The Optical Sciences Centre’s research encompasses both optical and quantum sciences as well as related areas in bio-medical science and technology, nanotechnology, integrated nanophotonics, microwave photonics, optical telecommunications, neural networks, nonlinear optics, renewable energy, materials science, ultrafast laser micro-machining, plasmonics, 2D materials, astro-photonics and instrumentation, and many other areas.
Our researchers are also currently:
- investigating novel forms of superfluidity created in ultracold atomic gases and how these may be exploited in next generation electronic materials and sensors
- investigating dynamics in materials at the femtosecond timescale using ultrafast laser pulses
- analysing the capabilities of topological quantum information processing
- exploring new avenues for producing time-crystals — exotic driven systems that spontaneously display time periodic behaviour.
In addition to the individual research programs of our academic staff, several larger strategic programs form a core part of our centre: