The interdisciplinary photonics laboratories are a key focal point for cross disciplinary activity between scientists and researchers of all persuasions utilising photonics in new ways for new applications. From ultra high temperature waveguide gratings to self-assembled photonics in organic, oxide and other media, understanding materials 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.
A joint network of collaborating institutions, with support from Australian Research Council funding, 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. Prof. Canning has been appointed Conjoint professor in recognition of his contributions to this facility and to strengthen ties between the University of Sydney and UNSW. 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.