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.

Below our logo find an excellent video from the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) on the ubiquity of photonics.

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, 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.


The American Chemical Society (ACS) follows iPL's vision in recognising photonics as the fastest growing central science and indeed chemistry and materials as the engine of photonics by establishing a new, dedicated photonics journal: ACS Photonics.
Nanoparticle breakthrough solves the great thermal energy barrier problem preventing the integration of many materials into silica... More
Call for papers: Special Issue on Nanotechnology and Smart Sensors More


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