2015 Message from the Director HERE

The interdisciplinary photonics laboratories are a key focal point for cross disciplinary activity between scientists 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.

Next to our logo find an excellent video from the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) on the ubiquity of photonics prepared before the International Year of Light in 2015 (A bit tacky having these so-called international years of something or other but hey it hopefully educates a broader audience to optics and phonics and the importance of materials).

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.
iPL, through the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, offers the highest quality PhD research degrees in photonics and related activities. Further, the cross disciplinary activities means students from Physics and Electrical Engineering and other departments work at iPL and can be co-hosted jointly. For more information contact the iPL director. For general student information, both local and international, please see the links on the right to the relevant University sites.

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. 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.


- 3D printing enables multi-functional all-contained lab-in-a-phone instrumentation. Investment opportunities open.
- Density changes during regeneration measured for the first time.
- Low temperature annealing of composite glass and presence of relaxation observed.
- National Fibre Facility produces leading Al codoped  bismuth germanosilicate fibres.
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Nanoparticle breakthrough solves the great thermal energy barrier problem preventing the integration of many materials into silica... More


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