The research programs and teaching in IPOS are underpinned by world-class facilities. Some of these are solely “in-house”, whilst the OptoFab Facilities are available to external users through the NCRIS program coordinated by ANFF.

Major facilities include:

  • A state-of-the-art fibre polymer fibre draw tower purpose built for fabrication of novel microstructured Polymer Optical Fibre.
  • Precision fibre tapering facilities to create a range of structures, including nanowires, in many different fibre materials.
  • World-best fibre characterisation equipment based on EXFO NR8200HR (which also enables us to provide specialty silica fibres from our inventory).
  • CUDOS 160 Gb/s BERT facility enables the transmission, detection and quality evaluation of optical signals at 160 Gb/s.
  • CUDOS Ultrafast Photonics Lab including a 100 fs pulse tunable Ti:Saphhire laser.
  • CUDOS and iPL fibre Bragg grating writing facilities.

In addition to these pieces of major equipment, IPOS has modern laboratories, including clean-rooms, with extensive state of the art equipment for a wide range of optics and photonics experimental research.