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Rainer J. Beck

Tel: 0131 451 3051


Room: EMB G.25




Rainer graduated from Heriot-Watt University with an MPhys (hons) in Optoelectronics and Lasers in 2007. He graduated with his PhD on “Adaptive Optics for Laser Processing” in 2011. His PhD studies involved dynamic laser beam shaping using deformable mirrors and spatial light modulators for short pulsed laser processing applications including laser drilling and marking. Rainer gained industrial experience working in R&D on automotive display applications for Daimler AG, via Brunel GmbH, in Sindelfingen, Germany, in 2012 and 2013. After that, he joined ARC Laser GmbH in Nuremberg, Germany, as product manager for surgical lasers. In 2014 he returned to the Applied Optics and Photonics Group as research associate working on the ARMoR project and surgical applications of lasers for cancer treatment.

Rainer’s research interests are based around high precision and high-power laser processes and laser beam delivery for both industrial and medical applications. His recent research projects for industrial applications include: short and ultrashort subtractive laser processing, novel laser beam delivery, additive processing with an emphasis on laser metal deposition, laser beam shaping and process monitoring. His current medical research focusses on novel high precision and minimally invasive laser surgery techniques for cancer treatment.


Selected Publications

  1. PhD Thesis: Rainer J Beck: “Adaptive Optics for Laser Processing” September 2011 (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)

  2. Beck, R. J., Góra, W. S., Carter, R. M., S., Jayne, D., Hand, D. P. & Shephard, J. D.: “Precision resection of intestine using ultrashort laser pulses”, 2016, Proc. SPIE 9706, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXVII, 97060P (March 7, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2209589

  3. Beck, R. J., Góra, W. S., Carter, R. M., Gunadi, S., Jayne, D., Hand, D. P. & Shephard, J. D.: “Precision machining of pig intestine using ultrafast laser pulses”, 2015 Medical Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions VII. Lilg, L. D. & Sroka, R. (eds.). SPIE, Vol. 9542, 95421B. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 9542);

  4. Beck, R. J., Parry, J. P., Shephard, J. D. & Hand, D. P.: “Compensation for time fluctuations of phase modulation in a liquid-crystal-on-silicon display by process synchronization in laser materials processing “ 20 Jun 2011 In : Applied Optics. 50, 18, p. 2899-2905 7;

  5. Beck, R. J., Waddie, A. J., Parry, J. P., Shephard, J. D., Taghizadeh, M. R. & Hand, D. P.: “Adaptive Laser Beam Shaping for Laser Marking using Spatial light Modulator and Modified Iterative Fourier Transform Algorithm “ 2011 Lasers in Manufacturing 2011: Proceedings of the Sixth International WLT Conference on Lasers in Manufacturing, Vol 12,. AMSTERDAM: Elsevier, p. 465-469 5;

  6. Beck, R. J., Parry, J. P., MacPherson, W. N., Waddie, A., Weston, N. J., Shephard, J. D. & Hand, D. P.: “Application of cooled spatial light modulator for high power nanosecond laser micromachining “ 2 Aug 2010 In : Optics Express. 18, 16, p. 17059-17065 7;


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