The School has extensive research efforts in optics, laser physics, optoelectronics and nonlinear optical phenomena, including:
As well as light-based optics and devices, we have a world-leading research effort in precision measurements using atom-optics and other related technologies. In areas such as satellite gyroscope rotation measurement central to positioning measurements, our research offers inherent accuracy millions of times better than current systems.
ANU hosts a comprehensive array of enabling technologies that enable the design of novel quantum materials and technologies. Our large suite of nanofabrication facilities include MOCVD growth systems, diagnostic capabilities and testing facilities, and features one of Australia’s leading nuclear physics establishments, the Heavy-Ion Accelerator Facility.
Specifically in the optical domain is a new ANFF node at ANU, ANFF Optofab ACT. This node is dedicated to fast turn-around precision and full custom optical elements for research and industrial rapid product development, initially involving the fabrication of high performance custom coatings and small optics on our Veeco Spector dual ion beam system and Moore Nanotech single point diamond lathe.
Physics at ANU has a proud history of commercialising our research. Current photonics-related spin-offs include laser manufacturers Hotlight Systems, quantum cybersecurity company Quintessence Labs and Quantum Brilliance, who are developing light-based quantum computing technology. More projects from Physics at ANU are on our Innovations page.
Potential student research projects
You could be doing your own research into fusion and plasma confinement. Below are some examples of student physics research projects available in RSPE.
Recent advances in laser technology now enable the combination of multiple high-quality lasers into a single high-power beam. The aim of this project is to investigate such `coherently-combined' laser systems within the context of Earth-to-Space laser transmission....
Semiconductor nanowires are emerging nano-materials with substantial opportunities for novel photonic and electronic device applications. This project aims at developing a new generation of high performance NW based photodetectors for a wide range of applications.
Antennas are at the heart of modern radio and microwave frequency communications technologies. They are the front-ends in satellites, cell-phones, laptops and other devices that make communication by sending and receiving radio waves. This project...
Experimental and theoretical work on the development of novel nanostructured materials with unusual optical properties. Special attention to our research is the development of tunable and functional nanostructured metamaterials that interact strongly with...
This project aims to investigate the concepts and strategies required to produce electrically injected semiconductor nanowire lasers by understanding light interaction in nanowires, designing appropriate structures to inject current, engineer the optical...
Please browse our full list of available physics research projects to find a student research project that interests you.