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PRESS RELEASE: A global hot spot for developing and maturing photonic manufacturing and integrated photonic chips has been announced in the US. Whereas photonics research has suffered enormously under shorter term fad-driven funding programs around the world this marks possibly one of the few serious attempts to bring photonics to the status of electronics. As a leading intellectual player in Australian and global photonics and nanoscience research, iPL encourages Australian politicians to follow suit and provide critical level and diverse funding to take Australian innovation to the fore of international development and commercialization.

3D printing the world's first step index preform for optical fibre drawing.(Video: Arafat Hossain, Matthew Saide Rahme; Original Music Johnny "Photonic Guitar Man" Russell. All rights reserved).

International research at iPL spans most continents and projects have involved groups from the United States, China, Canada, Brazil, Europe, India, UK and more.  Activities span optical fibre and grating research, self assembled photonics and materials. iPL also provides consultation services, advice and some infrastructure resources, as well as independent advice on government policies, intellectual property and legislation.

The interdisciplinary photonics laboratories are a key focal point for cross disciplinary activity between scientists, intellectuals and researchers of all persuasions utilising photonics and nanotechnology in new ways for new applications. From ultra high temperature waveguide gratings to self-assembled photonics in organic, oxide and other media, understanding materials, their transformations and interactions in the bulk, the nano domain and at interfaces at a fundamental level and their utilisation in new and novel ways is of particular importance. Through national and international collaborations many of the technologies are being evaluated in advanced applications including train and furnace diagnostics, single photon sources and more. iPL welcomes further collaborations and undertakings to enhance scientific research in Australia and across the world.

iPL, through the University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney, offers the highest quality PhD research degrees in photonics and related activities. Further, the cross disciplinary activities means students from Chemistry, Physics and Electrical Engineering and other departments work at iPL and can be co-hosted jointly. Our links alos alow for student involvement from UNSW. For more information contact the iPL director. For general student information, both local and international, please see the relevant on-line information links at your University.
MCVD fabrication in action.

A joint network of collaborating institutions, with support from Australian Research Council funding, has led to the commissioning of a custom-designed National Fibre Facility for the advanced fabrication of silica optical fibres at the University of New South Wales More. Recent innovations include ultra broadband luminescent Bi/Er co-doped optical fibres and other Er fibres used in record breaking demonstrations of few mode communications.

Student wins Hitachi Social Innovation Award for innovative project work in agriculture.More
Nobel prize in area of  molecular mechanics - photonic movement of  charge  is the missing ingredient needed to make nanobots
Smart sensing instrumentation in SPIE News 2016 More
Nature Photonics reports on the smartphone laser beam profiler...
Nanoparticle breakthrough solves the great thermal energy barrier problem preventing the integration of many materials into silica...


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