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Astrophysics

Planetary atmospheres

Telescopic observations, analysis of spacecraft data, and numerical modeling of atmospheric chemsitry on Venus

Dr Stephen Gibson

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Planetary atmospheres

Telescopic observations, analysis of spacecraft data, and numerical modeling of atmospheric chemsitry on Venus

Dr Stephen Gibson

How does a quantum system reach equilibrium?

The idea of equilibration is ubiquitous throughout nature. Out-of-equilibrium dynamics – be it caused by a disturbance and subsequent “rethermalisation”, or by passing through a phase transition – is a difficult question to characterise. This project looks at both equilibration and phase transitions in a Bose-Einstein condensate of metastable helium atoms.

Assoc. Prof Andrew Truscott, Professor Kenneth Baldwin

Australia's climate: Aerosols, chemistry, precipitation, and clouds

Analysis of regional climate observations and model simulations.  Development of a local solar radiation and cloud measurement network. 

Dr Stephen Gibson

The signature of large-amplitude vibrational motions encoded into small polyatomic molecular spectra

This project uses the Australian National University's world-leading state-of-the-art spectrometer to examine state-resolved chemistry, which has been a target of chemical physics for several decades.  It will verify the long suspected existence of large amplitude vibrational eigenstates organised along the isomerization path, that are the signatures of the "holy grail" of chemical dynamics. This provides for previously unimagined schemes for efficient, rationally designed external control of chemical reactions.

Dr Stephen Gibson

Fundamental tests of quantum mechanics with matter waves

We create the coldest stuff in the Universe – a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) – by laser-cooling helium atoms to within a millionth of a degree Kelvin. At these extremely low temperatures particles behave more like waves.  You will use the BEC to study fundamental quantum mechanics and for applications like atom interferometry.

Assoc. Prof Andrew Truscott, Professor Kenneth Baldwin

Clean Energy

Solar energy forecasting

Measurement and simulation of spatial and temporal variations in surface solar radiation due to clouds and aerosols

Dr Stephen Gibson

Environmental Physics

Australia's climate: Aerosols, chemistry, precipitation, and clouds

Analysis of regional climate observations and model simulations.  Development of a local solar radiation and cloud measurement network. 

Dr Stephen Gibson

Solar energy forecasting

Measurement and simulation of spatial and temporal variations in surface solar radiation due to clouds and aerosols

Dr Stephen Gibson

Materials Science and Engineering

Ultra-short laser induced micro-explosion: A new route to synthesise novel high-pressure phases

This project aims to synthesise novel metastable material phases by ultrafast laser-induced microexplosion confined within a material’s bulk.

Professor Andrei Rode, Associate Professor Eugene Gamaly

Two-dimensional black phosphorous infrared photodetectors

Black phosphorus (BP) is an emerging 2-dimentional (2D) materials that has exhibited superieor properties for optoelctronic applications. By employing an innovative oxygen plasma etching method, we aim to demonstate high quality, air-stable mono- and few-layer BP films for near- and mid- infrared photodetector applications.

Dr Xin Gai, Dr Ziyuan Li, A/Prof Lan Fu

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Quantum microscopes for revolutionary interdisciplinary science

This project aims to invent and apply quantum microscopes to solve major problems across science.

Dr Marcus Doherty

Photonics, Lasers and Nonlinear Optics

Storing quantum entangled states of light

In this project you will demonstrate the storage of quantum entangled states of light using quantum memories based on rare-earth doped crystals.

Associate Professor Matthew Sellars, Dr Rose Ahlefeldt, Dr Kate Ferguson

High storage capacity quantum memories

This project aims to develop high capacity quantum memories for light by using novel rare earth crystals.

Dr Rose Ahlefeldt, Associate Professor Matthew Sellars

Developing a planar waveguide photonic quantum processor

This project aims to develop a photonic quantum processor based on a planar waveguide architecture incorporating rare-earth doped crystals.

Associate Professor Matthew Sellars, Associate Professor Stephen Madden

Ultrafast optical micro-domain structuring for advanced nonlinear photonic devices

This project aims to develop a breakthrough all-optical approach to create micro-domain patterns in nonlinear optical media using tightly focused femtosecond pulses. It will lead to the first flexible all-optically formed quasi-phase matched structures, enabling access to a broad range of applications for exceptional control over both photons and phonons.

Dr Yan Sheng

Ultra-short laser induced micro-explosion: A new route to synthesise novel high-pressure phases

This project aims to synthesise novel metastable material phases by ultrafast laser-induced microexplosion confined within a material’s bulk.

Professor Andrei Rode, Associate Professor Eugene Gamaly

Developing a quantum memory for the 1550 nm optical communication band

In this project you will develop a quantum memory for storing light at 1550 nm using erbium doped crystals.

Associate Professor Matthew Sellars

Two-dimensional black phosphorous infrared photodetectors

Black phosphorus (BP) is an emerging 2-dimentional (2D) materials that has exhibited superieor properties for optoelctronic applications. By employing an innovative oxygen plasma etching method, we aim to demonstate high quality, air-stable mono- and few-layer BP films for near- and mid- infrared photodetector applications.

Dr Xin Gai, Dr Ziyuan Li, A/Prof Lan Fu

Quantum Devices and Technology

Diamond quantum computing and communications

This project aims to engineer diamond quantum computers and communication networks.

Dr Marcus Doherty

Storing quantum entangled states of light

In this project you will demonstrate the storage of quantum entangled states of light using quantum memories based on rare-earth doped crystals.

Associate Professor Matthew Sellars, Dr Rose Ahlefeldt, Dr Kate Ferguson

High storage capacity quantum memories

This project aims to develop high capacity quantum memories for light by using novel rare earth crystals.

Dr Rose Ahlefeldt, Associate Professor Matthew Sellars

Developing a planar waveguide photonic quantum processor

This project aims to develop a photonic quantum processor based on a planar waveguide architecture incorporating rare-earth doped crystals.

Associate Professor Matthew Sellars, Associate Professor Stephen Madden

Quantum microscopes for revolutionary interdisciplinary science

This project aims to invent and apply quantum microscopes to solve major problems across science.

Dr Marcus Doherty

Developing a quantum memory for the 1550 nm optical communication band

In this project you will develop a quantum memory for storing light at 1550 nm using erbium doped crystals.

Associate Professor Matthew Sellars

Discovering quantum defects in diamond and related materials

This project aims to discover and study defects in diamond and related materials that are suitable for quantum technology.

Dr Marcus Doherty, Professor Neil Manson

Quantum Science and Applications

Diamond quantum computing and communications

This project aims to engineer diamond quantum computers and communication networks.

Dr Marcus Doherty

How does a quantum system reach equilibrium?

The idea of equilibration is ubiquitous throughout nature. Out-of-equilibrium dynamics – be it caused by a disturbance and subsequent “rethermalisation”, or by passing through a phase transition – is a difficult question to characterise. This project looks at both equilibration and phase transitions in a Bose-Einstein condensate of metastable helium atoms.

Assoc. Prof Andrew Truscott, Professor Kenneth Baldwin

Experimental quantum simulation with ultracold metastable Helium atoms in an optical lattice

This project will construct a 3D optical lattice apparatus for ultracold metastable Helium atoms, which will form an experimental quantum-simulator to investigate quantum many-body physics. A range of experiments will be performed such as studying higher order quantum correlations across the superfluid to Mott insulator phase transition.

Dr Sean Hodgman, Assoc. Prof Andrew Truscott

Discovering quantum defects in diamond and related materials

This project aims to discover and study defects in diamond and related materials that are suitable for quantum technology.

Dr Marcus Doherty, Professor Neil Manson

Fundamental tests of quantum mechanics with matter waves

We create the coldest stuff in the Universe – a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) – by laser-cooling helium atoms to within a millionth of a degree Kelvin. At these extremely low temperatures particles behave more like waves.  You will use the BEC to study fundamental quantum mechanics and for applications like atom interferometry.

Assoc. Prof Andrew Truscott, Professor Kenneth Baldwin

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