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Research at CUDOS @ MQ

CUDOS @ MQ runs a major research program in fundamental and applied photonics developing next-generation devices for use in a variety of applications. Our current research themes are listed below.

Waveguide Laser Development

Inscribing multi-wavelength & narrow linewidth waveguide lasers in rare-earth doped glasses using femtosecond laser pulses for application in gas sensing, spectroscopy, optical communication, Terahertz generation & molecular fingerprinting.


Removing 'light pollution' from astronomical observations with laser written chips by integrating photonic lanterns, pupil remappers and waveguide Bragg-gratings.

Quantum Integrated Photonics

Using photonics to explore the exciting applications of quantum science.
Creating chip-scale devices to generate useful polarisation-entangled photon pairs & single photon sources.


Optical condensed matter science devoted to optical phenomena on the nanoscale in nanostructured metal systems. Applications may include sensing, biomedical diagnostics, nanoantennas for light-emitting diodes, etc.

Optical Nerve Stimulation

Targeted nerve stimulation via infrared laser light is an ongoing research stream within CUDOS @ MQ. Possible application includes fabricating medical prosthetics with enhanced functionality.

Magneto Optics

Fabricating laser written waveguides in nonlinear soft glass which act as optical isolators based on the Faraday effect.

Laser-Material Interactions

Understanding material modification by high intensity laser pulse using Raman spectroscopy. Also investigating optical characteristics and applications of plasmonic based structures.

Fibre Devices

Utilising femtosecond laser beams to induce refractive index modulations in the core of optical fibres to create various types of Bragg-gratings used in sensors & fibre lasers.

General Passive Devices

Taking advantage of the 3D capabilities of the direct-write platform to fabricate a multitude of application based devices. These include directional couplers & birefringent waveguides.


Recent PhD student Tom Meany spotlights in the Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards.

Dr Alex Arriola joins CUDOS @ MQ as a new Astrophotonics post-doc. He comes to us from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland.


Recent PhD student Tom Meany starts a prestigious post-doctoral position at the Toshiba's Cambridge Research Labs.

PhD student Zach Chaboyer awarded a position at the Marie Curie Scientific School on quantum technologies in Italy.

Integrated, hybrid photonic chip generating single photons brings quantum communications closer. Read more:
W: Laser Focus World
W: The Register
W: Optics & Photonics News
W: MQ Uni Newsroom
W: I-Micronews
W: AOS News (pg 14)

Prof Michael Withford becomes an associate editor for Optics Express

Research Breakthroughs

Lasers Single photons from a hybrid photonic circuit (Laser & Photonics Reviews)
W: Details Here
W: Back Cover Shot

Commentary in Nature Photonics

Lasers Mike Steel wrote a commentary on recent work at Caltech that showed non-classical plasmon statistics. W: Read More


Dr Martin Ams has been invited to speak at the forthcoming 2014 OSA Conference on "Optics and Photonics for Energy and the Environment"

Gross et al., San Diego 2013
'Ultrafast laser inscribed 3D integrated photonics'
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Lasers Meany et al., Appl. Phys. A 2013
'Towards low-loss lightwave circuits for non-classical optics at 800 and 1550 nm'
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Successful ARC Discovery Project in collaboration with UoSyd & ANU on Mid IR Astrophotonics, 2013
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Dr Simon Gross & Dr Luke Helt were successful applicants in the Macquarie University Research Fellowships (MQRF) 2013 Scheme


Thomas Meany - 3 min thesis
W: Details Here

Journal Covershots

Lasers Gross et al. - IJAGS
Meany et al. - LPR
Meany et al. - LFW
Ams et al. - LPR

Top Journal Downloads

May 2013, Gross et al.- Optical Materials Express