New Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL) will be open in 2015
SAIL will be the new astrophotonics and astronomical instrumentation laboratories under the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) and the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the School of Physics. More details may be found here
IPOS Researcher Awarded Tall Poppy Prize
IPOS Deputy Director Dr Alexander Argyros has been awarded a NSW Young Tall Poppy Award. Run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise individuals who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science and who demonstrate great leadership potential. More details may be found here and here.
Inaugural Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture
The inaugural lecture in memory of late IPOS researcher Dr Peter Domachuk was presented by Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto, Tufts University, USA, on the 4th of November at the University’s Eastern Avenue Auditorium. The topic "The multiple forms of silk – from ancient textile to future technology," was pioneered by Prof. Omenetto, and had significant contributions from Peter himself. The lecture was attended by over 100 participants. More information can be found here.
ARC grant success
IPOS researchers have been successful in obtaining over $3.1M in research funding from the Australian Research Council in the latest round of announcements in November 2013. Dr Shaghik Atakaramians received a DECRA; Prof Simon Fleming, Prof John Canning, Prof Peter Tuthill and A/Prof Stuart Jackson were awarded Discovery Projects; and Prof Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Dr Alex Clarke and Dr Jochen Schroder received LIEF grants.
IPOS postdeadline papers at ECOC 2013
An international US-Australian collaboration with Bell Laboratories Alcatel-Lucent led by Dr Sergio Leon-Saval achieved two high profile IPOS postdeadline papers at the prestigious European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) the largest optical communication event in Europe for 2013. More details here
Second Optical Fibre Drawing Training Course
IPOS, in conjunction with ANFF OptoFab ran a second training course on optical fibre drawing. More details here
You are invited to attend the CUDOS Showcase to be held at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney on Friday November 22.Visit the Showcase Website for more information and to register.
Revolutionary photonic spectrometer to be funded by the Keck Foundation
The Astrophotonics Group, led by Joss Bland-Hawthorn, is a key partner in a revolutionary new project at the University of Maryland to be funded by the Keck Foundation and NASA. More details here.
IPOS Student Conference
On the 12th of June IPOS held its first Student Conference, in order to bring together the students from the various groups that comprise IPOS, so they can share ideas and find out more about each other’s research area, as they are the ones who will be making the “Discoveries for the next generation” - the theme of the conference. More details here.
New funding for Space SyReNS
IPOS researchers Dr Sergio Leon-Saval and Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn amongst the 15 partners of the recently funded Space SyReNS. More details on the 2013 News page.
Optical Fibre Drawing Training Course
IPOS, in conjunction with ANFF OptoFab ran a training course on optical fibre drawing, specifically focussing on the fabrication of microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOF). More details here.
Optics innovation an industry success
An optics innovation by an IPOS researcher has been a financial and technology transfer success story creating a wave of sales for Finisar, the Australian company that has used the new technology. Full story can be found here.
Funding boost for information technology
A University of Sydney research program focussed on photonic signal processing to improve defence capability is among a handful of projects to receive federal government funding announced today by Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon. More details can be found here.
John Canning's Optical Materials Express paper details new laser technique
Optical Materials Express issued a press release about the Paper: “Laser tailoring surface interactions, contact angles, drop topologies, and the self-assembly of optical microwires,” J. Canning et al., Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 284-294 (2013). In which "The researchers anticipate that their processing technology will allow complete control of nanoparticle self-assembly for various technologies". Full details in the OSA Press Release
CUDOS mourns the loss of Dr Peter Domachuk:
Dr. Peter Domachuk passed away on 31/12/2012 after a sudden illness. Peter was a valued member of the School and CUDOS and a great colleague and friend to many of us -- he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Peter's family and friends at this terrible time. More information here.
Grant Success: CUDOS Researchers receive ARC grants
CUDOS and IPOS researchers have a received a total of $2.0M in research funding in recent announcements. The Australian Research Council will fund 3 Discovery Projects and 2 DECRAs This is a great success for the CUDOS/IPOS researchers involved in these project and for the University as a whole. Congratullations! The details of the grants are listed here.
Postdoctoral research associate/research fellow- Astrophotonics (Experimentalist)
CUDOS at Sydney University reports breakthrough in quantum processing at ECOC Postdeadline session in Amsterdam
Congratulations to Alex Clark et al. for the Postdeadline success at ECOC.
TITLE: Ultra-Compact High Fidelity Heralded Single Photon Source in a III-V Photonic Crystal
ABSTRACT: We demonstrate heralded single photon generation in an ultra-compact III-V semiconductor photonic crystal. Photons are generated with a coincidence-to-accidental ratio over 60 and a g(2)(0) of 0.06 representing the record fidelity to a single photon state for a semiconductor waveguide device
Professor Eggleton Receives ARC Laureate Fellowship
Great news for CUDOS! Professor Ben Eggleton will receive $2.91 million over five years to work on 'Nonlinear optical phononics: harnessing sound and light in nonlinear nanoscale circuits'. This project will open a new field of physics by building the first integration platform in which light and sound interact in nonlinear nanoscale circuits. More info here
CUDOS alumni,receives prestigious prize for best PhD thesis
Dr. Trung Vo, CUDOS alumni received the prestigious prize for best PhD thesis in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Photo shows Dr. Trung Vo and Head of School, Prof Clive Baldock in the last faculty prize ceremony.
CUDOS Student wins SPIE award
IPOS research featured in Laser Focus World.
Work by IPOS researchers Dr. Alexander Argyros and Dr. Sergio Leon-Saval and collaborators from the University of Auckland was featured in Laser Focus World. The article described their work on low-loss polymer based hollow THz waveguides. The full article can be accessed here
Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn elected Fellow to the Australian Academy of Science and Optical Society of America
IPOS researcher and Federation Fellow Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn was recently elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Science, and separately, as Fellow of the Optical Society of America. These honours are in recognition of his research in pioneering the science of Astrophotonics and making significant contributions to experimental physics and astrophysics.
IPOS researchers Dr. Boris Kuhlmey, Dr. Alexander Argyros and Dr. Sergio Leon-Saval have published a new book on Photonic Crystal Fibres. The book is titled Foundations of Photonic Crystal Fibres, 2nd Edition, by Imperial College Press. The book outlines progress in the field of PCF, including fabrication and applications, as well as giving an extensive review of numerical methods used for modelling these fibres. More information can be found here
CUDOS research was featured in Optics and Photonics News. The growing demand for broadband communications has inspired many approaches to increasing capacity. Recent work at CUDOS shows that combining linear and nonlinear optical signal processing can overcome some of the challenges faced by high-symbol-rate signals. More info here.
CUDOS, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems, has been funded for seven years commencing 2011. We now wish to recruit two researchers at level A (Postdoctoral Research Associate) or level B (Research Fellow) to join our program In the experimental guided wave optics and optical communications areas. More information here.
3rd IPOS Annual Symposium
The 3rd IPOS Annual Symposium on “Energy and the Environment: Photonics Solutions for the 21st Century” was held on the 6th and 7th of December, 2011, at the University of Sydney. The Symposium was a great success attracting over 120 attendees. More information can be found here
IPOS researchers have a received a total of $4.9M in research funding in recent announcements. The Australian Research Council will fund 2 Discovery Projects, 3 DECRAs, 2 Future Fellows, 2 Linkage Projects and 2 LIEF grants, and the University of Sydney will fund 1 Major Equipment grant. This is a great success for the IPOS researchers involved in these project and for the University as a whole. The details of the grants are listed here.
Alessandro Tuniz wins AIP NSW Postgraduate Award
IPOS PhD student Alessandro Tuniz has won the 2011 Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) Postgraduate Award. Alessandro’s entry to the award was based on his research into using fibre-drawing methods to fabricate metamaterials. Students participating in the award were asked to make a 20-minute presentation on their postgraduate research in physics, with the presentations judged on scientific quality, clarity and presentation skills. The talks were held on the 22nd of November at the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.
First batch of Masters Students Graduate
The first batch of students from the Masters in Photonics and Optical Science course graduated on the 4th of November 2011. The ceremony was held at the Great Hall, followed by a reception at the School of Physics. IPOS congratulates Patrick Blown, Tomonori Hu, Charithra Rajapakse and Matthew Stuart for their success and wishes them all the best for the future.
In a world first, IPOS researcher Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn, along with other colleagues from the University of Sydney's School of Physics and the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) have commissioned a new instrument on the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), making use of new and novel astrophotonic technology. More info here.
Four University of Sydney scientists have won Young Tall Poppy Science Awards from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, announced at an awards ceremony on 3 November 2011. The prestigious annual science awards recognise young scientists who are doing outstanding work in their field and actively engage and educate the community about their work.. Full history here.
The top 1% most highly cited papers in each of 22 broad research fields for each of the years 2000-2008 were identified from the Scopus database. Prof. Robert Minasian paper: “Photonic signal processing of microwave signals” is showing 175 citations in Scopus to date.
The prestigious Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science went to Professor Ben Eggleton, Director of CUDOS, and Associate Professor David Moss from IPOS was named winner of the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science. Full history here.
Associate Professor David Moss and Professor Ben Eggleton are in the running for the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science and Leadership in Science, respectively. The Eureka prizes are commonly referred to as the Oscars of Australian science. Best of luck! More information here.
Nature Photonics drew the attention of their readers to the breakthrough results of the first demonstration of drawn metamaterials with a negative permeability. The feature in the prestigious journal’s Research Highlights section reported on the Optical Materials Express paper from IPOS and the University of Wollongong on the fabrication and characterisation of magnetic metamaterials for the THz using a combination of polymer fibre-drawing methods and sputtering.
Hubble Space Telescope Observation Time Awarded to IPOS Astronomer
IPOS researcher Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn has been awarded individual observation time on the Hubble Space Telescope. Prof. Bland-Hawthorn is part of a team of comprising five astronomers from the USA and one Australian scientist who have been granted "20 orbits" to use the COS ultraviolet spectrograph. "We are studying the Magellanic Stream, which is a stream of gas discovered by Australian radio astronomers in the 1970s that wraps right around the Galaxy." Earlier work by Professor Bland-Hawthorn showed that what can be seen with radio telescopes is only a fraction of the gas. "Much of it is warm, or even hot, but you can only see this with optical and, especially, UV telescopes. We want to confirm this claim from my work and my modelling, and demonstrate that much of the gas falling into the Galaxy is in the form of a warm rain."
IPOS breakthrough on the path to secure technology
Groundbreaking research in quantum light sources led by IPOS researchers from the University of Sydney node of CUDOS will result in information speeds many times faster and data that is almost impossible to hack. The researchers, led by Dr. Chunlee Xiong, have generated individual pairs of photons in the smallest device ever by slowing light down using silicon photonic crystals. At 100 microns long (approximately the thickness of a human hair) CUDOS's quantum photon device is one hundred times smaller than the one-centimetre devices used by other groups. A post-deadline paper on this work was presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and the Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS) on Thursday 5 May in Baltimore, USA, titled: "Correlated Photon-Pair Generation in an Ultra-Compact Silicon Photonic Crystal Waveguide" by Christelle Monat, Alex Clark, Chunle Xiong, Christian Grillet, Graham Marshall, Michael J. Steel, Juntao Li, Liam O'Faolain, Thomas F. Krauss and Benjamin J. Eggleton. The group includes collaborators from the Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon, France; Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol, UK; CUDOS, Dept of Physics & Astronomy, Macquarie University, Australia; and the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, UK
The first of the Masters of Photonics and Optical Science students that began their studies in March 2010, have now completed their course with the submission of their project thesis on the 3rd of June 2011. Click here.to see a summary of their projects. IPOS congratulates their successful completion and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavours. The graduation ceremony will be held in November, 2011.
Professor Ben Eggleton was the keynote speaker at the first Big Picture Science Dinner on 28 April 2011. More details here.
Research by CUDOS researchers and collaborators has been presented as postdeadline papers at the recent Frontiers in Optics Conference, which was held in Rochester, NY, USA.
Congratulation to Alessandro Tuniz on being runner up in the Best Presentation Award at PECS Conference in Granada.
Congratulations to Irina Kabakova and Steve Dekker and the co-authors for the 2 Postdeadline successes to be presented at the FiO meeting to be held in Rochester.
Professor Ben Eggleton, the Director of IPOS, represented Australia at the Science and Technology in Society forum in Kyoto, Japan.
At a recent Australian Optical Society (AOS) meeting in Sydney, it was announced that the AOS Geoff Opat Early Career Researchers Prize will be awarded to IPOS researcher Dr. Alexander Argyros.
IPOS student Alessandro Tuniz is working on a concept to make 1-micrometre invisible threads.
An article written by Professors Ben Eggleton and David Moss, from CUDOS University of Sydney, has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Associate Professor David Moss from IPOS, is a finalist for the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science.
CUDOS an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence has secured $23.8 million funding over seven years.
IPOS has broken new ground in photonics and optics. IPOS researchers have developed photonics processing that could push the broadband speeds to one terabit per second.
Professor Ross McPhedran, a senior researcher with IPOS, has been awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by The Universite Paul Cezanne.
Associate Professor David Moss, a senior researcher at IPOS, leads an international team which has developed a new pulsed laser that allows light to be generated on a computer chip.
Dr Peter Domachuk has been awarded a Fresh Science prize for his work on silk photonics.
Research work, by IPOS Postgraduate student Trung Duc Vo, has achieved unprecedented bandwidth capacity and utilisation: up to 100 times faster than the current networks.
Dr Maryanne Large, from IPOS, was highly commended for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision at the 2010 Vice Chancellor's Awards.
IPOS had a good turnout and participation at OFC this year. As well as regular papers.
Professor Ben Eggleton, has won the 2010 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award for Physical Sciences.
The Dental Laser Ultrasound invented by David Hsiao-chuan Wang and Prof. Simon Fleming, appeared on The New Inventors in ABC Television. The Dental Laser Ultrasound uses sound waves to detect faults in your teeth at an early stage eliminating the need for surgical intervention.
IPOS student, Alessandro Tuniz, has won the ACOFT Best Submitted Student Paper Prize in the ACOFT ACOLS 2009 conference. ACOFT ACOLS 2009 was an Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers, Spectroscopy and Optical Fibre Technology.
Congratulations to IPOS students Casey Handmer and Felix Lawrence for their outstanding success.
Congratulations to Prof. Ben Eggleton for his election to IEEE fellow. IEEE Board of Directors elevated Prof Ben Eggleton to IEEE Fellow for contributions to the development and applications of Bragg gratings and other periodic structures in optical fibers.
IPOS student, Anna Wang has won the top student prize at the AIP Industry Day for her poster session.
Prof Eggleton's election as a Fellow of ATSE places Professor Eggleton in an elite group of 28 leaders in technological science, engineering and innovation from Australia and overseas elected in 2009 as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Fellows of the Academy are elected each year on the basis of their achievement in the application of science, technology and engineering to Australian life.
The Australian Research Council has announced funding of more than $1.9M.
The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three IEEE members. The prize went to Willard S. Boyle, Charles K.Kao, and George E. Smith, who were hailed by the Nobel jury as "the masters of light".
Prof. McPhedran at IPOS, cloaking research focused on using different materials to control the direction of light passing through to render objects invisible.
The 18th International Plastic Optical Fiber Conference was a success and drew participants from 15 countries. The event was sponsorded by IPOS and showcased many researchers work and unveiled Kiriama Pty Ltd, the first IPOS spin-off company.
Dr Boris Kuhlmey is a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr announced the awards.
Catalyst on ABC television features a story on IPOS research, the photonic chip, that increases the speed of the internet using light. The program is featured on Thursday 3 September at 8pm on ABC 1.
Our postgraduate student David Hsiao-Chuan Wang has developed an ultrasonic evaluation technique using laser-generated ultrasound to measure the elasticity of the surface of teeth.
IPOS recently featured in the July issue of Photonics Spectra. The article explained the research, teaching and project activities in the Institute.
IPOS postdeadline papers have been presented at the OSA slow light meeting, OECC and ICMAT Conferences.
Researchers within the Optofluidics group at IPOS have developed a novel scheme to make optical devices resistant against temperature changes in their environment.
IPOS members Aslund and Canning at the Interdisciplinary Photonics Laboratories (iPL) at the School of Chemistry win ARC Linkage funding to develop "The Photonic Immunochip" with international genetics company Bioprocess p/l.
Dr Maryanne Large presented in a documentary series "Cracking the Colour Code" which premiered on SBS on Wednesday June 10 2009 at 8:30pm.
Two IPOS students win Faculty of Science prizes for outstanding academic achievement. The awards ceremony was held in MacLaurin Hall.
In joint release with Senator Anne McEwen, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Kim Carr has announced in a media release the launch of IPOS on Thursday the 23 April 2009.
Meet members of IPOS and learn about our activities by watching the new IPOS video.
Researchers at CUDOS produce green light from silicon - a material opaque to visible light.
IPOS have developed a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that can not only increase Internet networks speeds making them 60 times faster but can act as traffic monitors to keep the speed high and error-free.
Successful recent trials of a state-of-the-art filter for cleaning up signals in astronomy, have raised interest in the potential commercial impact of this Astrophotonics work in IPOS.
An international team of researchers from Australia, Canada and the United States led by Dr. Moss have developed a photonic chip capable of low power optical switching.
IPOS has been successful in achieving new funding for an Optical test-bed, Nanophotonic and Microfluidic Integration Facility.
The Australian Research Council has announced funding of a total value of $3.4M.
Professor Benjamin Eggleton has been awarded the NSW Scientist of the Year Award for Physics and Astronomy, by the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research. Professor Eggleton's research work at CUDOS includes the development of a photonic chip to increase the speed of the Internet.
Channel 9 reports on CUDOS' breakthrough technology which is at the forefront to potentially unclogging cyberspace and increase the speed of the internet.