News 2008

Green communications coming to a computer near you

24 November 2008

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. This is based on an improved version of the glass in optical fibre cables that have been the material of choice for telecommunication companies for over 40 years.

Full Details: The University of Sydney

Dr Moss' paper Low-power continuous-wave nonlinear optics in doped silica glass integrated waveguide structures was published on Nature Photonics's website.

ARC Infrastructure Grant Successes

17 November 2008

Optical test-bed facility for mid infrared components for sensing, imaging and Astrophotonics in the IPOS labs at the University of Sydney’s School of Physics

This test facility will enable Australian researchers to validate optical components and technologies at wavelengths from 2.5 to 20 microns, that are crucial for a wide range of applications including biophotonics, sensing, imaging, defense, and astro-photonics. Technologies related to the Mid IR are expected to have a significant impact on quality of life and global economy. It will enable Australian researchers to achieve a major impact in many areas of Mid IR fundamental and applied science as well as industry sectors such as sensing, biophotonics, defence, health, bio-security and imaging.

Nanophotonic and Microfluidic Integration Facility: a Platform for Optofluidics

Emerging 'lab on a chip' technology promises to provide low-cost, mass produced platforms for monitoring and processing of environmental and biological samples (eg. water quality and early cancer detection). These essentially fluidic platforms will require integrated photonic components to provide the vast array of optical interrogation options that are used in all modern laboratories. The proposed facility will enable Australian researchers to effectively integrate nano-photonic structures with engineered micro-fluidics into a single optofluidic chip. This will bring researchers in photonics and microfluidics together and will provide platforms supporting support biomedical and environmental and even fundamental physics projects.

Full Details: LIEF

ARC Grant Funding Successes

15 October 2008

IPOS members won 7 grants with a total value of $3.4M when the Australian Research Council announced the successful applicants in its Discovery and Linkage programs on 15th October.

Photonic Communications

  • "Silicon All-Optical Nanophotonic Devices for 160Gb/s Systems", Dr DJ Moss, $370k.
  • "Tailoring ultrafast pulses for Tb/s transmission with advanced modulation formats", Prof BJ Eggleton, Dr S Frisken, $281k (Linkage with Finisar).

Photonic Signal Processing

  • "New paradigms for high resolution microwave photonic signal processing", Prof RA Minasian, $960k.

Optics & Photonics

  • "Microfibre photonics: function densification on a wavelength scale". Dr SD Jackson, $580k.
  • "Compact Tunable Visible Lasers - New Approaches to Phase-Matching", Prof SC Fleming, $410k.


  • "Galactic Archaeology: a Challenge for the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm", Prof J Bland-Hawthorn, Prof KC Freeman, Dr SC Keller, Prof M Asplund, $510k.
  • "The mass assembly of galaxies and structure in the universe", Dr AM Hopkins, Prof J Bland-Hawthorn, $290k.

Communications Technologies

  • "Novel coherence free microwave photonic signal processors", Dr. X.Yi, $155K.

Full Details: Discovery and Linkage.

NSW Scientist of the Year Awards

12 September 2008

Professor Ben Eggleton has been awarded the NSW Scientist of the Year Award in the Physics and Astronomy Category, by the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research. Professor Ben Eggleton research work includes working with CUDOS to create new optical devices such as the glass photonic chip. The glass photonic chip is at the forefront of increasing the speed of the internet, through its use of using light to transmit signals.

The NSW Office for Science and Medical Research is part of the NSW Government’s Department of State and Regional Development.

CUDOS on Channel 9's Sunday Program

5 August 2008

The new technology created by CUDOS was featured on Channel 9’s Sunday Program.

Professor Ben Eggleton explained on the Sunday Program the breakthrough technology, the glass photonic switch. The research work completed by CUDOS, is leading the way to improve networks through the creation of a glass switch which is capable of increasing the speed of the internet.

The glass switch uses light and is capable of separating signals from noise, only allowing signals to pass through the channels. The existing fibre optics networks use amplifiers and are much slower than light.

Further Details: Watch the report on YouTube