1. A. C-T. Ko, A. Ridsdale, L. B. Mostaco-Guidolin, A. Major, A. Stolow, M. G. Sowa, “Nonlinear optical microscopy in decoding arterial diseases “, Biophysical Reviews (in press)
  2. S. Manjooran, H. Zhao, I. T. Lima Jr., and A. Major, “Phase-matching properties of PPKTP, MgO:PPSLT and MgO:PPcLN for ultrafast optical parametric oscillation in the visible and near-infrared ranges with green pump “, Laser Physics (in press)
  3. H. Zhao, K. Sukhoy, I. T. Lima Jr., and A. Major, “Generation of green second harmonic with 60% conversion efficiency from a Q-switched microchip laser in MgO:PPLN crystal“, Laser Physics Letters , Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 355-358 (2012)
  4. W. Wang, A. Major, and J. Paliwal, “Grating-stabilized external cavity diode lasers for Raman spectroscopy - a review “, Applied Spectroscopy Reviews , Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 116-143 (2012)
  5. L. B. Mostaco-Guidolin, A. C-T Ko, D. P. Popescu, M. S. D. Smith, E. K. Kohlenberg, M. Shiomi, A. Major, M. G. Sowa, “Evaluation of texture parameters for the quantitative description of multimodal nonlinear optical images from atherosclerotic rabbit arteries“, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 56, No. 16, pp. 5319-5334 (2011)
  6. C. Williams, X.-D. Yang, G. Partridge, J. Usiskin-Miller, A. Major, P. Irani, “TZee: Exploiting the lighting properties of multi-touch tabletops for tangible 3D interactions“, Proceedings of the 29th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011), pp. 1363-1372 (2011)
  7. A. Major, K. Sukhoy, H. Zhao, and I. T. Lima Jr., “Green sub-nanosecond microchip laser based on BiBO crystals“, Laser Physics, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 57-60 (2011)
  8. D. Sandkuijl, R. Cisek, A. Major, and V. Barzda, “Differential microscopy for fluorescence-detected nonlinear absorption anisotropy based on a staggered two-beam femtosecond Yb:KGW oscillator“, Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 895-901 (2010)
  9. H. Zhao, I. T. Lima Jr., and A. Major, “Peculiarities of temperature-dependent Sellmeier equations for periodically poled KTiOPO4 crystal in the near-infrared and visible ranges“, SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 7750, p. 77501D (2010)
  10. H. Zhao, I. T. Lima Jr., and A. Major, “Near-infrared properties of periodically poled KTiOPO4 and stoichiometric MgO-doped LiTaO3 crystals for high power optical parametric oscillation with femtosecond pulses“, Laser Physics, Vol. 20, No. 6, pp. 1404-1409 (2010)
  11. I. T. Lima Jr., V. Kultavewuti, and A. Major, “Phasematching properties of congruent MgO-doped and undoped periodically poled LiNbO3 for optical parametric oscillation with ultrafast excitation at 1 μm”, Laser Physics, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 270-275 (2010)
  12. N. Prent, C. Greenhalgh, R. Cisek, A. Major, J. Aus der Au, S. Elmore, J. H.G.M. van Beek, B. Stewart, J. A. Squier, and V. Barzda, “Second harmonic generation microscopy reveals contraction dynamics in muscle cells”, Physics in Canada, Vol. 65, No. 3, pp. 129-132 (2009)
  13. A. Major, D. Sandkuijl, V. Barzda, “A diode-pumped continuous-wave Yb:KGW laser with Ng-axis polarized output”, Laser Physics Letters, Vol. 6, No. 11, pp. 779-781 (2009)
  14. A. Major, D. Sandkuijl, V. Barzda, “Efficient frequency doubling of a femtosecond Yb:KGW laser in a BiB3O6 crystal”, Optics Express, Vol. 17, No. 14, pp. 12039-12042 (2009)
  15. A. Major, D. Hutchings, N. Langford, A. I. Ferguson, J. S. Aitchison, and P. W. E. Smith, “Two-photon absorption properties of crystalline KNbO3 at 430 nm and efficient high pulse energy blue second-harmonic generation”, Laser Physics Letters, Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 450-453 (2009)
  16. A. Major, R. Cisek, D. Sandkuijl, and V. Barzda, “Femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser with >100 nJ of pulse energy”, Laser Physics Letters, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 272-274 (2009)
  17. A. Sharapov, A. Major and V. Barzda, “Development of a high power femtosecond optical parametric oscillator for biomedical imaging applications”, SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 7099, pp. 70992H1-70992H7 (2008)
  18. A. Major, R. Cisek, A. Tuer, N. Prent and V. Barzda, “Ultrafast Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser for multimodal biomedical imaging with reduced photodamage”, SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 6881, pp. 688108-1 – 7 (2008)
  19. N. Prent, C. Green, C. Greenhalgh, R. Cisek, A. Major, B. Stewart and V. Barzda, “Inter-myofilament dynamics of myocytes revealed by second harmonic generation microscopy”, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 0413181-0413187 (2008)

Previous research highlights

  • A. Major, R. Cisek, C. Greenhalgh, N. Prent, B. Stewart and V. Barzda, “Ytterbium-ion femtosecond laser reduces damage during biomedical imaging”, SPIE Newsroom (2006),
  • Download PublicationH. Hogan, “Novel femtosecond light source aids biosensing”, Biophotonics International magazine, Vol. 13, No. 8, pp. 50-51 (2006)
  • D. Nikbin, “Femtosecond laser offers high-speed DNA diagnostics”, website (Institute of Physics, United Kingdom, 2006),

Representative publications:

  • Download PublicationA. Major, R. Cisek and V. Barzda, “Femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser oscillator pumped by a high power fiber-coupled diode laser module”, Optics Express, Vol. 14, No. 25, pp. 12163-12168 (2006)

  • Download PublicationA. Major, P. Piunno, S. Musikhin, U. Krull and V. Barzda, “An extended cavity diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGW laser for applications in optical DNA sensor technology based on fluorescence lifetime measurements”, Optics Express, Vol. 14, No. 12, pp. 5285-5294 (2006)

  • Download PublicationA. Major, R. Cisek, C.A. Greenhalgh, N. Prent, B. Stewart and V. Barzda, “A diode-pumped high-power extended cavity femtosecond Yb:KGW laser: from development to applications in nonlinear biological microscopy”, SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 6343, pp. 634345-1 – 8 (2006)

  • Download PublicationA. Major, F. Yoshino, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, D. Zigmantas, V. Barzda, “Picosecond z-scan measurements of the two-photon absorption in beta-carotene solution over the 590-790 nm wavelength range”, SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 5724, pp. 269-276 (2005)

  • Download PublicationA. Major, J.S. Aitchison, P.W.E. Smith, F. Druon, P. Georges, B. Viana, G.P. Aka “Z-scan measurements of the nonlinear refractive indices of novel Yb-doped laser crystal hosts”, Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, Vol. 80, No. 2, pp. 199-201 (2005)