Significant research findings

Swinburne's research findings have a far-reaching impact on science, industry and the broader community. The university's researchers have made discoveries that have dramatically changed the face of fields ranging from medicine to social services, astronomy and aeronautical safety. Read about some of Swinburne's most significant research findings below.

Petabyte storage on a single disc

The Centre for Micro-Photonics developed new technology that allows for up to one petabyte of data – the equivalent of 10.6 years worth of compressed high-definition video – to be stored on a single disc.

Discovery of the diamond planet

Swinburne researchers led by Professor Matthew Bailes have discovered a radio pulsar, PSR J1719-1438, the 'diamond planet'. So called because of its density's likeness to diamond, it is thought the diamond planet is all that remains of a once massive star.

Youth homelessness and the Geelong Project

Swinburne has teamed up with Geelong-area organisations Time for Youth and Barwon Youth to pioneer an innovative youth homelessness research and development project. The project aims to test an early intervention model targeting at-risk youth.

Time-saving developments in manufacturing

Swinburne PhD graduate Dr Khalid Imran and his supervisor Professor Syed Masood developed metal component manufacturing methods that significantly reduce waste and cut conventional die-casting cooling times by one-third. This breakthrough has the potential to make Australia's manufacturing sector more competitive.

Thin film solar technology efficiency

Researchers in the Swinburne Solar Facility (formerly VSASF) have developed a new generation of thin-film solar cells that are 20 per cent more effective than current thin-film solar cell technology.

Artificial intelligence and aircraft safety

Swinburne engineers have developed an inspection system based on artificial intelligence to detect and characterise internal flaws in composite materials in aircraft. The technology has the potential to increase aeronautical safety and speed up component safety checks.

Photonics and early cancer detection

A team under Professor Min Gu at the Centre for Micro-Photonics developed the world's first small, portable endoscopic two-photon microscope. The development makes the photonic technology more accessible in clinical medicine and has the potential to improve doctors' ability to detect early stages of cancer.

Discovery of a galactic freak

Astronomers from Swinburne have discovered a 'galactic freak', an extremely rare ultra-compact dwarf galaxy that could furnish the missing link in understanding how galaxies and their clusters evolve.

Dark energy

Dr Chris Blake, of Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS), is part of an international team that has produced results confirming the existence of ‘dark energy', an unseen force driving the universe apart at an ever-increasing rate. The existence of such a force was first proposed by Einstein in his theory of gravity.

The Doppler Effect and invisibility

Researchers from Swinburne and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology have for the first time ever demonstrated a reversal of the optical ‘Doppler Effect’ – an advance that could one day lead to the development of ‘invisibility cloak’ technology.

Proving Einstein's theory of relativity

A team of astrophysicists from Swinburne conducted research to test Einstein's general theory of relativity when applied to a very unique pair of stars that are unequal in mass and size. The researchers found that Einstein's theory still stands up, almost 100 years after it was originally proposed.

Space invaders

Swinburne astronomer Professor Duncan Forbes has shown that many of our galaxy’s globular star clusters are actually foreigners – having been born elsewhere and then migrating to our Milky Way.  Around a quarter of the globular star clusters in our Milky Way are invaders from other galaxies.

Discovery of fourteen new galaxies

Swinburne astronomer Dr Michael Murphy was part of an international team of astronomers that discovered over a dozen new galaxies halfway across the universe. The discovery represents a major breakthrough in the field of distant galaxy 'hunting' and paves the way for more detailed studies of them.