We run an active and rigorous research program, with national and globally significant impact.
Publications and citations are generated at a consistently high level every year and Macquarie’s Physics and Astronomy researchers are regularly featured in leading international research journals. The Department is the leading research fund generator in the Faculty, with over $6 million received in 2014. 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 subdisciplines of astronomical and space sciences, and quantum physics.
Some of our recent research discoveries include the identification of electromagnetic duality as a critical symmetry for understanding nano-optics, the development of compact Terahertz radiation sources based on stimulated polariton scattering, and the invention of the diamond Raman laser. Most research activity within the Department is channelled through four University Research Centres:
National Research Centres
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS)
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP)
- Centre for Ultra-high Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (ARC Centre of Excellence) (CUDOS)
University Research Centres
Exploring stars, galaxies and the cosmos, in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Concentration of Research Excellence
Research at the interface of the life sciences, medicine, quantitative sciences and engineering.
Exploring the science of light and photons, within the Macquarie University Research Centre MQ Photonics.
Exploring the weird world of the quantum, incorporating QSciTech and EQuS.