Prof. Dragomir Neshev, Prof. Chennupati Jagadish, Prof. Ilya Shadrivov, and Prof. Lan Fu
ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) & Research School of Physics, ANU
The massive rate of miniaturisation of personal electronic devices has revolutionised all aspects of our lives. This innovation growth has been fuelled by advances in nanotechnology, enabling the creation of new materials and devices at the nanoscale. As an example, a modern mobile phone contains more than a billion transistors. The development of miniaturised optical technologies, on the other hand, has been significantly slower. Even though light provides a means for humans and machines to exchange information, e.g. using displays and cameras, the field of optics has been using the same concepts as the ancient Greeks. Although those principles have underpinned advances such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the digital camera, they cannot keep up with ever-shrinking personalised devices and new functionalities required for Industry
4.0, creating a roadblock for further system miniaturisation and integrability.
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) has a vision to develop the next generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. By harnessing the disruptive concept of meta-optics, the Centre aims to overcome complex challenges in light generation, manipulation and detection at the nanoscale, forming the three Research
Themes of the Centre. TMOS brings together a trans-disciplinary team of world-leaders in science, technology and engineering from five Australian Universities: ANU, The University of Melbourne, RMIT, UTS and UWA, to deliver the next scientific innovations in optics, including real-time holographic displays, artificial vision for autonomous systems and wearable medical devices.
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