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New Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL) opens in 2015


8 January 2015


Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL)
Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL)

SAIL will be the new astrophotonics and astronomical instrumentation laboratories under the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) and the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the School of Physics.

"SAIL is an unique opportunity to create a School of Physics based facility to enable development and translation of outstanding research in astrophotonics and astronomical instrumentation to real world outcomes for society and fellow researchers," said Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Laureate Fellow and SIfA Director.

SAIL will be formed by new refurbished laboratories at the School of Physics and an investment of almost 2 million dollars in new equipment and facilities. These laboratories will turn photonics innovations and research into state of the art instrumentation and next-generation devices.

SAIL will be a core research and resource within the School of Physics used by students and researchers to develop photonics instrumentation prototypes based on their research. This flexibility will enable cross-disciplinary academic teams to be co-located enabling a more dynamic research environment. This new laboratory will facilitate common open area of research and training not only for the Faculty of Science but also for other University of Sydney Engineering research centers.

A cross-disciplinary laboratory such as SAIL will provide an invaluable training resource for School of Physics and the University as a whole - Dr Sergio Leon-Saval, SAIL Director.

"This is a very exciting opportunity indeed. As the foundation of our new astronomical photonics instrumentation capabilities, SAIL will attract a higher calibre of students by offering exposure to applied research and training," said Dr Leon-Saval

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