The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems is now seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for MSc (coursework) and PhD positions. By harnessing the disruptive concept of meta-optics TMOS will develop the next generation of ultra-compact optical systems with fundamentally new and exciting capabilities.
If you are interested in joining the Melbourne node in 2022 as either a PhD or MSc student contact Professor Ken Crozier or Professor Ann Roberts. Note that PhD applications must be received by 30 September for international students or 31 October for Australian domestic students to ensure consideration for a scholarship including fee remission and an attractive stipend.
Potential project details here. More information about TMOS here.
Congratulations to Dr Shahidan whose PhD was awarded on 31 August! From his citation his contributions to the field involved the investigation of novel approaches to generating nanostructured surface colouration. He showed that nanoimprint lithography can produce complex three-dimensional nanostructures over large areas and at scale critical to adoption of structural colour technologies. His work underpins new approaches for producing environmentally conscious colour films for consumer goods and next-generation security features.
Nima Azar, Sivacarendran Balendhran and Ken Crozier are co-authors on a Nature paper with colleagues from the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. They made use of the extraordinary sensitivity of the bandgap of black phosphorous (bP) to strain to show the continuous and reversible tuning of the operating wavelengths in bP light-emitting diodes and photodetectors.
Lukas Wesemann, Tim Davis and Ann Roberts have a new review article looking at the use of thin films and metasurfaces for all-optical image processing that appeared today in Applied Physics Reviews. Link here.
Neuton’s paper on algorithm-designed plasmonic apertures for optical nanotweezers has been published in Advanced Optical Materials. The apertures were fabricated using a helium ion microscope and were characterised by cathodoluminescence and optical trapping experiments. It was shown that at every laser intensity, an algorithm-designed structure can outperform a conventional plasmonic aperture.
Congratulations to Lukas Wesemann who was awarded his PhD on 5 March. His citation states that he investigated all-optical image processing with nanostructures. He demonstrated both thin-film and patterned surfaces that can detect the edges of features in an image or permit visualisation of transparent objects. His study will enable the development of ultracompact and energy-efficient optical systems for applications, including in biotechnology and remote sensing. Dr Wesemann is continuing research into meta-optical devices and systems.
Ken Crozier and Ann Roberts have two research fellow positions available for suitably qualified applicants. The positions will be part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems and the roles will involve working on the experimental realisation of new nano-optical devices and their incorporation into optical systems. Applications close on 16 March. More information including position descriptions and a link to the application form here.
Congratulations to MSc student Shaban who was recently awarded a Lift Off Scholarship by the Greater Shepparton Foundation. Shaban was interviewed by WIN News on Tuesday 23 February. Link to news item on Facebook here.