About me

I am currently a senior research fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton (United Kingdom). I was awarded my Laurea degree in Electronics Engineering at the Universit√† degli Studi di Pavia (Italy) and my PhD degree in Optoelectronics at the ORC with a thesis on “Holey optical fibres for high nonlinearity devices”. In the course of my career I have made several experiences both in the private and academic sector, always with the aim of developing technologies that may improve people health, relationship, safety or simply their comfort. My academic research activity in 3 top-ranked Universities in the optical fibre field as Lille, Bath and Southampton has concerned the development of Specialty Optical Fibres capable of providing the necessary tools to the medical and industrial sector for adopting the best possible light (the best colours/the best power) for treating diseases, or achieve mechanical perfection, or detecting environmental hazards, or also for fastening communications among people. But the most valuable experience for me has been having had the opportunity to step up into the  private sector and to work several years (2007-2012) as a research consultant in Lille (France) in the field of light/matter interaction. This experience, which also allowed me to be in charge of company based research programmes supported by the Agence National de Recherche (ANR) and by the European Commission, offered me the greatest stimulus in addressing in more concrete terms my knowledge in optics to practical applications.

It is in this great mixing of competences that resides the rarity of my profile and my best potential.


Here are my key publications (from the most recent):

1. W. Belardi, F. De Lucia, F. Poletti and P. J. Sazio, "Composite material Hollow Antiresonant Fibers", Optics Letters 42, 2535-2538 (2017)
2. W. Belardi, N. White, J. Lousteau, X. Feng and F. Poletti, "Hollow antiresonant fibers in borosilicate glass", WSOF 2015, Hong Kong 4-6 Nov 2015
3. W. Belardi, "Design and properties of hollow antiresonant fibers for the visible and near infrared spectral range" IEEE J. Ligthwave Technology 33, 4497-4503 (2015)Link
4. W. Belardi and J. C. Knight, "Hollow antiresonant fibers with low bending loss" Opt. Express 22, 10091-10096 (2014). Link
5. W. Belardi and J. C. Knight, "Hollow antiresonant fibers with reduced attenuation" Opt. Letters 39, 1853-1856 (2014).
6. W. Belardi and J. C. Knight, "Negative curvature fibers with reduced leakage loss", OFC 2014, San Francisco 9-13 Mars 2014.Link
7. W. Belardi and J. C. Knight, "Effect of core boundary curvature on the confinement losses of hollow antiresonant  fibers," Opt. Express 21, 21912-21917 (2013). Link
8. W.Belardi, M. Douay and J. Zemmouri “Design and realization of a photonic crystal fiber laser for the generation of singlet oxygen“, JNPLI 2011, Paris 14-16 Sept. 2011
9. W. Belardi, G. Bouwmans, L. Provino and M. Douay “Form-induced birefringence in elliptical hollow photonic crystal fiber with large mode area” IEEE J. Quantum Electr. 41,1558-1564 (2005) Link
10. W. Belardi, “Holey optical fibers for high nonlinearity devices”, PhD Thesis (University of Southampton), 2003.
11.  W. Belardi, J. H. Lee, K. Furusawa, Z. Yusoff, P. Petropoulos, M. Ibsen, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson ”A 10 Gbit/s tuneable wavelength converter based on four-wave mixing in highly nonlinear holey fibre” ECOC 2002 Copenhagen 8-12 Sep 2002 PD
12. W. Belardi, K. Furusawa, T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, P. W. Turner, “Holey optical fibres“ International publication number : WO 0216980 (2002).