Standards group, under the supervision of Dr Stephen Lea. The project concerned the transmission of cw optical frequencies over optical fibre, for remote comparison of next generation international atomic frequency standards.

Ben joined the Optical Networks Group as a PhD student in October 2008, to continue his research in frequency metrology, with a particular bias towards ultra-stable lasers; and transmission and dissemination of ultra-stable optical frequencies over installed dark fibre networks.

Ben is also an associate member of the Institute of Physics (IoP) and a graduate student member of the Institute of  Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). In the past he has received travel grants from the IoP and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to present his research at conferences.


Research Interests

Ultra-stable lasers, frequency metrology, ultra-stable frequency transmission and dissemination, optical fibre networks, phase noise cancellation, femtosecond optical frequency combs, atomic frequency standards.

Project Title

Ultra-stable optical frequency transfer over installed dark fibre networks for remote comparison of next generation optical atomic frequency standards.


B. Parker, S.A. Webster, S.N. Lea, P. Gill and P. Bayvel 'Development of an ultra-stable in the 1.5 micron band for transimission of cw optical frequencies over optical fibre networks', European Frequency and Time Forum conference proceedings, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2010.


Polina Bayvel and Stephen Lea (NPL)


Ben is funded as part of the National Measurement System Strategic Research programme.