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  • Research Assistant UCL 1979-82
  • Experimental Officer UCL 1982-88
  • Director Optical Investments Ltd 1994-2015
  • Associate Research Fellow UCL 1988-95
  • Lecturer UCL 1995-97
  • Reader in Optical Science UCL 1997-2008
  • Royal Society Industry Fellow UCL 2003-07
  • Principal Research Associate UCL 2008-09
  • Professorial Research Associate UCL 2009-15
  • Visiting Professor Huddersfield 2015-16
  • Professor of Ultra Precision Surfaces,   Huddersfield 2016 - present
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate UCL 2016 - present

Major achievements:

  • Development of cryogenic CCD cameras
  • Developed novel Echelle Spectrograph and commissioned at the 3.9m AAT (Australia); design principles adopted for Utrecht Echelle Spectrograph on 4.2m William Herschel Telescope - Acted as consultant to Utrecht group.
  • Commercialisation of research in computer controlled polishing
  • Several Large Telescope design studies; Korean space camera tech. development
  • Formative research in CNC polishing; Gemini High-Res spectrograph studies
  • Developed High Res Optical Spectrograph and commissioned at 8m Gemini telescope (Chile)
  • Successful delivery of new 1.8m mirror and auxiliary optics for Birr Telescope refurbishment.
  • Bi-directional tech-transfer with Zeeko Ltd
  • Established National Facility for Ultra Precision Surfaces at OpTIC Centre, N. Wales
  • Successful technical proposal leading to securing of €5m E-ELT prototype mirror-segment contract
  • Advanced polishing and metrology research and its exploitation
  • Establishing new research programme under Huddersfield University

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Research in manufacture and metrology of precision and ultra-precision surfaces for optics and other precision applications
  • Research into process-automation and robotics, as applied to iterative rather than deterministic processes; leading towards the ultimate vision of a fully-autonomous manufacturing cell
  • Research into optical instrumentation techniques in general and astronomical instrumentation in particular

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Optics and Photonics
  • Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Applied Optics
  • Interferometry
  • Measurement and Metrology
  • Metrology
  • Optical Metrology

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Research Output

  • 1694 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
  • 84 Conference contribution
  • 44 Article

3.5 THz quantum-cascade laser emission from dual diagonal feedhorns

Ellison, B. N., Valavanis, A., Auriacombe, O., Gerber, D., Rawlings, T., Brewster, N., Oldfield, M. L., Han, Y., Li, L. H., Zafar, E., Linfield, E. H., Davies, A. G., Savini, G., Emes, M., Winter, B., Walker, D. & Saenz, E., 1 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies. 11, 9, p. 909-917 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Advances in Optical Fabrication for Astronomy

    Walker, D., Yu, G., Li, H., Myer, B. W., Beaucamp, A. T., Namba, Y. & Wu, L., 11 May 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 485, 2, p. 2071–2082 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Combined processing chain for freeform optics based on atmospheric pressure plasma processing and bonnet polishing

    Su, X., Ji, P., Liu, K., Walker, D., Yu, G., Li, H., Li, D. & Wang, B., 24 Jun 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 13, p. 17979-17992 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Fully automating fine-optics manufacture - why so tough, and what are we doing?

    Walker, D. D., McCluskey, T. L., Yu, G., Petrovic, S. & Li, H., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of the European Optical Society. 15, 1, 10 p., 24.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Fundamental steps toward next-generation intelligent automatic process in a faster and cost-effective chain for processing optical surfaces

    Wu, H. Y., Walker, D. & Yu, G., 22 Jul 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 15, p. 21856-21871 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    CNC Polishing and Metrology: From E-ELT Segments to Commercial Optics

    David Walker (Speaker)

    7 Jun 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    18th International Symposium on Advances in Abrasive Technology

    David Walker (Organiser)

    4 Oct 20157 Oct 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Optical Manufacturing and Testing XI (Event)

    David Walker (Programme Committee Member)

    9 Aug 201511 Aug 2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

    4th European Optical Society Conference on Manufacturing and Testing of Optical Components

    David Walker (Member of programme committee)

    22 Jun 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    2nd Far Infrared Space Interferometer Critical Assessment Workshop

    David Walker (Organiser)

    28 Jan 201529 Jan 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...