Optical Sciences Centre

Optical Sciences Centre

The Optical Sciences Centre is a new state-of-the-art research facility whose staff have come together from the former Centre for Microphotonics and the Centre for Quantum and Optical Science. The result is one of Australia’s largest optical research facilities, comparable to the world’s leading institutions. We are dedicated to pursuing excellence and impact through world-leading research, focusing on optical sciences and related areas.

Led by Director Professor David Moss and Deputy Directors, Professor Chris Vale and Professor Saulius Juodkazis, The Optical Sciences Centre will become the new flagship centre and a leader in both fundamental and applied areas of optical sciences.

Our vision is to conduct world-leading research and development across the spectrum of research engagement and translation. From fundamental studies in the way light interacts with matter, through to the development of technologies for market, the Centre will foster cross-disciplinary collaborations which address scientific challenges in fields encompassing classical and quantum photonics, light-matter interactions, nanotechnology, bio- and bio-medical sciences, quantum gases and quantum materials.

Our Research

The Centre will encompass 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.

Researchers in the Centre 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 and exploring new avenues for producing time-crystals – exotic driven systems that spontaneously display time periodic behaviour.

The Optical Sciences Centre is strongly aligned with Swinburne’s Research and Innovation Strategy, ERA strategy and outstanding research record in science, innovation and technology. The Centre will increase Swinburne’s capacity and capability for world-leading optical sciences research and will continue Swinburne’s position as a leader in this important field.

In addition to the individual research programs of our academic staff, several larger strategic programs form a core part of the new Centre. These include:

  • The Swinburne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) 2017-2023 which is developing 2D materials for use in computing technologies with greatly reduced power consumption.
  • The Australian Quantum Gas Microscope - a national user facility for cold-atom research.
  • The Ultrafast Micro-Spectroscopy Facility – a national facility for materials characterisation.
  • Swinburne nanofabrication facility - a world class facility with electron beam lithography and other tools for nanophotonics research.
  • The solar pilot line facility -a core capability underpinned by a unique cluster PECVD thin film growth tool along with chemical labs and other capabilities.  
  • The 3D laser nano-micro printing facility capable of fabricating deeply subwavelength 3D structures on nanometer length scales.
  • The ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM): nano-textured surfaces for optical, sensor and bio-biomedical applications.
  • A quantum photonic computing and communications initiative that will operate in the telecom wavelength range.