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Thomas Gerard

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Thomas was born in Solihull, UK. He was awarded an MPhys from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a final project investigating methods for improving the throughput of electron beam lithography. During this time Thomas spent one year studying at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also worked as a Laboratory technician at the Space Sciences Laboratory developing MCP photon detectors for the NASA ICON mission in 2017. Post-graduation, Thomas joined the UCL-Cambridge Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, where he is still an associate member having been awarded an MRes from UCL in 2016. While there, his research projects investigated optical switching in memristor materials, and acceleration algorithms applied to superresolution optical microscopy for Alzheimer’s research.

Thomas joined the Optical Networks Group at UCL as an MPhil/PhD student in October 2016 with funding from Microsoft Research. He is currently developing the physical layer of an all optical switch fabric for use in data centre networks.


Research interests

  • Optically switched networks
  • High speed phase adaption for coherent receivers
  • Scalable and cost effective optical systems for practical data centre use

Project title

A highly scalable optical switch fabric for data centre networks


Dr Benn Thomsen

Funding Details

Thomas is funded by Microsoft Research through its PhD Scholarship Programme.


  • A. Mehonic, T. Gerard, and A. J. Kenyon, "Light-activated resistance switching in SiOx RRAM devices ", Appl. Phys. Lett. 111 23 (2017).
  • O.H.W. Siegmund, et al., "Application of atomic layer deposited microchannel plates to imaging photodetectors with high time resolution", Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 787 (2015) 110–113.