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Fatima Gunning -

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  • Graduate Studies
Dr Fatima Gunning received her B.Sc. degree in Physics in 1995, M.Sc. in Nonlinear Optics in 1997, and Ph.D in Optoelectronics in 2000 from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil, investigating the fundamental and induced nonlinear properties in glasses, optical fibres and planar waveguides through a technique called thermal poling. As a postgraduate research student, she visited British Telecom Research Laboratories, Martlesham Heath, UK, over several periods between 1996 and 2000, where her primary goal was to implement the thermal poling techniques towards specially designed optical fibres and planar waveguides. Following the award of her doctorate, she was recruited by Corning Research Centre at Adastral Park, UK, to work on advanced electroabsorption-based optical modulators for application in high-speed optical transmission telecommunication networks. She is co-founder of the Photonics Systems Group at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland, and since 2003 Dr Gunning's research predominantly focus on novel spectrally efficient techniques for high speed optical transmission, including all-optical OFDM (Coherent WDM) and frequency comb generation, expanding communications to new wavelength windows (namely at 2microns), and working closely with photonic devices, integration and packaging teams to enable next generation components. She also has interests in sensing technologies developing novel optical fibre-based sensors with applications in the chemical and biological industries. Dr Gunning is currently Head of Graduate Studies at Tyndall, SFI IPIC Investigator, and collaborates with many academic and industrial partners nationally and internationally through research clusters (CTVR, IPIC, etc), EU collaborative projects (TRIUMP, PHASORS, MODEGAP, TIPS), in addition to host IRC postgraduate students. She shared the 2017 UCC Best Research Supervisor Award, a student-led nomination. She's passionate about science, research and Physics, engaging with many outreach projects to inspire the next generation of scientists, in particular Women in Science and Physics. She's acted as Chair of Empowering Women Committee at Tyndall from 2016-2020, and is currently the VP of Membership at Outreach of IEEE Photonics Society. She has published over 200 scientific papers in journals and conferences and has 3 patents. 

Research Grants

Funder Start Date End Date Title Role
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) 01-OCT-09 30-SEP-12 IRCSET EMBARK PG Laura Horan : Principal Investigator
Foreign Industry 01-MAY-13 30-APR-18 HIPERFREQ - High Performance Frequency Dissemination Technology. Principal Investigator
Irish Research Council 01-OCT-14 31-JUL-19 Dense Wavelengty division multiplexing at 2 microns. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation Ireland 01-SEP-14 31-AUG-18 Software Defined Control of Superchannel Transponders for super-Tb/s Elastic Optical Networks
Horizon 2020 01-FEB-15 31-JUL-18 Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems - TIPS Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-JUN-19 31-MAY-25 IPIC_Phase 2_Platform_FG Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-MAY-20 28-FEB-25 EPSRC -SFI CDT in Photonic Integration and Advanced data Storage Principal Investigator

Contract Researchers

Name Project Role
Jia Wei CTVR-II Postdoctoral Researcher
Ehsan Sooudi CTVR-II Postdoctoral Researcher
Neil Guerrero Gonzalez SFI CDA Postdoctoral Researcher
Hongyu Zhang MODEGAP Postdoctoral Researcher

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearJournalPublication
2019Journal Of Physics-PhotonicsStable injection locking with slotted Fabry-Perot lasers at 2 mu m
Kavanagh, N; Goulding, D; Gunning, FCG (2019) Stable injection locking with slotted Fabry-Perot lasers at 2 mu m. : . [Details]
2018Applied OpticsKey enabling technologies for optical communications at 2000  nm
Gunning, Fatima C. Garcia; Kavanagh, Niamh; Russell, Eoin; Sheehan, Robert; O’Callaghan, James; Corbett, Brian (2018) Key enabling technologies for optical communications at 2000  nm . : . [Details]
2016Journal of Lightwave Technology40 Gb/s WDM Transmission Over 1.15-km HC-PBGF Using an InP-Based Mach-Zehnder Modulator at 2 mu m
Sadiq, MU;Zhang, HY;O'Callaghan, J;Roycroft, B;Kavanagh, N;Thomas, K;Gocalinska, A;Chen, Y;Bradley, T;Hayes, JR;Li, ZH;Alam, SU;Poletti, F;Petrovich, MN;Richardson, DJ;Pelucchi, E;O'Brien, P;Peters, FH;Gunning, F;Corbett, B (2016) 40 Gb/s WDM Transmission Over 1.15-km HC-PBGF Using an InP-Based Mach-Zehnder Modulator at 2 mu m. : IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC. [Details]
2015Optics LettersDense WDM transmission at 2 mu m enabled by an arrayed waveguide grating
Zhang, H,Gleeson, M,Ye, N,Pavarelli, N,Ouyang, X,Zhao, J,Kavanagh, N,Robert, C,Yang, H,Morrissey, PE,Thomas, K,Gocalinska, A,Chen, Y,Bradley, T,Wooler, JP,Hayes, JR,Fokoua, EN,Li, Z,Alam, SU,Poletti, F,Petrovich, MN,Richardson, DJ,Kelly, B,O'Carroll, J,Phelan, R,Pelucchi, E,O'Brien, P,Peters, F,Corbett, B,Gunning, F (2015) Dense WDM transmission at 2 mu m enabled by an arrayed waveguide grating. : . [Details]
2014Optics ExpressFour-wave mixing for clock recovery of phase modulated optical OFDM superchannel
Power, MJ; Jia,W; Webb, RP; Manning, RJ; Garcia Gunning, FC (2014) Four-wave mixing for clock recovery of phase modulated optical OFDM superchannel. : . [Details]
2014Electronics LettersDynamic Characteristics of an InGaAs/InP Multiple Quantum Well Discrete Mode Laser Diode Emitting at 2μm
O’Carroll, J.; Byrne, D.; Kelly, B.; Phelan, R.; Gunning, F.C.G.; Anandarajah, P.M.; Barry, L.P. (2014) Dynamic Characteristics of an InGaAs/InP Multiple Quantum Well Discrete Mode Laser Diode Emitting at 2μm. : . [Details]
2013Optics ExpressDemonstration of amplified data transmission at 2 microns in a low-loss wide bandwidth hollow core photonic bandgap fiber
M. N. Petrovich and F. Poletti and J. P. Wooler and A.M. Heidt and N.K. Baddela and Z. Li and D.R. Gray and R. Slav'ik and F. Parmigiani and N.V. Wheeler and J.R. Hayes and E. Numkam and L. GrHuner-Nielsen and B. P'alsd'ottir and R. Phelan and B. Kelly and John O'Carroll and M. Becker and N. MacSuibhne and J. Zhao and F.C. Garcia Gunning and A.D. Ellis and P. Petropoulos and S.U. Alam and D.J. Richardson (2013) Demonstration of amplified data transmission at 2 microns in a low-loss wide bandwidth hollow core photonic bandgap fiber. : . [Details]
2013Electronics LettersButterfly packaged high-speed and low leakage InGaAs quantum well photodiode for 2000nm wavelength systems
Yang, H.; Ye, N.; Phelan, R.; O'Carroll, J.; Kelly, B.; Han, W.; Wang, X.; Nudds, N.; Macsuibhne, N.; Gunning, F.; O'Brien, P.; Peters, F.H.; Corbett, B. (2013) Butterfly packaged high-speed and low leakage InGaAs quantum well photodiode for 2000nm wavelength systems. : . [Details]
2013Optics ExpressExpressions for the nonlinear transmission performance of multi-mode optical fiber
Ellis, AD; Mac Suibhne,N; Garcia Gunning, FC; Sygletos, S (2013) Expressions for the nonlinear transmission performance of multi-mode optical fiber. : . [Details]
2012Journal of Chemical PhysicsHollow core photonic crystal fiber based viscometer with Raman spectroscopy
Horan, L.E. and Ruth, A.A. and Gunning, F.C.G. (2012) Hollow core photonic crystal fiber based viscometer with Raman spectroscopy. : . [Details]
2011IEEE Photonics Technology LettersComparison of Frequency Symmetric Signal Generation From a BPSK Input Using Fiber and Semiconductor-Based Nonlinear Elements
Weerasuriya, R.; Sygletos, S.; Ibrahim, S.K.; Gunning, F.C.G.; Manning, R.J.; Phelan, R.; O'Carroll, J.; Kelly, B.; O'Gorman, J.; Ellis, A.D. (2011) Comparison of Frequency Symmetric Signal Generation From a BPSK Input Using Fiber and Semiconductor-Based Nonlinear Elements. : . [Details]
2011IEEE Photonics Technology LettersDPSK signal regeneration with a dual-pump nondegenerate phase-sensitive amplifier
Frascella, P. and Sygletos, S. and Gunning, F.C.G. and Weerasuriya, R. and Grüner-Nielsen, L. and Phelan, R. and O'Gorman, J. and Ellis, A.D. (2011) DPSK signal regeneration with a dual-pump nondegenerate phase-sensitive amplifier. : .
2011IEEE Photonics Technology LettersImpact of Raman Amplification on a 2-Tb/s Coherent WDM System
Frascella, P. and Antony, C. and Fabbri, S.J. and Gunning, F.C.G. and Gunning, P. and McAuliffe, W. and Cassidy, D. and Ellis, A.D. (2011) Impact of Raman Amplification on a 2-Tb/s Coherent WDM System. : . [Details]
2010IEEE Photonics JournalTowards a practical implementation of coherent WDM: analytical, numerical, and experimental studies
Ibrahim, SK and Zhao, J. and Gunning, F.C.G. and Frascella, P. and Peters, FH and Ellis, AD (2010) Towards a practical implementation of coherent WDM: analytical, numerical, and experimental studies. : .
2010Optics ExpressPMD tolerance of 288 Gbit/s Coherent WDM and transmission over unrepeatered 124 km of field-installed single mode optical fiber
Frascella, P. and Gunning, F.C.G. and Ibrahim, S.K. and Gunning, P. and Ellis, A.D. (2010) PMD tolerance of 288 Gbit/s Coherent WDM and transmission over unrepeatered 124 km of field-installed single mode optical fiber. : .
2010Measurement Science &TechnologyIntegration of a 3D hydrogel matrix within a hollow core photonic crystal fibre for DNA probe immobilization
Rutowska, M.S.; Gunning, F.C.G.; Kivlehan, F.; Moore, E.; Brennan, D.; Galvin, P.; Ellis, A.D. (2010) Integration of a 3D hydrogel matrix within a hollow core photonic crystal fibre for DNA probe immobilization. : . [Details]
2010Optics ExpressUnrepeatered field transmission of 2 Tbit/s multi-banded coherent WDM over 124 km of installed SMF
Frascella, P.; Mac Suibhne, N.; Gunning, F.C.G.; Ibrahim, S.K.; Gunning, P.; Ellis, A.D. (2010) Unrepeatered field transmission of 2 Tbit/s multi-banded coherent WDM over 124 km of installed SMF. : .
2010Electronics LettersDemonstration of CoWDM using DPSK modulator array with injection-locked lasers
Ibrahim, S.K.; Ellis, A.D.; Gunning, F.C.G.; Peters, F.H. (2010) Demonstration of CoWDM using DPSK modulator array with injection-locked lasers. : .
2007Optics ExpressMulti-wavelength source using low drive-voltage amplitude modulators for optical communications
Healy, T. and Garcia Gunning, F.C. and Ellis, A.D. and Bull, J.D. (2007) Multi-wavelength source using low drive-voltage amplitude modulators for optical communications. : .
2006Photonics Technology Letters, IEEEDispersion tolerance of coherent WDM
Gunning, F.C.G. and Healy, T. and Ellis, A.D. (2006) Dispersion tolerance of coherent WDM. : .
2005IEEE Photonics Technology LettersSpectral density enhancement using coherent WDM
Ellis, A.D.;Gunning, F.C.G. (2005) Spectral density enhancement using coherent WDM. : . [Details]
2003Optics ExpressPoling of a channel waveguide
Garcia, F. and Vogelaar, L. and Kashyap, R. (2003) Poling of a channel waveguide. : .
2001Electronics LettersMach-Zehnder interferometer using single standard telecommunication optical fibre
Garcia, FC and Fokine, M. and Margulis, W. and Kashyap, R. (2001) Mach-Zehnder interferometer using single standard telecommunication optical fibre. : .
1998Applied Physics LettersInducing a large second-order optical nonlinearity in soft glasses by poling
Garcia, FC and Carvalho, ICS and Hering, E. and Margulis, W. and Lesche, B. (1998) Inducing a large second-order optical nonlinearity in soft glasses by poling. : .
1998MRS Bulletin-Materials Research SocietyNEW FUNCTIONALITY IN GLASS-Poled Glasses
Margulis, W. and Garcia, FC and Hering, EN and Guedes Valente, LC and Lesche, B. and Laurell, F. and Carvalho, ICS (1998) NEW FUNCTIONALITY IN GLASS-Poled Glasses. : .
1997Physical Review LettersEtching of silica glass under electric fields
Lesche, B.; Garcia, F.C.; Hering, E.N.; Margulis, W.; Carvalho, I.C.S.; Laurell, F. (1997) Etching of silica glass under electric fields. : .

Other Journals

YearJournalPublication
2019Optics and Photonics News Time to open the 2microns window?
Gunning F.;Corbett B. (2019) Time to open the 2microns window?. : . [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
20212021 International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM)
Garcia-Gunning, F.C.; Kaur, A.; Estrada, N. C.; Raulin, J., Verbishchuk, Y.; Sreenan, C.J. (2021) 2021 International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM). : . [Details]
2019International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
Canas-Estrada N.;Garcia Gunning F. (2019) International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks. : . [Details]
2019OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (AP) 2019
Verbishchuk, Y.; Sreenan, C.; Gunning, F. (2019) OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (AP) 2019. : . [Details]
2018SPIE Photonics Europe, 2018
Russell, Eoin; Kavanagh, Niamh; Shortiss, Kevin; Gunning, Fatima C. Garcia (2018) SPIE Photonics Europe, 2018. : . [Details]
20182018 SPIE Photonics Europe: Silicon Photonics: From Fundamental Research to Manufacturing
Sheehan, R.; Gallet, A.; Ghorbel, I.; Eason, C.; Carroll, L.; O'Brien, P.; Shen, A.; Duan, Guang-Hua; Gunning, F.C.G. (2018) 2018 SPIE Photonics Europe: Silicon Photonics: From Fundamental Research to Manufacturing. : . [Details]
20182018 European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2018
Ahearne S.;Vcrbishchuk Y.;Sreenarn C.;Gunning F. (2018) 2018 European Conference on Networks and Communications, EuCNC 2018. : . [Details]
2017International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
Kavanagh N.;Murray B.;Goulding D.;Morrissey P.;Sheehan R.;Corbett B.;Gunning F. (2017) International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks. : . [Details]
20152015 IEEE Photonics Conference, IPC 2015
Ye N.;Yang H.;Gleeson M.;Pavarelli N.;Zhang H.;O'Callaghan J.;Han W.;Nudds N.;Collins S.;Gocalinska A.;Pelucchi E.;O'Brien P.;Gunning F.;Peters F.;Corbett B. (2015) 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference, IPC 2015. : . [Details]
2015International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
Jia W.;Power M.;Zhang H.;Manning R.;Gunning F. (2015) International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks. : . [Details]
20142014 Photonics Society Summer Topicals: Nonlinear-Optical Signal Processing
R. Manning, R. Webb, F.C. Garcia Gunning, M. Power (2014) 2014 Photonics Society Summer Topicals: Nonlinear-Optical Signal Processing. : .
20132013 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, OFC/NFOEC 2013
Mac Suibhne N.;Li Z.;Baeuerle B.;Zhao J.;Wooler J.;Alam S.;Poletti F.;Petrovich M.;Heidt A.;Wheeler N.;Baddela N.;Numkam E.;Giles I.;Giles D.;Phelan R.;O'Carroll J.;Kelly B.;Murphy D.;Corbett B.;Ellis A.;Richardson D.;Garcia Gunning F. (2013) 2013 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, OFC/NFOEC 2013. : .
2012International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
Horan, LE ; Garcia Gunning, FC (2012) International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors. : . [Details]
2012Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON), 2012 14th International Conference on
Gunning, F.C.G.; Frascella, P.; Antony, C.; Fabbri, S.J.; Rafique, D.; Sygletos, S.; Gunning, P.; Reidy, D.; McAuliffe, W.; Cassidy, D.; Ellis, A.D. (2012) Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON), 2012 14th International Conference on. : . [Details]
2012Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON), 2012 14th International Conference on
Sygletos, S. and Frascella, P. and Gunning, F.C.G. and Ellis, A.D. (2012) Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON), 2012 14th International Conference on. : .
2012European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication
Petrovich, M.N. and Poletti, F. and Wooler, J. and Heidt, A. and Baddela, N.K. and Li, Z. and Gray, D.R. and Slav'ik, R. and Parmigiani, F. and Wheeler, N. and others (2012) European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication. : .

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
20192019 European Conference on Optical Communications
Gunning, F.; Napoli, A. (2019) 2019 European Conference on Optical Communications. : .
2009The IET meeting on Spectrally Efficient Optical Transmission Systems
F.C.Garcia Gunning, A.D. Ellis, J. Zhao, S.K. Ibrahim, P. Frascella (2009) The IET meeting on Spectrally Efficient Optical Transmission Systems. : .
2008European Conference on Optical Communications
F.C. Garcia Gunning (2008) European Conference on Optical Communications. : .

Invited Lectures

YearTitle
2010What Lies Beneath? How Photonics can save the Internet from the bandwidth crunch
UCC Public Lecture (2010) What Lies Beneath? How Photonics can save the Internet from the bandwidth crunch. : .

Magazine Articles

YearTitle
2012A portable tool to measure viscosity nanolitre samples
Technology Ireland (2012) A portable tool to measure viscosity nanolitre samples. : .
2010The big squeeze
Engineering and Technology Magazine (2010) The big squeeze. : .

Invited Seminars

YearTitle
2010Today’s Internet: bandwidth demands, bottlenecks and Photonics solutions
Physics/Maths seminars at WIT (2010) Today’s Internet: bandwidth demands, bottlenecks and Photonics solutions. : .

More Publications

YearPublication
2014Science and the WorldCup
Silicon Republic (2014) Science and the WorldCup. : .

Honours and Awards

  • [2014] - Career Development Award (CDA)
  • [2017] - UCC Best Research Supervisor Award
  • [2019] - SFI Mentorship Award

Professional Associations

  • Senior Member
  • Member
  • Member
  • Senior Member

Patents

  • [2006] WO/2007/043032 - Communication systems
  • [2012] US20120236302A1 - Nanoscale Viscometer Device
  • [2012] WO/2012/03213 - Multi-carrier System and Method for use in an Optical Network

Committees

  • [2014] Tyndall Postgraduate Studies Committee,
  • [2014] Technical program committee for the 2014 International Telecommunications Symposium ,
  • [2013] Technical program committee for the the 2013 Photonics Ireland,
  • [2012] Technical program committee for the 2012 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series, committee: Space Division Multiplexing for Optical Systems and Networks,
  • [2019] ECOC'20 - technical committee chair,
  • [2018] Tyndall GSC - chair,
  • [2017] Empowering Women at Tyndall,
  • [2018] ECOC'19 - Technical Committee chair,
  • [2021] Photonics Ireland 2021 - technical committee,
  • [2021] 2021 Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) - technical committee,
  • [2021] 2021 OSA Advanced Photonics Congress - technical committee,
  • [2021] 2021 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) - technical committee chair,

Employment

  • [2001] Corning Research Centre - Senior Researcher

Education

  • [2000] Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro - PhD
  • [1997] Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro - MSc
  • [1994] Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro - BSC
  • [2018] University College Cork - PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • French

Consultancy

  • [2018] IOP - Editorial Board - IOP Journal of Physics Photonics

Teaching Interests

  • EE4007/EE6034 (2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020) 
    • 12 lectures + 6hr labs per group
  • PY4108 (2018/2019, 2019/2020) 
    • 9 lectures
  • PY4113 (from 2013) 
    • 6hr labs per group
  • PY4115 (from 2005) 
    • supervision of 1 project a year
  • SE6014 (2020/2021)
    • assisted online move
  • SE6015 (2020/2021)
    • assisted online move

Current Postgraduates

Student Degree
Russell Eoin Doctoral Degree
Verbishchuk Yuliya Masters Degree by Research
Ahearne Sean Masters Degree by Research
Raulin Julie Doctoral Degree

Recent Postgraduates

Student Degree Graduation Year Institution Thesis
Amandeep Kaur Ph.D. University College Cork Tb/s superchannels for optical communications
Niamh Kavanagh Ph.D. (NUI) University College Cork Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing at 2000nm for Future Optical Communications
Naoise MacSuibhne PhD University College Cork High Speed Optical Communication Systems: From Modulation Formats to Radically New Fibres
Monika S. Rutowska PhD University College Cork Biosensors using Photonic Crystal Fibres
Jiadi Lu MSc University College Cork Development of an optical fibre based system for fluorescence detection
Laura Elisabeth Horan PhD University College Cork Hollow core photonic crystal fibre as a viscosity and Raman sensor
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