News 2009

ACOLS ACOFT 09 Conference Winners

4 December 2009
Alessandro Tuniz wins ACOFT Best Submitted Student Paper

ACOFT ACOLS 2009 was an Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology in association with the International Workshop on Dissipative Solitons.

IPOS student, Alessandro Tuniz, has won the ACOFT Best Submitted Student Paper Prize in the ACOFT ACOLS 2009 conference. Alessandro also submitted a postdeadline paper.

Further Details: ACOFT/ACOLS 2009 conference

IPOS Student Successes

27 November 2009

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

Casey Handmer was awarded First Class Honours and a University Medal for his Honours work. He will also share the Shiroki prize for the best honours thesis.

Felix Lawrence was the winner of the AIP NSW Postgraduate Award. The award is given for the best oral presentation, in which the science, the context of the work, and the quality of the presentation are judged.

Prof Ben Eggleton elected fellow of IEEE

24 November 2009
Prof Eggleton IEEE fellow

Congratulations to Prof. Ben Eggleton for his election to IEEE fellow.

Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Institute’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow.

The IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2009 meeting, elevated Prof Ben Eggleton to IEEE Fellow (effective 1 January 2010) with the following citation:

for contributions to the development and applications of Bragg gratings and other periodic structures in optical fibers

IPOS student wins AIP Industry Prize

19 November 2009

IPOS student, Anna Wang has won the top student prize at the AIP Industry Day today for her poster: Towards Real Time in vivo Sensing Based on Surface Plasmon Resonance.

Anna Wang's poster session included a live puppet show.

Prof Ben Eggleton elected ATSE fellow

16 November 2009

Congratulations to Prof. Ben Eggleton for been elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

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.

Prof. Eggleton

Further details: University of Sydney website

2010 ARC Grant Successes

26 October 2009

The Australian Research Council (ARC) announced the successful applicants on Monday the 26 October, 6 IPOS members have won grants well done. Congratulations to Snjezana who was awarded an Australian Research Fellowship.

DP1093789 Dr A Argyros
Approved Scaling-up microstructured fibres for terahertz radiation
$ 140,000
$ 120,000
$ 120,000
$ 105,000
$ 105,000
Dr A Argyros
The University of Sydney
Terahertz radiation is the last region of the electromagnetic spectrum to be fully utilised. Many applications have been identified but their practicality has been limited by a lack of low-loss flexible waveguides. The waveguides to be developed in this project will build on Australia's existing international lead and investments in photonics as well as extend the dynamic field of microstructured optical fibres, indentified as the 'future' of optical fibres. Low-loss flexible waveguides will enable imaging and spectroscopy applications that can reveal and object's internal structure and composition. This will have immediate applications in security, quality control, medical imaging and other safety or industrial applications.

DP1096567 Dr SG Leon-Saval
Approved Light-Matter Interactions In Nanoparticle-doped Microstructured Polymer Fibres
$ 110,000
$ 90,000
$ 85,000
APD Dr SG Leon-Saval
The University of Sydney
Microstructured optical fibres have been defined as the 'next generation' of optical fibres. This proposal offers the opportunity to make major advances in this dynamic new area, not only changing the fibre properties by means of its microstructured but also by its material properties. The proposed research will enable us to fabricate new types of optical fibre by exploiting three completely different technologies:
polymer materials, microstructured polymer fibres (mPOF) and nanoparticles.
This project will build on our existing success in developing mPOF, and create major new opportunities, both in fundamental science and in applications that could and would be commercialised.

DP1096831 Dr P Domachuk
Silk Fibroin Optofluidic Chips
$ 130,000
$ 105,000
$ 105,000
$ 105,000
Dr P Domachuk
The University of Sydney
Unlike any other material, even any other biologically occurring material, silk is unique in being very transparent, able to be shaped on a very small scale and can keep natural chemicals like proteins and enzymes active. This project will use silk to make optical devices and sensors. Optics made from silk will have all these properties, which means that they can be used as sensors and devices in biochemistry applications that have never been possible before. These cost-effective devices will have the potential to enhance healthcare, emergency medicine and assist early medical diagnosis.

DP1093445 Prof CM de Sterke
Frozen linear and nonlinear light
$ 100,000
$ 100,000
$ 100,000
The University of Sydney
Frozen light refers to the observation that light inside particular media can be much brighter than outside it, essentially because it bounced around many times before leaving. Such light has many advantages which have applications in optical signal processing, lasers, and in other optical devices. Until now frozen light has only been studied in a small range of geometries and only at low intensities. In this fundamental research project we will investigate frozen light, its generation and its properties at low and high intensities, systematically, and we will assess how it can be harnessed for potential applications.

DP1096838 Prof BJ Eggleton; Mr R Pant
Stimulating light scattering in periodic structures: How slow can it go?
$ 130,000
$ 120,000
$ 120,000
APD Mr R Pant
The University of Sydney
Proof-of-concept experiments have already proven that it is possible to reduce and control the speed of light within the laboratory. This fundamental change in our understanding of light properties generated a frenzy of scientific interest and we now have a basic understanding of the physical processes involved in slowing light. What we do not have, however, is a method of doing so that can be harnessed into useful applications outside of the lab. Our proposed approach offers a low power solution that can be readily incorporated into a myriad of engineered devices.

Nobel Prize

9 October 2009

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three IEEE members.

The prize went to Willard S. Boyle, IEEE Fellow Charles K. Kao, and George E. Smith, who who were hailed by the Nobel jury as "the masters of light". The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Charles Kuen Kao ”for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication.” Charles Kao is well known as a pioneer in the fibre optics and photonics research field.

Further Details: Read article on The Age

Prof Ross McPhedran’s prominent work on invisibility

19 September 2009

Prof. McPhedran at IPOS, cloaking research focused on using different materials to control the direction of light passing through to render objects invisible. His work was recently published in the Pour La Science Magazine.


Further Details: Read article on Pour La

POF Conference

18 September 2009

The 18th international Plastic Optical Fiber Conference was held in Darling Harbour from September 9-11. The event was sponsored by IPOS, and organized by IPOS members Professor Leon Poladian, Dr Maryanne Large and Dr Alex Argyros. The event drew participants from 15 countries, and was enormously successful. There were papers in such diverse areas as home-networking and the Japanese GigaHouse project, to the transmission of Terahertz radiation, and radiation detection. A particularly intriguing paper even highlighted the use of silk as a bio-compatible polymer optical fibre. The conference also saw the launch, by Professor Ben Eggleton, of Kiriama Pty Ltd, the first IPOS spin-off company. Kiriama is commercialising microstructured polymer fibres, a technology developed within the University of Sydney.

IPOS sponsored the attendance of two overseas students: Lucia Bilro from Portugal and Carolina Beres from Brazil. IPOS student David Wu won the inaugural Pak Chu student prize, and Anna Wang (together with Xin Zhang) won the PolyOptics POF art prize.

Congratulations to all concerned!

pof 2009 conference

Further Details: View More Photos||Media Press Releases- Usyd and Dimoto

Future Fellow

9 September 2009
Dr Boris Kuhlmey

Dr Boris Kuhlmey, of IPOS, has been awarded the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships award.

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr announced the awards of Future Fellowships with project grants that support mid career researchers.

Dr Boris' Project- Ringed photonic crystal fibres for broadband nonlinear optics. He sets to exploit the recent developments in fibre optics to produce stable narrow-band coherent light sources that will be able to detect, quantify and identify organic molecules.

Further Details: about the Future Fellowships Scheme at the ARC website

IPOS on the Catalyst

2 September 2009

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.

Further Details: Watch the feature on Catalyst ABC Television

Optics for Dental Health

24 August 2009

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.

David Wang's ultrasonic evaluation technique uses a short laser pulse to generate ultrasonic surface acoustic waves on the surface of the tooth enamel. This ultrasound pulse propagates across the enamel and variations in the propagation velocities reveal the elasticity of the tooth, from which the early stages of decay can be diagnosed.

Further Details: Optics Express paper
OSA Press Release
University of Sydney News
Physics World
ABC Science Online
New Scientist Magazine
Bio Optics World
Nature Photonics

IPOS in Photonics Spectra

August 2009

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

Further Details: Visit Photonics Spectra online

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

17 July 2009

IPOS Researchers had significant impact at three international conferences over the last few weeks...

In Hawaii, at the OSA Slow light meeting:
Postdeadline paper (presented by Christian Grillet)
High‐Q Photonic Crystal Chalcogenide Cavities by Photosensitive Post Processing, Michael W. Lee1, Christian Grillet1, Snjezana Tomljenovic‐ Hanic1, Dave Moss1, Benjamin J. Eggleton1, Xin Gai2, Steve Madden2, Duck Y. Choi2, Douglas Bulla2, Barry Luther‐ Davies2; 1CUDOS, School of Physics, Univ. of Sydney, Australia, 2CUDOS, Laser Physics Ctr., Australian Natl. Univ., Australia. We present the first demonstration of a high‐Q (~60000) photonic crystal (PhC) cavity formed post‐fabrication by locally modifying the refractive index of a PhC made of a photosensitive chalcogenide glass.

In Hong Kong at the OECC Conference:
Three Postdeadline papers:
CW Pumped Wavelength Conversion of 40 Gb/s DPSK and 160 Gb/s OOK Signals in a Chalcogenide Glass Chip, M.D. Pelusi, F. Luan, S.J. Madden, D.-Y. Choi, D.A.P. Bulla, B. Luther-Davies, B.J. Eggleton, CUDOS, University of Sydney and Australia National University (presented by Mark Pelusi).

High-Resolution Optical Sampling by Means of Dispersion-shifted Highly Nonlinear Chalcogenide Waveguides, Jurgen Van Erps, Feng Luan, Mark D. Pelusi, Tim Iredale, Steve Madden, Duk-Yong Choi, Douglas A. Bulla, Barry Luther-Davies, Hugo Thienpont, and Benjamin J. Eggleton, CUDOS, University of Sydney and Australia National University

Wavelength and Repetition Rate Tunable Modelocked Laser at up to 640 GHz Using Reconfigurable Wavelength Selective Switch Jochen Schroeder and Benjamin J. Eggleton, CUDOS, University of Sydney (linkage project with Finisar) (presented by Jochen Schroeder)

In Singapore at the ICMAT Conference:
IPOS Honours students, Anna Wang, won the best student paper prize: "Surface Plasmon Resonance in Slotted Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres", Anna Wang, Maryanne Large, Boris Kuhlmey & Felicity Cox

IPOS researchers Alex Argyros, Ben Eggleton, Simon Fleming and Maryanne Large each presented Invited papers.

Anna Wang receiving the best student paper prize from Prof. Perry Shum

ICMAT 09 in Singapore: Anna Wang receiving the best student paper prize from Prof. Perry Shum

Temperature stabilization of optofluidic photonic crystal cavities

19 June 2009
experiment setup-Temperature Stabilization

Fluids infiltrated into the holes of a nanophotonic crystal make optical devices temperature insensitive.

Resonant optical devices constitute major building blocks for the development of a large variety of applications, ranging from high-sensitivity sensor systems for biomedical and chemical applications, to optical filters and switches, microlasers and integrated optical circuits. The performance of these devices depends strongly on their stability against changes in ambient conditions. For example, refractive index sensors based on optical resonance techniques suffer from temperature drift that introduces noise and hence degrades the sensor’s sensitivity. As another example, the thermal stability of integrated photonic devices is crucial in the development of commercially viable integrated optoelectronic circuits.

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

Further Details: Visit the APL website and download paper: Temperature stabilization of optofluidic photonic crystal cavities

Cracking the Colour Code

11 June 2009
Cracking the Colour Code

Dr Maryanne Large was presented in a documentary series Cracking the Colour Code which premiered on SBS on Wednesday June 10 2009 at 8:30pm.

Cracking the Colour Code is an exploration of how we view colour. The documentary draws from the latest scientific findings, technology and is based on three years of extensive research from leading experts which includes physicists.

Further Details: SBS

The Photonic Immunochip

5 June 2009

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.
LP0990871 Dr ML Aslund; Prof J Canning
The photonic immunochip: retrieving individual Enzyme-linked Immuno Sorbent Assay (ELISA) array-units using optical waveguide multicolour fluorescence

Project Title
2009 - 2012 : $ 260,000
APA(I) Award(s): 1
Bioprocess Pty Ltd
Collaborating/Partner Organisation(s)
The University of Sydney
Improving the sensitivity and availability of in-vitro immuno-diagnostic tests is a critical goal towards developing real time efficient tools for the detection of infectious diseases, cancers, allergies and auto-immune diseases. The goal is to increase the sensitivity of these tests by reducing background noise that has been a feature of the commonly used ELISA technology. This will be achieved by developing a novel optical integrated waveguide array supporting a large range of distributed tests, including several based on a novel multi-colour detection scheme. This massively parallel approach will underpin a new generation of low-cost, efficient diagnostic tests.

Two IPOS Students win Faculty of Science Prizes

18 May 2009
Ryuichiro winner at the Awards Ceremony

Dr Stuart Jackson, Ryuichiro, Prof. Simon Fleming

The Faculty of Science awards ceremony was held in the MacLaurin Hall. The postgraduate awards ceremony aims to recognize student’s outstanding achievements. Two IPOS students won postgraduate prizes from the Faculty of Science for outstanding academic achievement.

Bill Corcoran was awarded the Dean's Award for Citizenship, for his outstanding outreach and OSA student chapter activities.

Ryuichiro Goto was awarded the reaserch prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, in his paper- R. Goto, S. D. Jackson, S. Fleming, B. T. Kuhlmey, B. J. Eggleton, and K. Himeno, "Birefringent all-solid hybrid microstructured fiber," Opt. Express 16, 18752-18763 (2008).

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

23 April 2009

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.

Full Details:Ministers for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

IPOS Introduction Video on YouTube

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Meet members of IPOS and learn about our activities by watching the new IPOS video. The IPOS video can also be viewed in the YouTube website and Videos webpage within our website.

Green Light from Silicon

23 March 2009

Green Light

Researchers at CUDOS produce green light from silicon - a material opaque to visible light. This is achieved in a photonics crystal waveguide, designed to provide slow-light enhanced nonlinear effects, through third harmonic generation. The new research has recently been published in Nature Photonics.

Full Details:Nature Photonics

Terabit Per Second Communications: ONE STEP CLOSER

17 February 2009

IPOS publication in Nature Photonics. The CUDOS group demonstrates a breakthrough new concept - a photonic chip based RF spectrum analyser with terahertz bandwidth. The device uses chalcogenide waveguide all-optical signal processing to provide an on-chip solution to monitoring signal quality at ultrahigh bit rates.

RF Spectrum

Full Details:Photonic-chip-based radio-frequency spectrum analyser with terahertz bandwidth

The Universe in Focus

09 January 2009

Mark and Joss

Successful recent trials, at the AAT in Sidings Springs, 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. The work has been developed by a team of astronomers from AAO, ROC and IPOS. This new development has caught the attention of the press and Senator Kim Carr.

Full Details:Download the article- Aussie team puts the universe in focus