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Dr. Abdul Rahman Sarmani

   Dr. Abdul Rahman Sarmani
  Senior Lecturer

  Office Location: 317 Physics A Building

 Phone: +603-89466279/6987
 Email: abd_rahman@upm.edu.my
 Personal Page: http://profile.upm.edu.my/abd_rahman

Education Backgrounds

  • PhD. (Photonics) University of  St. Andrews ,UK

  • MSc. (Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices), Heriot-Watt/St. Andrews University, UK       

  • BSc. (Industrial Physics), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia  


I obtained PhD. from University of St. Andrews under the supervision of Prof. Wilson Sibbett, the Father of Femtosecond Laser Physics:

My PhD. title was “Yb-doped Femtosecond Lasers and Their Frequency Doubling”:

I work in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science by forming a teamwork with the Wireless and Photonics Network Research Centre, UPM and Department of Physics in University of Malaya. My current research interests are in fiber lasers and random fiber lasers that cover a broad area from nonlinear optics and ultrashort pulse generation, to high power fiber lasers below 10W-range. The wavelength of my concerns are from near to mid-infrared region that have many applications in optical sensors, medical surgery and defense industry. I have also authored and co-authored in various international highly reputable journals and presenting papers in world-class conferences in Europe and North America. Currently my group focus on publishing in Q1 journals based on the philosophy of “QUALITY rules over Quantity”. In reference to the job experience, I have a worldwide experience working in various research and university institutions. These include at McGill University & Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) as well as Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria (South Africa). I also in the process of forming a collaboration work with Assoc. Prof. Sze Set from University of Tokyo, Japan. The topics of research include modelocked fiber lasers and Mid-infrared fiber lasers. Please kindly check their website:


Excellent students (Master, PhD) and post-docs are welcomed to apply for Japanese or Malaysia scholarship to continue their study in Tokyo under my collaborative research project. Please kindly contact me to discuss about this matter: abdul.sarmani@yahoo.com.my

I also have discovered a new phenomenon in random fiber lasers and still in the process of drafting these results. I believe these will be internationally pioneering research works. I aim to be a pioneer and founder in the specific area that I’m developing. The main objective in the future is to publish in Nature and other high quality review papers.

 Currently I have a PhD. Project available in Malaysia that is open to everybody in the world, please check the advertisement

Appointment(s) & Employment(s)

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
(Jan 2013 - To Date)

  • Teaching physics courses: General Physics PHY 2001, Solid-state Physics PHY 3201, Semiconductor Devices PHY 4202, Modern Optics PHY 4402, Geometric and Wave Optics PHY 4403


Visiting Researcher, Department of Physics and Computer Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (under UPM postdoctoral schem
(Dec 2013 - Feb 2015)    

  • 14 months research attachment (Host Professor: Dr. Li Wei).
  • Working on random distributed and conventional Raman fiber lasers.


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wireless & Photonics Network Centre (WIPNET), Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
(April 2009 - Feb 2011)

  • Duration: 1 year 10 months (Host Professor: Prof. Mohd Adzir Mahdi).
  • To plan/work on the project based on fiber lasers including erbium-doped fiber, and ultralong Raman fiber lasers.
  • Constructing a gain-flattened Erbium doped fiber amplifier and investigating the spectral hole burning effect inherent in the gain medium.
  • Helping my supervisor to set up femtosecond fiber laser facilities in Malaysia.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Photonics Systems Group, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
(March 2011- Oct 2012)

  • Duration: Host Professor: Prof. Lawrence Chen
  • Working on Tm-doped fiber lasers in the near- and mid-infrared regimes (800, 1480, and 2000 nm). The fiber hosts were fluoride fibers (ZBLAN) as well as silica.
  • Collaborating with industry: IR Photonics, O/E Land and Ryerson University (Prof. Xijia Gu) to realize some of these projects.
  • Investigating optical bistability, single-wavelength and dual-wavelengths laser operation.
  • Investigating multiple strain sensors based on all-fiber distributed Bragg-reflector lasers and wavelength to power mapping.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
, National Laser Centre, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa
(May 2007 - Nov 2008)

  • Duration: 1 year and 6 months, Host Professor: Dr. Christoph Bollig.
  • To study/learn the work carried out in CSIR, National Laser Centre Lab. based on 1-μm and 2-μm lasers.
  • To find/determine a new research area in mode-locked lasers that meets the interest of my employer.
  • Planning/designing the details for a new research field based on solid-state 2-μm Tm and Ho:doped ultrashort lasers.

Current Project(s)

I’m searching for a top student around Malaysia/World to continue PhD. under my supervision. The candidate must have a Master of Science or Engineering in the relevant areas to qualify for this position. Areas of research are:-

  1. Fiber Lasers and Laser Physics especially continuous-wave operation. Knowledge in mode-locking and q-switching are great advantages.
  2. Random fiber lasers versus conventional setups.
  3. Nonlinear effects in optical fibers: stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS), Rayleigh scattering.

We aim for internationally pioneering results and publish in Q1 journals especially Optics Express, Optics Letters and Scientific Reports.

Place of research:

Wireless And Photonic Network Research Centre (WIPNET), Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia and possibly a collaborative project at Department of Physics, University of Malaya.

Main references:

  1. A. R. Sarmani, M. H. Abu Bakar, A. A. A. Bakar, F. R. Mahamd Adikan, and M. A. Mahdi, “Spectral variations of the output spectrum in a random distributed feedback Raman fiber laser,” Opt. Express 19(15), 14152–14159 (2011).
  2. A. R. Sarmani, M. H. Abu Bakar, F. R. Mahamd Adikan, and M. A. Mahdi, “Laser Parameter Variations in a Rayleigh Scattering-Based Raman Fiber Laser with Single Fiber Bragg Grating Reflector,” IEEE. Photon. Journal 4, 461-466 (2012).
  3. S. K. Turitsyn, S. A. Babin, A. E. El-Taher, P. Harper, D. V. Churkin, S. I. Kablukov, J. D. Ania-Castanon, V. Karalekas, and E. V. Podivilov, “Random distributed feedback fibre laser,” Nat. Photon. 4, 231-235 (2010).

You must be very brilliant, highly competitive, innovative, hard-working and eager to learn. You must search for the SCHOLARSHIP by yourselves to fund your study and living expenses for the entire PhD. duration. You can start the research work as early as September 2016. Training of using equipments and fiber components as well as computer software will be provided by Dr. Yeo who has vast experience in consultancy and technical training delivery.

Proficiency in English is compulsory.

Our team members consist of experts in their specific areas:

  1. Dr. Lim Kok Sing (co-supervisor),B.Eng(Telecommunication), PhD (Fiber Lasers).
    Work at University of Malaya
  2. Dr. Yeo Kwok Shien (co-supervisor),
    BEng. (Electronics), PhD(Fiber Lasers).
    Work at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
  3. Prof. Dr. Mohd Adzir Mahdi (co-supervisor),BEng (Electronics) ,M.Sc. (Photonics), PhD (Fiber Lasers).
    Work at U. Putra Malaysia
If interested, please kindly contact me @ abdul.sarmani@yahoo.com.my

Dr. Abdul Rahman Sarmani (main supervisor).

BSc (Industrial Physics), MSc (Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices, Heriot-Watt U.), PhD (Femtosecond Lasers, U. of St. Andrews).

Open to everybody, no discrimination based on gender, racial and religious beliefs. 100% meritocracy, you work hard, you gain more.

Updated:: 14/09/2016 [mohdamir]


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