ARC Linkage Project award

Professors Ann Roberts and Paul Mulvaney (Bio21 and Chemistry) have been awarded an Australian Linkage Project grant with collaborators from the Reserve Bank of Australia to develop anti-counterfeiting features for future Australian banknotes.

ARC Discovery Project success

Rob Scholten and Keith Nugent (Latrobe University) have received $765,500 in funding in a ARC Discovery Project grant ‘Atomic scale imaging with high coherence ions and electrons’ commencing in 2017. This project aims to combine a cold atom electron-ion source with a commercial microscope column for atomic-scale imaging in biosciences and materials science. Nanoscale imaging with electron and ion microscopy are tools for investigating the world at the atomic scale, underpinning development in modern technologies from semiconductor devices to medical treatments. This project will use ideas from laser cooling of atoms and atom optics to achieve new imaging modalities for time-lapse imaging of fundamental processes at the nano-scale. It will allow increasingly small scale resolution of fundamental processes at the nano-scale.

New paper in ACS Photonics

Work led by Eugene Panchenko and Jasper Cadusch describing a novel polarisation-sensitive, nanoantennpanchenko_msm_pol_photodetectroa-enabled Metal-Semiconductor-Metal photodetector was published in ACS Photonics on 9 September 2016. This device demonstrates the capacity for plasmonics to contribute to new, ultracompact optical communication, sensing and imaging systems. A link to the article is here.

Astrolight 2016

Image: Scienceworks

Members of the Optics Group and other members of the University’s OSA and SPIE Student Chapters attracted enormous attention with their display at Astrolight 2016 at Scienceworks on 10 September. PhD student Rory Speirs and new MSc student Gijs van Pamelen set up the hugely popular laser maze. Lili Sun from the Astrophysics group presented exciting graphics describing gravitational waves and Rory also set up a Michelson interferometer to show how they are detected. Other participants were Daniel Kelly, Tom Fabig and Mohammed Jameel from the School of Chemistry, Chris Billington and Ana Fabela Hinojosa from Monash University and Sara Amos from Williamstown High School. Thanks also to Ben Sparkes for assisting with preparing the demonstrations. More information and photos on the Scienceworks Facebook Page.

ARC Linkage success

In May 2016, Ken Crozier was awarded a grant by the Australian Research Council (ARC), as part of their Linkage Program.  The project is entitled “Colour matching on a chip” and is a collaborative project with Palette.  Chief Investigators are Ken and Jiatian Liang from Palette

Ken Crozier awarded DARPA grant

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  (DARPA, USA) has awarded a grant on “Long wave infrared photodetectors based on nano-optics and two dimensional materials” to Ken Crozier with Professor Ali Javey (University of Caifornia-Berkeley) as co-PI.

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