Professor Andy Knights received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of East Anglia in 1994. Under the supervision of Professor Paul Coleman he studied the fundamental interactions of positrons with solid surfaces. This work led to a post-doctoral position at the University of Western Ontario in 1995. Applying much of the knowledge obtained during his Ph.D. work he began to study the quantitative positron spectroscopy of deep-levels in semiconductors with an emphasis on the understanding of vacancy-type ion implantation induced defects.
In 1996 he moved to the University of Surrey to work as a research fellow at the UK National Ion Beam Facility where his interest in semiconductor device design and processing broadened. While at Surrey he met Professor Graham Reed and began a fruitful collaboration in the area of silicon photonics, specifically fabrication techniques involving ion implantation. This work would eventually lead to the co-authorship of the first text-book on silicon photonics in 2004.
In 2000 at the height of the telecom boom he joined Bookham Technology as Principal Engineer and became a member of the first team to bring silicon photonic devices to the market. In 2003 he was offered a position at McMaster University where he remains as a Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics, being awarded the title of Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2014. He currently holds a joint appointment with Ranovus Inc. of Ottawa, acting as Lead Silicon Architect.
Andy Knights has (co)authored over 260 original research papers. In addition, he has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences. He is co-Chair of the SPIE Photonics West, Silicon Photonics conference held annually in San Francisco. He was Director of the Research Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) from 2018-2021, and in July 2021 became Associate Vice-President Research at McMaster.
Department of Engineering Physics
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Professor Andy Knights's office
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Phone: 905.525.9140 x 27224
Email: aknight ‘at’ mcmaster.ca