Groups & Research Areas

IPOS research programs span activities in the Schools of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, and include the following groups and laboratories:


Director, Ben Eggleton; Key staff: Professor Ben Eggleton, Professor Martijn de Sterke, Dr Eric Magi (Physics)

The Centre is located in the School of Physics. Research ranges from the most fundamental studies of the interaction between a high intensity ultrashort pulse with a nonlinear optical material, for example slow light generation, through to systems-level characterisation of the performance of nonlinear optical signal processors developed by the Centre.

Dr Boris Kuhlmey, Prof. Simon Fleming, Dr Alexander Argyros, Dr Richard Lwin, Dr Saghik Atakaramians

This research looks at using fibre drawing techniques for the fabrication of metal-dielectric composites for metamaterials. Although this only allows longitudinally invariant structures to be made, it does allow for a wide range of material properties to be achieved through the creation (and possible combinations) of basic metamaterials such as wire arrays and split-ring resonators. It also provides a scalable fabrication technique for the production of metamaterials. For more information visit our group page.

Prof Robert Minasian, A/Prof Javid Atai, Dr Xiaoke Yi, Dr Erwin Chan (Electrical Engineering)

The FPL in the School of Electrical Engineering specialises in research into advanced optical techniques for information systems. This involves fundamental research into photonics, and projects with industry. The research focuses on photonic signal processing, optical fibre lasers, microwave photonics, nonlinear fibre optics, and dense wavelength division multiplexed communications.

Prof Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Dr Peter Tuthill (Physics), Dr Sergio Leon-Saval and Dr Seong-Sik Min

Instrument science is crucial to advances in astronomy. IPOS Astrophotonics researchers have developed novel optical instrumentation for high angular resolution imaging, and photonic instrumentation for removal of emission from hydroxyl lines. These novel concepts are now being developed for the new generation of extremely large telescopes.

Prof John Canning (Chemistry)

IPL conducts research across photonics science from materials to devices. Research areas include photonic crystal fibres and structured fibres; fibre lasers; photonic devices; new material systems for photonics including self assembled photonics, bio-photonic immunologic sensors, SOI devices and microfluidics.

Dr Stephen Bartlett (Physics)

What are the physical limits on transmitting, storing, and processing quantum information? This is the topic of the exciting new interdisciplinary field of quantum information theory. Our aim is to develop the fundamental science behind a new generation of quantum technologies for computation and secure communication.

Prof Ben Eggleton, Dr Alvaro Casas Bedoya

This research focuses on the marriage of Optofluidics and photonics to develop novel optofluidic functionalities in micron-scale devices.

Prof Simon Fleming (Physics), Dr Honglin An

This research program includes poling, fibre lasers and amplifiers and their applications. Poling focuses on modifying the properties of silicate glasses, particularly through the application of intense electric fields, to induce strong non-linear behaviour. The fibre laser and amplifier research explores new designs and configurations of fibre lasers and amplifiers. The research also applies these new technologies for future optical devices in a wide range of applications including biomedical, sensing, switching, visible sources and information processing.

The ready availability of custom-made specialty fibres has enabled many projects on special components.

A major project developed by the University of Sydney has been an optical fibre current sensor.

Optical fibre technology is playing an increasingly important role in modern medicine. For further information on the role optical fibre technology has played on medical photonics, please see medical photonics.

Professor Ross McPhedran (Physics)

This program studies the theoretical properties of surface plasmons in order to design highly miniaturized structures which can manipulate light for applications in optical sensors and related devices.

Dr Alex Argyros, Dr Boris Kuhlmey, Dr Sergio Leon-Saval, Dr Leon Poladian (Mathematics), Dr Richard Lwin

This research program spans the development of novel microstructured fibres drawn from polymer, novel experiments with liquid-filled microstructured fibres and novel sensing technologies.

A major project in this area is our pioneering work on microstructured polymer optical fibers.

Dr Darren Hudson (Physics)

Fibre lasers, pumped by diode lasers, are an efficient and flexible source of radiation. We study the development of rare earth-doped and Raman fibre lasers that operate in the range 1-3 um with high power and high efficiency for defence, medical and other applications.

A major project in the fibre lasers area is our world leading work on poling fibre devices.

Prof Ben Eggleton, Prof Martijn de Sterke (Physics)

An optical supercontinuum is broadband coherent light generated when a short laser pulse causes a nonlinear effect in a material. It is unique in possessing both the spectral width of a conventional white light source and the coherence properties of a laser. A striking nonlinear process, it has many applications, the foremost being a new time standard which merited part of the 2005 Nobel Prize.