NEWS 2013

IPOS members part of the Australian Academy of Science delegation in China

IPOS researchers Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn and Dr Sergio Leon-Saval were part of the Australian delegation representing the Australian Academy of Science in the 10th China-Australia Symposium on Science & Technology focused on Astronomy and Astrophysics. The symposium was held in Nanjing, 10-12 November 2013 and hosted by the Nanjing Purple Mountain Observatory.

The Australian delegation was led by Prof. Suzanne Cory, President of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and Dr Alan Finkel, President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). The Chinese delegation was led by Prof. Jinghai Li, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Other University of Sydney members part of the Australian delegation were Prof. Bryan Gaensler and Dr Julia Bryant from the ARC Centre of Excellent for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).

IPOS members part of the Australian Academy of Science delegation in China

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.

This is the first of a series of new projects that will unite the resources of the University of Maryland, the Goddard Space Flight Centre and IPOS at the University of Sydney.

In addition to the Astrophotonics group, the interdisciplinary team includes seven renowned experts in science and engineering includes: Dr Sylvain Veilleux, Project Leader; Dr Mario Dagenais, Project Co-leader; Dr Stuart Vogel; Dr Andy Harris; Dr Neil Gehrels; and Dr John Mather, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics. The team has worked together for 20 years and has received worldwide acclaim for achievements in astronomical instrumentation and astrophotonics.

Future projects will include new technologies for Earth and space-based observatories, remote sensing balloons, drones and planetary rovers.

Further details can be found here: UMD team to design and build revolutionary Keck Photonic Spectrometer

Astrophotonics Group Members

Key members of the Astrophotonics group involved in the development of the Keck photonic spectrometer. From left to right: Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Emma Lindley, Chris Betters, Sergio Leon-Saval, Seong-Sik Min.

IPOS researchers Dr Sergio Leon-Saval and Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn amongst the 15 partners of the recently funded Space SyReNS

The Sydney Research Networks Scheme (SyReNS) provides funding and other support for themed research groups or networks spanning multiple Faculties over a two year period. The scheme capitalizes on Sydney's unique disciplinary profile to evolve large and productive collaborations, enabling high quality multidisciplinary research on significant and complex problems.

Space SyReNS is an initiative lead by Prof. Iver Cairns at the School of Physics that aims to link and extend the University's multi-disciplinary, School and Faculty capabilities into the nation's premier university space research program. Space SyReNS will stimulate and strengthen research, positioning the University of Sydney to lead a future national research network focused on Space and related scientific, engineering, agricultural, environmental, food security and economic issues.

Space SyReNS will initially link three Faculties (Agriculture and Environment, Engineering, and Science), five Departments (Aerospace, Mechanical, and Mechatronic Engineering [AMME], Agriculture, Geosciences, Maths/Stats, Physics), and multiple Centers and Institutes (Australian Center for Field Robotics [AFCR], Center for Integrated Sustainability Analysis [CISA], Charles Perkins Center [CPC], Sydney Institute for Marine Science [SIMS] and Institute of Photonics and Optical Science [IPOS]), but will also build new links with other Faculties and Schools.

Space SyReNS members; I. Cairns, R. Muller, J. Bland-Hawthorn, J. Crawford, M. Lenzen, I. Odeh, D. Ivers, X. Wu, S. Sukkarieh, J. Khachan, P. Rey, A. Vila Concejo, E. Bruce, R. Murphy and S.G. Leon-Saval

View the story in Sydney University News: Latest recipients of the University's Sydney Research Networks Scheme announced

CUDOS mourns the loss of Dr Peter Domachuk:

Dr Peter Domachuk

Dr Peter Domachuck

Dr Peter Domachuk passed in the first days of January 2013 after a sudden illness. Peter did his undergraduate and postgraduate degree in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. His PhD was on the topic of optofluidics and he was supervised by Prof Ben Eggleton. He was one of the first PhD student graduates of the CUDOS program and in 2006 went on to a postdoctoral position at Tufts University with Prof Fio Omenetto on the topic of silk photonics. In 2009 he returned to the School of Physics as a Research Fellow and was awarded a prestigious ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the CUDOS/IPOS group at the University of Sydney. Peter published many high profile papers on the topic of optofluidics and biophotonics and was active in the community. At the University of Sydney he initiated a new program in biophotonics (silk photonics and optofluidics) and had established new laboratories, supervised students and was building linkages and commercialisation opportunities. He was the coordinator for the Sydney University Masters in Photonics program and Chair of the IPOS 2010 Symposium on bio-photonics that was attended by over 180 people, including many high profile international people. 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.