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.

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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, food and agriculture and energy.

Our Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research in the general area of lasers and photonics, with particular focus on the following seven frontiers of optical science:

  • Photonic sources / Laser applications
  • Natural & engineered optical materials
  • Photonics for life and health sciences
  • Photonics for the environment
  • Astrophotonics
  • Quantum photonics - fundamental and applied

Our strategic objectives include:

  • fostering higher-degree research (HDR) student activities, with enhanced enrolment, participation and completion rates
  • enhancing opportunities for our researchers to interact with external partners such as other universities, commercial organisations, and government agencies
  • facilitating access to major sources of competitive research funding (including external project grants, research fellowships, equipment and facility grants, large-scale research centres, linkages, and commercial support/partnerships for development of intellectual property)
  • encouraging teaching excellence, not only in optics, lasers and photonics but also in physics, electronic engineering, optoelectronics, astronomy, biophysics, and beyond
  • serving as community resource, offering expert advice and outreaching support.

MQ Photonics is a Macquarie University Research Centre with 30 academic staff and approximately similar numbers of postdocs and 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 candidates, together with scholarships for suitably qualified applicants.

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