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WOMBAT 20-22, July 2015

The three-day Workshop on OptoMechanics and Brillouin scattering: Fundamentals, Applications and Technologies (WOMBAT) brought together a dynamic group of international researchers in optoaccoustics. Held in two venues - The University of Sydney and Waterfront at The Rocks, with stunning views over Sydney Harbour, WOMBAT hosted many well-known researchers in this exciting new field of photonics including keynote speakers Professor Kerry Vahala from Caltech and Professor Gaurav Bahl, from the University of Illinoi at Urbana-Champaign. NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane gave the opening address at a reception event. View photos from the workshop on the WOMBAT website

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News Highlights

APL Photonics

CUDOS Director appointed Editor-in-Chief of new photonics journal


The American Institute of Physics will launch a new journal, APL Photonics in April 2016, with CUDOS Director, Professor Benjamin Eggleton recently announced as its first Editor-in-Chief. APL Photonics is an open access journal for high quality original research in the field of applied photonics.

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Breakthrough light source for early detection of disease and pollution


CUDOS researchers have made a major advancement towards the design of inexpensive monitoring devices that can detect human disease and air pollution at very small levels.


Dragonfly sets sights on distant planets


A team from CUDOS, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Sydney Institute for Astronomy successfully installed Dragonfly, a single hybridized photonic chip designed to take images of distant planets, at Australia’s largest telescope.