News 2018

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.


News 2017

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. >Read more

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. >Read more

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’. >Read more

IPOS Symposium 2017

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

Bradfield Award for University of Sydney engineer

University of Sydney engineer Professor Xiaoke Yi has been awarded one of NSW’s top engineering honours. >Read more

IPOS engineer named one of Australia’s most innovative

IPOS academic recognised for her contributions to engineering:
Engineers Australia has named Professor Xiaoke Yi from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers in the Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2017 awards. >Read more

IPOS hosted Professor Dame Athene Donald Donald from the University of Cambridge

The Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) and the School of Physics of the University of Sydney hosted Professor Dame Athene Donald from the University of Cambridge in April, for her first visit to Australia.

Miller Fellowship for Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Congratulations to Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn who has been awarded a visiting Miller Professorship to work at the University of California Berkeley.

The Miller Institute funds short term appointments to eminent scientists to foster collaboration with national and international research programs. Joss will work with colleagues over a three month period at the start of 2018 at one of the most pre-eminent departments in world astronomy.

Read the full story here.

SREI 2020 Grant Success

Congratulations to Dr Sergio Leon-Saval who was one of 21 University researchers awarded funding in the new Sydney Research Excellence Initiative - SREI 2020. This program helps Sydney researchers test new ideas, push disciplinary boundaries and identify ways to scale up their research. Sergio's project title is Developing farm robots with photonic sensors that detect deadly bacteria on food.


Professor Simon Fleming has been appointed as Academic Director of the RPF (Research Prototype Foundry) in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub.

Dr Sergio Leon-Saval is taking over from Professor Simon Fleming as Coordinator of the Senior Physics Laboratory.

Congratulations to Dr Stefano Palomba, who has been appointed as AINST Domain Leaders in the area of Nanophotonics.

Promotion for Xiaoke Yi

Congratulations to IPOS Executive Xiaoke Yi on her promotion to Professor. Xiaoke Yi has dedicated herself to using microwave photonics to generate breakthroughs in the worlds of nanotechnology and high-frequency communications. A sought-after research supervisor and recipient of a 2017 Sydney Accelerator Fellowship Award, Xiaoke Yi is now a professor in the Faculty of Engineering & IT.

News 2014

New Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL) will be open in 2015

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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

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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

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    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.

  • News 2013

    ARC grant success

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    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

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    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

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    IPOS, in conjunction with ANFF OptoFab ran a second training course on optical fibre drawing. More details here

  • CUDOS Showcase

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 Domachuck

    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.

    News 2012

    Grant Success: CUDOS Researchers receive ARC grants

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    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)

    Joint appointment: CUDOS, School of Physics, and the Australian Astronomical observatory
    REFERENCE NO. 817/0512
    More information here

    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

    Egg Fellow

    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.
    Congratulations Trung!

    CUDOS Student wins SPIE award


    CUDOS Student Yvan Paquot has won the SPIE Europe award for best presentation at the recent SPIE Photonics Europe conference. Well done Yvan!

    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

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    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.

  • New book on Photonic Crystal Fibres by IPOS researchers

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    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 story in Optics and Photonics News

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    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.

  • 2 New Postdoctoral Positions

    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.

  • News 2011

    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

    Grant Success: IPOS Researchers receive $4.9M in research funding

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Astrophotonics instrument success

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    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.

  • Dr Boris Kuhlmey wins Tall Poppy award

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    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.

  • Professor Robert Minasian recognized for top-cited publication

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    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.

  • IPOS finalists all take home gold from the Eurekas

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    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.

  • Professor Ben Eggleton and Associate Professor David Moss shortlisted for Eureka honours.

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    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.

  • OECC 2011 Postdeadline publication

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    Mark Pelusi presents CUDOS Postdeadline result at OECC, "Compensation of fiber nonlinearity by an end-span pre-distortion and phase conjugation module". The abstract can be found here.

  • IPOS drawn metamaterials research in Nature Photonics Research Highlights

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    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

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    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

    Nature Photonics

    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

  • First batch of Masters student complete their course


    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 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.

  • Prof. Ben Eggleton keynote presentation at Big Picture Science Dinner

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    Professor Ben Eggleton was the keynote speaker at the first Big Picture Science Dinner on 28 April 2011. More details here.

  • News 2010

    News 2009

    • ACOLS ACOFT 09 Conference Winners


      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.

    • IPOS Student Successes

      IPOS students awarded for success

      Congratulations to IPOS students Casey Handmer and Felix Lawrence for their outstanding success.

    • Prof Ben Eggleton elected fellow of IEEE

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      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 wins AIP Industry Prize

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      IPOS student, Anna Wang has won the top student prize at the AIP Industry Day for her poster session.

    • Prof Ben Eggleton elected ATSE fellow

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      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.

    • 2010 ARC Grant Successes

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      The Australian Research Council has announced funding of more than $1.9M.

    • Nobel Prize

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      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 Ross McPhedran’s prominent work on invisibility


      Prof. McPhedran at IPOS, cloaking research focused on using different materials to control the direction of light passing through to render objects invisible.

    • POF Conference

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      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.

    • Future Fellow

      Dr Boris Kuhlmey

      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.

    • IPOS on the Catalyst

      Optics for Dental Health

      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.

    • Optics for Dental Health

      Optics for Dental Health

      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 in Photonics Spectra

      IPOS in Photonics Spectra

      IPOS recently featured in the July issue of Photonics Spectra. The article explained the research, teaching and project activities in the Institute.

    • IPOS impact at international conferences - postdeadline and invited papers and student prize

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      IPOS postdeadline papers have been presented at the OSA slow light meeting, OECC and ICMAT Conferences.

    • Temperature Stabilization of Optofluidic Photonic Crystal Cavities

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      Researchers within the Optofluidics group at IPOS have developed a novel scheme to make optical devices resistant against temperature changes in their environment.

    • The Photonic Immunochip


      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.

    • Cracking the Colour Code

      Cracking the Colour Code

      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

      Awards ceremony held in MacLaurin Hall

      Two IPOS students win Faculty of Science prizes for outstanding academic achievement. The awards ceremony was held in MacLaurin Hall.

    • Media Release- The Ministers for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

      Paraliament House

      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.

    • IPOS Introduction Video on YouTube

      IPOS video

      Meet members of IPOS and learn about our activities by watching the new IPOS video.

    • Green Light from Silicon

      Green Light

      Researchers at CUDOS produce green light from silicon - a material opaque to visible light.

    • Terabit Per Second Communications: One Step Closer

      Photonic Chip

      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.

    • The Universe in Focus


      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.

    News 2008

    News 2008

    • Green communications coming to a computer near you

      Green Communications

      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.

    • ARC Infrastructure Grant Successes


      IPOS has been successful in achieving new funding for an Optical test-bed, Nanophotonic and Microfluidic Integration Facility.

    • ARC Grant Funding Successes

      ARC Grant

      The Australian Research Council has announced funding of a total value of $3.4M.

    • NSW Scientist of the Year Awards

      Scientist of the Year Award

      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's Sunday Program Features CUDOS

      CUDOS on channel 9

      Channel 9 reports on CUDOS' breakthrough technology which is at the forefront to potentially unclogging cyberspace and increase the speed of the internet.