Macquarie University Photonics Research Centre

Macquarie University Photonics Research Centre

Macquarie University Photonics Research Centre

Excellence in photonics, optics and laser research for a brighter world.

MQ Photonics seeks to be a leading research centre in photonics with the aim to make long-lasting and positive impacts on the lives of Australians and beyond.

Building on our established record of research excellence in lasers and photonics, MQ Photonics Research Centre aims to address key challenges in manufacturing, biomedicine, defence, agriculture and the environment, and energy.

Our Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research in the general area of lasers and photonics.

Our strategic objectives include:

  • fostering higher-degree research (HDR) student activities, with enhanced enrolment, participation and completion rates
  • enabling interactions with external partners such as other universities, commercial and government organisations
  • facilitating access to research funding (including external competitive project grants, fellowships, equipment grants, research centres, linkages, and commercial partnerships)
  • encouraging teaching excellence, in optics, lasers and photonics, and more generally in physics, engineering, astronomy, materials science and biophysics
  • serving as a community resource, offering expert advice and photonics outreach.

MQ Photonics is a Macquarie University Research Centre with 30 academic staff and postdocs and 25 research students (mostly PhD). The Centre has a substantial history of optics research in Australia. It emerged from the Centre for Lasers and Applications (CLA ; established in 1988) and, though based in Physics, enjoys a membership spanning several departments and research groups across the university.

We offer a large selection of challenging postgraduate research projects for PhD and Masters of Research candidates, together with scholarships for suitably qualified applicants.

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