Faculty of Science and Engineering: Physics and Astronomy - All-fibre mid-infrared (IR) supercontinuum source

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Physics and Astronomy - All-fibre mid-infrared (IR) supercontinuum source


Physics and Astronomy

Project Name

All-fibre mid-infrared (IR) supercontinuum source

Project Description

The aim of this project is to realise chalcogenide and fluoride glass based optical fiber laser systems to demonstrate ultra-broad band and stable supercontinuum (SC) generation in the mid-IR spectral region (2 ~ 10 μm). It will enable breakthroughs in several fields of research including molecular spectroscopy, sensing and non-invasive medical diagnostics.

Our target is to construct all-fibre mid-IR SC sources, which are robust and field-transportable, can handle very high power, are functional at room temperature, and suitable for medical applications.

The project work can be divided into three stages. In the first stage, a high peak power mode-locked fiber laser emitting at mid-IR wavelength around 3 μm will be designed and constructed. Next, chalcogenide and fluoride glass-based MOF structures with proper dispersion and nonlinear properties will be designed for SC generation with massive bandwidth. In the third stage, employing that mid-IR source as a pump, we will demonstrate and characterize the generated SC and test for its coherence.

During all stages, we will closely collaborate with leading research groups in Europe, Asia and North America.

A/Prof. Alex Fuerbach
+61 2 9850 6145

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway (RTP) MRes Year 2 followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’. MRES Year 2, Semester 2 commencement is subject to further approval;
  • OR
  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26 288 per annum (2016 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,288 per annum (in 2016 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • For international candidates, the scholarship includes Macquarie University tuition fees for up to three years/four years

Applicants will need to Apply for a research degree and scholarship at Macquarie University and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.

The form can be downloaded from the Forms page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines.

Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application form. .

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