Dr Simon Gross - 2015 Highly Commended for Early Career Researcher of the Year - Engineering, Medicine and Science
Dr Simon Gross - 2015 Highly Commended for Early Career Researcher of the Year - Engineering, Medicine and Science

3D integrated ultrafast laser inscribed photonics

Dr Simon Gross has developed a world-class ultrafast laser inscription facility for enabling research breakthroughs. Ultrafast laser inscription is the only fabrication process that natively supports integrated 3-dimensional optical circuits.

Similar to the fabrication of computer chips, the commonly employed fabrication techniques for integrated photonics are limited to 2-dimensional planar structures. This dimensional limitation impedes innovation and Dr Gross’s work has created a new horizon of research within integrated photonics. Dr Gross’s industrial system engineering experience has been a major asset to the development of this state-of-the-art fabrication facility.

Dr Gross was part of the team that was the first to place an ultrafast laser inscribed waveguide chip onto a major scientific telescope, the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Springs in Australia. The demonstrated performance met the stringent requirements for astronomical instrumentation and has enabled tests to be performed on an astronomical telescope in Hawaii, the 8m Subaru telescope, where sky time costs $100k a night.