Photonics, Lasers and Nonlinear Optics
This project goal is to investigate, theoretically and experimentally, photonic systems with synthetic dimensionality exceeding the three spatial dimensions, and reveal new opportunities for applications in optical signal switching and sensing in classical and quantum photonics.
Prof Andrey Sukhorukov, Dr Jihua Zhang
This projects aims to construct an ultra-sensitive magnetic field sensor from a whispering gallery mode crystal resonator.
Professor Ping Koy Lam
The project aims to investigate compound semiconductor micro-ring lasers on silicon substrates using selective area growth to engineer the shape of the lasing cavity at the nano/micro-scale. This project will open up new doors to the industry since an integrated laser which is reliable, efficient and easily manufacturable is still elusive in Si photonics.
Professor Hoe Tan, Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC
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 profile and developing nano-fabrication technologies. Electrically operated nanowire lasers would enable practical applications in nanophotonics.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC, Professor Hoe Tan
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 aims to design analog of optical nanoantennas for visible light for advanced optical communiction.
Prof Dragomir Neshev, Dr Andrey Miroshnichenko
This project combines theoretical and experimental research on exciton polaritons in semiconductor microcavities. We investigate emergent quantum phenomena far from equilibrium and their applications for next-generation optoelectronics devices.
Prof Elena Ostrovskaya, Professor Andrew Truscott
This project will address significant problems of feasibility and tunability of novel photonic metadevices aiming to open novel possibilities for a control of light flows topologically protected against scattering losses, energy leaking, or imperfections.
Professor Yuri Kivshar, Dr Sergey Kruk
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 particles in the entire universe.
Prof Andrey Sukhorukov, Prof Dragomir Neshev, Dr Jihua Zhang
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.
Professor Lan Fu, Dr Ziyuan Li, Professor Hoe Tan
Using an atomic clock and an optical frequency comb as diagnostics, this project investigates laser stabilisation using an optical fibre interferometer for field deployable applications such as in space-based instruments.
Prof Jong Chow, Dr Chathura Bandutunga
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 light. Such materials underpin novel optical technologies ranging from wearable sensors to night-vision devices.
Prof Dragomir Neshev, Dr Andrei Komar, Dr Mohsen Rahmani
Optical cavities are widely used in physics and precision measurement. This project will explore the use of modern machine learning methods for the control of optical cavities.
Dr Robert Ward, Dr Bram Slagmolen
Planetary formation process remain a unresolved issue in our understanding of the universe. Direct observation is needed and can only be accomplished in the MIR with cancelation of glare from the host star. The quest for earth like planets faces the same challenge. MIR integrated devices can accomplish this and ANU leads the world in this field.
Associate Professor Stephen Madden
This project has a strong industrial link, and investigates using resonator optics to enhance the measurement sensitivity of the molecular absorption of light.
Prof Jong Chow
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 resonant nanophotonics and meta-optics. High-permittivity nanoparticles exhibit strong interaction with light due to the excitation of electric and magnetic Mie-type resonances.
Professor Yuri Kivshar, Dr Sergey Kruk
This project aims for developing polarization optical devices based on all-dielectric metasurfaces. As no bulky optical elements and moving parts are required, these devices are compact, stable, and can operate in a single-shot mode with high time resolution. Potential applications include sensitive biological imaging and quantum state manipulation and tomography.
Dr Jihua Zhang, Prof Andrey Sukhorukov
This project has a strong industry focus and investigates using an array of interferometers for acoustic sensing. It relies on the ultra-sensitivity of these devices and the array's ability to triangulate the source of an acoustic signal to target a range of applications.
Prof Jong Chow, Dr Chathura Bandutunga
Terahertz frequency range is the least explored part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and we work towards using it in a range of breakthrough imaghing, security and communication applications. We offer a range of Honours, Masters and PhD projects, which include theoretical, numerical and experimental work with terahertz metamaterials.
Professor Ilya Shadrivov, Dr Mingkai Liu, Dr David Powell
By borrowing a concept of Bound States in the Continuum from quantum mechanics we can create extremely high quality optical resonators that are highly sought after in many applications.
Professor Ilya Shadrivov, Professor Yuri Kivshar
This project develops a 3D volumetric imaging system to generate three dimensional images of translucent materials. The project’s goal is to extend and augment the capabilities of existing optical projection tomography systems to address a wider spectrum of imaging needs.
Dr Roland Fleddermann, Prof Jong Chow
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. Applications of this technology include satellite laser ranging, clock transfer and free-space optical communications, and space debris tracking and remote manouevring.
Dr Robert Ward, Professor Daniel Shaddock, Dr Chathura Bandutunga
Using lasers to clean and preserve structures is not new, but the use of ultrashort pulses shows some significant advantages and has been shown to be much less damaging. Help preserve an Australian icon for future generations and have fun blowing things up with lasers in the process!
Associate Professor Stephen Madden, Professor Andrei Rode
Dissipative solitons are generated due to the balance between gain and loss of energy as well as to the balance between input and output of matter. Their existence requires continuous supply of energy and matter that is available in open systems. The model explains variety of phanomena in biology and physics.
Professor Nail Akhmediev, Dr Adrian Ankiewicz, Dr Natasha Devine, Dr. Wonkeun Chang