Physics and astronomy

Physics and astronomy

PhysicsMacquarie’s physics and astronomy research is internationally recognised. 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.

Our scientists enjoy outstanding international collaborative links, and publish their research in high-impact journals.

Macquarie physicists have also partnered in successful commercial ventures leading to spin-off companies such as semiconductor producer BluGlass Ltd, and Laser Micromachining Solutions, which provides micro-fabrication services to companies and universities across Australia.

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Our research strengths

Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of:

  • astronomy, astrophysics and astrophotonics
  • biophotonics
  • lasers and light sources, photonic structures and devices
  • molecular physics
  • nanotechnology
  • quantum information science and technology, and
  • semiconductors and materials

Our facilities

Our facilities include:

  • access to onshore and offshore 2 – 8 metre telescopes
  • laser micromachining, nano-characterisation and diamond growth facility
  • more than 30 well-equipped laboratories and clean rooms
  • optical and photonic micro-characterisation and microscopy facilities, and
  • thin film deposition and crystal growth systems

Our research hubs

Macquarie’s physics and astronomy research activities support four research hubs:

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