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).
- EOI for ARC DECRA applications at UTS are now open. Outstanding candidates please contact Prof. Canning.
- Call for outstanding students to undertake PhDs at iPL for 2018.
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. Spanning materials, devices and applications iPL has recently been focusing on all aspects of novel sensing, from exploiting surface waves and quantised phenomena, through optical fibre based sensing to utilising smart devices and smartphones and new diagnostics including internet enabled.
Potential students and fellows are encouraged to apply for competitive funding to help weed out the most outstanding talent. With ties to several Universities, a range of options are possible – please visit UTS and other institution sites. For example, UNSW currently offers terrific Scientia PhD scholarships and IPL encourages applications through joint projects with our colleagues there. International talent from reputable organisations is welcome – several Masters interns a year are funded by their home institutions to spend a few months at iPL. Alternatively, most nations have funding opportunities with Australian groups and we encourage applications towards competitive schemes such as the Australia Awards, ARC international fellowships and more.
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, conventional and structured, 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.