Available student project - Photonic musical instruments

Research fields

  • Photonics, Lasers and Nonlinear Optics
  • Engineering in Physics

Project details

Due to the unique light weight and small footprint of optical fibres, they can be attached to musical instruments without significant alteration of their acoustic behaviour.  The vibrational modes of the instrument then introduces a time-varying change in the optical path length of the optical fibre.  A fibre optic interferometer can detect these displacements with very high resolution, and this signal can then be recorded with very high fidelity.  This project investigates various aspects of this  concept, including acoustic modelling, transducer design, and signal processing and analysis.

Required background

Students will require a background in optics and signal processing.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project

Contact supervisor

Chow, Jong profile
Convenor for Photonics Program
(02) 612 51547

Other supervisor(s)

Close, John profile
Head of Department
(02) 612 54390

Fleddermann, Roland profile
Postdoctoral Fellow
(02) 612 51012

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