Ultrafast Micro-Spectroscopy Facility

Swinburne's Ultrafast Micro-Spectroscopy Facility allows researchers to measure dynamics with femtosecond time resolution and microscopic spatial resolution using a range of different and complementary techniques.

This world-class facility has the flexibility to explore a vast range of complex systems, from biological cells and proteins through to novel solid state materials, with the potential to provide major advances in physics, chemistry and biology.

The facility is able to provide 10 fs pulses of light with central wavelength that can be varied from 500 nm to 900 nm and applied to any of the techniques listed below.

Samples can be in the form of thin films, solid wafers or solutions. They can be cooled down to 4 K or circulated through a flow cell.

The cutting-edge spectroscopic techniques available within the facility include:

  • coherent multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy
  • ultrafast transient absorption
  • time-resolved photoluminescence
  • femtosecond stimulated raman scattering

All of these techniques can be combined with microscopy to give near diffraction-limited spatial resolution.

Combined, these capabilities are able to correlate the dynamics of electronic states and vibrational modes with spatial morphology and spectral evolution. They have led to great understanding of the mechanisms driving functionality in complex condensed matter systems.

The Micro-Spectroscopy facility is part of Swinburne’s Centre for Quantum and Optical Science


The facility welcomes enquiries from other universities, industry and postgraduate students.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Davis
Email: JDavis@swin.edu.au