Tag Archives: Photonics Research Centre

Highly Functional and Robust, Monolithic Fibre Laser Systems

The type of laser being developed is called a fibre laser and consists of a laser operating within an optical fibre, the innovation approach used was when these lasers were combined with internal mirrors, known as fibre Bragg gratings.

Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership (Highly Commended 2014)

Professor Michael Withford’s current research explores femtosecond laser modification of transparent materials, and the development of novel 2D and 3D lightwave devices. Outcomes include fibre Bragg gratings, monolithic waveguide lasers, high power fibre lasers, quantum photonics and interferometric chips for astronomy.

Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Science & Engineering (2014 Award Winner)

Thomas Meaney’s work presents laser written waveguide circuits to manipulate single photons, demonstrating superb quantum interference in 3D structures, and for the first time combining multiple integrated photon sources – moving towards on-demand photon generation.

Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Science & Engineering (Highly Commended 2014)

A systematic way of characterizing the symmetries of light beams has been developed. This project has shown that symmetric light beams can be used to control light-matter interactions at the nano-scale. Particular applications have been developed, both theoretically and experimentally.

Science - Cerium Lasers

Cerium lasers

Cerium lasers are unique in that they can produce light that can be tuned across a broad range of wavelengths particularly spanning the UVB part of the ultraviolet spectrum.

High-speed OSAM scanning microscopy for early diagnosis

Yiqing’s PhD research has broken through the current bio-sensing constraints through his invention of a time-resolved approach called “OSAM”, an Orthogonal Scanning Automated Microscopy suitable for rapid detection of single cells.

Science - Diamond Optics (1)

Diamond optics and lasers

Diamond’s extraordinary properties are already providing us with massive leaps in optical device performance. In partnership with commercial and government organisations, we are working to exploit these advantages to solve real world challenges.

Science - Laser Cured Protein Solder

Laser-cured solder for micro-surgical tissue repair

A collaboration between staff and students of MQ University and Prof Earl Owen of the Microsearch Foundation developed solid protein “solders” for joining severed tissues in microsurgery. Laser light is delivered by optical fibre to cure the protein solder and cause it to adhere to the two tissues to be joined.