Prof. Tom Brown

Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
St. Andrews
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)1334 463129
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

My research concerns the development of laser systems based on solid state gain media focussing particularly on novel ultrafast systems.  I also carry out some research in biophotonics, applying lasers to address current problems in Biology and Medicine.


I am First Year Physics module coordinator at St Andrews and I also coordinate the St Andrews Evening Degree Programme in Physics.

I lecture the Properties of Matter and Concepts in Physics at Level 1 and Ultrafast Photonics at Level 5. 

I also teach on the Transferrable Skills Module (level 3) and play a lead in the Problem Based Learning Activity at Level 1.

Pas teaching includes masters level courses in Optical Fibres & Telecommunications and Non-linear Optics.

Research outputs

  1. Exogenous mineralization of hard tissues using photo-absorptive minerals and femto-second lasers DOI
    A. D. Anastasiou, S. Strafford, C. L. Thomson, J. Gardy, T. J. Edwards, M. Malinowski, S. A. Hussain, N.K. Metzger, A. Hassanpour, C. T. A. Brown et al., Acta Biomaterialia, 71, p. 86-95 (2018)
  2. Diode-pumped femtosecond Tm3+-doped LuScO3 laser near 2.1 μm DOI
    N. K. Stevenson, C. T. A. Brown, J. -M. Hopkins, M. D. Dawson, C. Kraenkel and A. A. Lagatsky, Optics Letters, 43, 6 , p. 1287-1290 (2018)
  3. Waveguide Tm:Lu2O3 ceramic laser fabricated by ultrafast laser inscription DOI
    Neil Kenneth Stevenson, James Morris, Henry Bookey, Ajoy K. Kar, Christian Thomas Alcuin Brown, John-Mark Hopkins, Martin D. Dawson and Alexander A. Lagatsky (2017)
  4. 1.9 µm waveguide laser fabricated by ultrafast laser inscription in Tm:Lu2O3 ceramic DOI
    J. Morris, N. K. Stevenson, H. T. Bookey, A. K. Kar, C. T. A. Brown, J. -M. Hopkins, M. D. Dawson and A. A. Lagatsky, Optics Express, 25, 13 , p. 14910-14917 (2017)
  5. A quantitative study of in vivo protoporphyrin IX fluorescence build up during occlusive treatment phases DOI
    C. Louise Campbell, C. Tom A. Brown, Kenneth Wood, Ana Gabriela Salvio, Natalia M. Inada, Vanderlei S. Bagnato and Harry Moseley, Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, 18, p. 204-207 (2017)
  6. β-pyrophosphate DOI
    A. D. Anastasiou, S. Strafford, O. Posada-Estefan, C. L. Thomson, S. A. Hussaein, T. J. Edwards, M. Malinowski, N. Hondow, N. K. Metzger, C. T. A. Brown et al., Materials Science and Engineering: B, 75, p. 885-894 (2017)
  7. Frequency comb-based time transfer over a 159 km long installed fiber network DOI
    Maurice Lessing, Helen Margolis, Christian Thomas Alcuin Brown and Guiseppe Marra, Applied Physics Letters, 110, 22 (2017)
  8. Modelling topical photodynamic therapy treatment including the continuous production of Protoporphyrin IX DOI
    Catherine Louise Campbell, Christian Thomas Alcuin Brown, Kenneth Wood and Harry Moseley, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 61, 21 , p. 7507-7521 (2016)
  9. Monte Carlo modelling of photodynamic therapy treatments comparing clustered three dimensional tumour structures with homogeneous tissue structures DOI
    C. L. Campbell, K. Wood, C. T. A. Brown and H. Moseley, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 61, 13 , p. 4840-4854 (2016)
  10. Sintering of calcium phosphates with a femtosecond pulsed laser for hard tissue engineering DOI
    A. D. Anastasiou, Caroline Louise Thomson, Syed Asad Hussain, Tom J. Edwards, S. Strafford, M. Malinowski, R. Mathieson, C. Tom A. Brown, A. P. Brown, M. S. Duggal et al., Materials & Design, 101, p. 346-354 (2016)
Last updated: 23 Nov 2017 at 21:12