Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture

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Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture

The Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture series was established to honour and commemorate Dr Domachuk's outstanding contribution and commitment to optofluidics and biophotonics research. Peter Domachuk joined the School of Physics in 2003. His research is recognised globally with the successful publication of 36 journal papers. The Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture was initiated by his parents in 2013 with the collaboration of the University of Sydney’s School of Physics and the Faculty of Science, and administered by the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS).

The aim of the biennial Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture is to attract the brightest minds and visionary thinkers in Optical and Experimental Physics. The lecture series aspires to attract the world's leading physicists to come to the University of Sydney to share information with students, academics and researchers and stimulate new and important lines of enquiry.

2015 Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture

We are very pleased to announce our speaker for the 2015 biennial Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture will be prominent applied physicist Professor Federico Capasso.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Time: 5:45pm for 6:00pm start
Venue: MacLaurin, Hall, Quadrangle, The University of Sydney

Please register early for this event, as places are limited and will fill quickly.

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From designer optical materials to structured light for the Internet of Things: adventures of an optical scientist

Engineered optical materials such as photonic crystals, metamaterials and quantum engineered semiconductors have opened up exciting new vistas in optics and photonics. Deep insights into the interaction between light and the above have led to major advances such as an entire new class of lasers spanning an unprecedented wavelength range (quantum cascade lasers) and control of electromagnetic fields (structured light). The latter includes exotic light states such as vortex beam, radially polarized light and in general vector beams where the amplitude, phase and polarization of light is locally engineered to generate arbitrary wavefronts. In particular the structuring of surfaces at the subwavelength scale (Metasurfaces) is leading to exciting developments in Flat Optics that promises unique opportunities in engineering light in arbitrary ways with potential for revolutionary high performance light-weight ultrathin optical components that could impact the Internet of Things and smart wearable optics. The “holy grail” is inverse design in optical technology: given a new type of optical beam with arbitrary properties find the designer material that can generated it from a known incident light beam.

Professor Federico Capasso

Professor Federico Capasso

Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at Harvard University which he joined in 2003. He received the doctor of Physics degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Rome, Italy, in 1973. He then joined Fondazione Ugo Bordoni as a researcher from 1974 to 1976. He joined Bell Laboratories in 1976, where he held positions as Member of Technical Staff (1977-1986), Department Head (1986-2000) and Vice President for Physical Research (2000-2002). In 1997 he was made a Bell Labs Fellow for his scientific contributions.

He has been engaged in basic and applied research on the quantum design of new artificial materials and devices, known as bandstructure engineering; this research culminated in his invention and demonstration of the quantum cascade laser, a device which has revolutionized spectroscopy and chemical sensing, opening up the mid-infrared spectrum to major applications of science and technology. He extensively investigated the Casimir force, performing the first measurement of the repulsive Casimir force and optomechanical forces, including the first prediction of evanescent bonding and antibonding between optical components. Using plasmonics he demonstrated the ability to widely control the wavefront of semiconductor lasers including collimation, multi-wavelength beaming and polarization control. He co-authored over 400 papers, edited four volumes, and holds nearly 60 US patents. He has done pioneering research on metasurfaces demonstrating with his group the generalized laws of refraction and reflection and a new class of flat optical components such as aberration-free flat lenses.

Professor Capasso is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the oldest science academy; the Accademia dei Lincei, Italy. His awards include the King Faisal International Prize for Science, the IEEE Edison Medal, the Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Robert Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the William Streifer Award of the Laser and Electro-optic Society (IEEE), the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics (UK), the IEEE David Sarnoff Award in Electronics, the Duddell Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK), the Willis Lamb Medal for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, the Materials Research Society Medal, the "Vinci of Excellence" Prize (France), the Welker Memorial Medal (Germany), the New York Academy of Sciences Award, the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He holds honorary doctorates from University Paris Diderot, France; Lund University, Sweden; University of Roma III, Italy and the University of Bologna, Italy.

Dr Peter Domachuk

Dr Domachuk

Dr Domachuk completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degree in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. His PhD, under the supervision of Professor Ben Eggleton, was in the field of optofluidics and he published a series of landmark articles on the topic.

In 2006, Dr Domachuk was one of the first PhD student graduates of the CUDOS program. He then took a postdoctoral position at Tufts University in Boston, with Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto in the emerging field of biophotonics. At Tufts, he was part of ground breaking demonstrations in the field of silk photonics, bringing science closer to implantable, biocompatible optical components.

Dr Domachuk returned to the University of Sydney’s School of Physics in 2009 and was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the CUDOS/IPOS group at the University of Sydney. Dr Domachuk published many high profile papers on the topic of optofluidics and biophotonics - he had 36 journal papers published in total. At the University of Sydney he initiated a new program in biophotonics (silk photonics and optofluidics), established new laboratories, supervised students and built commercial opportunities and links with hospitals and the community including his collaboration with Visual Artist Fiona Davies on her Blood on Silk series of works.

The biennial Memorial Lecture was set up in honour of Dr Peter Domachuk, who passed away unexpectedly in December 2012.

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