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.
Gravitational wave detectors have reached the thermodynamic limit of optical coating performance and require novel coating materials and noise mitigation techniques for further sensitivity improvements. This project investigates the behaviour of higher...
This project will address the recently emerged new platform for nanophotonics based on high-index dielectric nanoparticles that opened a whole new realm of all-dielectric Mie-resonant nanophotonics or Mie-tronics. High-index dielectric nanoparticles...
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...
Using non-classical light states on laser interferometric gravitational-wave detectors, to further enhance the best length measurement devices in the world.
The goal of the project is to understand new physical phenomena arising from quantum and nonlinear optical integration. In the future this research may open doors to new types of computers and simulators with information capacity exceeding the number of elementary...
Please browse our full list of available physics research projects to find a student research project that interests you.