Higher Degree Research

Higher Degree Research

Macquarie’s physics and astronomy research is world leading. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our physical sciences research received a rating of 5 out of 5 – ‘outstanding performance well above world standard’, as did our research in the sub-disciplines of astronomical and space sciences, and quantum physics.

As an HDR candidate you will work alongside outstanding researchers on fundamental and applied physics in optics, photonics and lasers; astronomy and astrophysics; or quantum information science.

A range of cutting-edge projects are available, involving work in areas such as:

  • building powerful new lasers with pure diamond crystals
  • constructing 3D quantum logic circuits using high-intensity femtosecond lasers
  • designing new sensors based on levitated quantum mechanical systems
  • finding cell populations with enhanced therapeutic value using advanced imaging
  • harnessing the angular momentum of light at the quantum level
  • studying collisions between planets and dying stars
  • using nanoparticles to identify diseases
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