CUDOS researchers awarded $2.5 million funding

10-11-2017

CUDOS researchers received six federal government grants from the Australian Research Council in their recent funding round for 2018. The grants, worth more than $2.5 million, were awarded for a diverse range of photonics projects:

1 DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards)
3 Discovery Projects
2 LIEF (Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities) Grants


Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Project ID

Investigator(s)

 

Summary

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Administering Organisation

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Funding Awarded

DE180100070

Dr Alexander Solntsev

Optical wavelength conversion in nonlinear dielectric nano-resonators. This project aims to uncover new opportunities to change the colour of light on the nanoscale, taking advantage of revolutionary advances in high-precision nano-fabrication. It will bring deeper understanding of the interaction between light and matter in dielectric resonators with sizes smaller than the visible light wavelength. This is expected to open a pathway for new telecommunication and microscopy-related technologies and move towards increasing energy efficiency, scalability and security of optical communication networks of the future.

10/11/2017

University of Technology Sydney

1007

$368,446.00

Discovery Projects

Project ID

Investigator(s)

Summary

Announced

Administering Organisation

Primary FOR

Funding Awarded

DP180102402

Professor Min Gu; Professor Shanhui Fan; Professor Alan Willner

Tuning the multiplexing of optical angular momentum with graphene photonics. This project aims to develop a conceptually new graphene nano-device that allows for tuning the multiplexing of optical angular momentum from the near-infrared to mid-infrared wavelength regions. The innovation of this project is nano-engineering of the cutting-edge graphene-on-silicon technology in designing the world-first tunable optical-angular-momentum multiplexer for on-chip integration. This project will result in a new horizon of ultra-high-capacity chip-scale devices which can enable the new applications including wireless optical communications and thus accelerate the realisation of the emerging LiFi-based big data technology platform.

10/11/2017

RMIT University

0205

$443,152.00

DP180103413 Professor Peter Tuthill; Dr Olivier Guyon; Dr Sergio Leon-Saval; Dr Barnaby Norris; Dr Jonathan Lawrence; Professor Michael Withford Imaging survey of habitable-zone exoplanets. This project aims to deliver the first direct images of exoplanets in the habitable zones around nearby stars. This will be enabled by the development of a new instrument – GLINT (Guided-Light Interferometric Nulling Technology) – that will be deployed on the Subaru 8m telescope. The project outcomes should answer outstanding questions on the process of planetary formation and exoplanet habitability.

10/11/2017

The University of Sydney

0201

$468,671.00

DP180102234

Dr Andrea Blanco Redondo; Profesor Carel de Sterke; Dr Darren Hudson; Professor Markus Schmidt

A brighter future: the pure-quartic soliton laser. This project aims to build an innovative, ultrafast laser based on the recent discovery of pure-quartic solitons, a new class of optical soliton. Investigating these solitons in their own right will provide new insights into the physics of soliton formation and propagation. The concept of the pure-quartic soliton laser is expected to lead to the transformation of ultrafast science and related applications with the benefit of to improving efficiency, and significantly reducing the cost of high-energy ultrafast lasers. The project aims to provide benefits in ultrafast science, industrial materials processing, laser surgery, and molecular spectroscopy.

10/11/2017

The University of Sydney

0205

$420,473.00

Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grants

Project ID

Investigator(s)

Summary

Announced

Administering Organisation

Primary FOR

Funding Awarded

LE180100030

Professor Matthew Phillips; Professor Andrew Greentree; Professor Dayong Jin; Professor Nunzio Motta; Professor Shi Xue Dou; Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich; Dr Jianzhen Ou; Dr Stefano Palomba; Dr Qiaoliang Bao; Dr Yi Du; Professor Charles Sorrell; Associate Professor Boris Kuhlmey; Professor Milos Toth

National facility for nanoscale characterisation of luminescent materials. The project aims to establish a national facility for nanoscale characterisation of advanced optoelectronic materials, including atomically-thin materials, luminescent nanocrystals, metamaterials, and plasmonic nanostructures. The combination of a highly focused electron beam, and novel light detection optics, will enable temperature-dependent, angle, polarisation and time-resolved luminescence analysis with unprecedented resolution. It is expected this will yield discoveries in nanoscale physics and materials science. It will create interdisciplinary collaborations by linking Australian scientists who use high-resolution multimodal characterisation methods to innovate and develop materials and device technologies.

10/11/2017

University of Technology Sydney

1007

$541,705.00

LE180100160

Professor Simon George; Professor John Paterson; Professor Martin Van Kranendonk; Associate Professor Jochen Brocks; Dr Neil Sherwood; Professor Dorrit Jacob; Associate Professor Alexander Fuerbach; Associate Professor Glenn Brock; Dr Stefan Löhr; Dr Stephen Sestak

Femtosecond laser micropyrolysis gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer. The project aims to build a femtosecond-laser, micropyrolysis gas-chromatographmass spectrometer. The facility will have the capability to selectively analyse very small petrographically-recognisable organic components, hence bridging the analytical gap between organic petrography and organic geochemistry. The project aims to understand the early evolution of life, the response of the biosphere to mass extinction, the migration of fluids in petroleum reservoirs, the heterogeneity of organic matter in shale gas reservoirs, and the composition of macromolecules in biominerals and macerals. The facility will contribute to a broad range of Australia’s theoretical and applied problems in geoscience and geobiology.

10/11/2017

Macquarie University

0402

$297,463.00