Institute of Photonics and Optical Science

The Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) draws together research and teaching expertise across the Schools of Physics, Electrical and Information Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and the Electron Microscope Unit.

Our research spans all areas of optics and photonics, both fundamental and applied, including the activities of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) in the School of Physics, those of the Fibre Optics and Photonics Laboratory in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, and astronomical instrumentation (Astrophotonics) programs of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy in the School of Physics.

Latest news

  • IPOS mourns the loss of Associate Professor Leon Poladian

    Associate Professor Leon Poladian passed away on 13 February 2018. His death will be keenly felt by his many friends, colleagues and students. He will be missed not only as scientist, but as a person. His creativity, his passion and his integrity and loyalty were unique. He is an enormous loss, but through his research, and especially through his students, he leaves a legacy that will long endure.

  • Calida Tang awarded Wanda Henry Prize

    IPOS student Calida Tang has been awarded the Wanda Henry Prize 2017 for the best student paper at the Australian New Zealand Conference on Optics (ANZCOP), held in Queenstown, New Zealand, in early December 2018.

  • Joss Bland-Hawthorn commenting on the recent black hole discovery

    In an interview with ABC News, IPOS Executive member and Astrophysicist Professor Bland-Hawthorn, who conducts research into astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation, explains why the oldest black hole discovered yet could upturn conventional theories about the origins of the universe.

  • Sergio Leon-Saval receives 2017 Selby Research Award

    Outstanding academic Dr Sergio Leon-Saval from the University of Sydney’s School of Physics has received the Selby Research Award 2017 from the Selby Scientific Foundation, for his research project ‘Advanced Photonic Sensors for Agriculture’.

  • Invitation to IPOS Symposium 2017

    The topic of this year's IPOS Symposium will be: Nanophotonics and Nanofabrication. Visit the official IPOS Symposium 2017 website for the program and further details.

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