CUDOS success in ARC Funding


Congratulations to all CUDOS members who were successful in the ARC Funding announced on November 4th, for funding commencing 2015. Including:
2 DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards)
7 Discovery Projects
2 LEIF (Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities) Grants


Marpaung, Dr David
Universal photonic analog signal processor for ubiquitous radio;

2015 $120,000.00
2016 $120,000.00
2017 $117,000.00
Total $357,000.00

Funded Participants: DECRA Dr David Marpaung
Administering Organisation: The University of Sydney

Project Summary:
A massive technology gap of high quality tuneable filters in the microwave (1-100 GHz) frequency range is impeding advances towards fully reconfigurable wireless systems. This project aims to address this limitation and to deliver the world's first reconfigurable microwave filter with unprecedented tuning range, resolution, and selectivity using integrated microwave photonics technology. The project aims to produce the critical filter technology for advanced radio spectrum management and efficient bandwidth utilisation. The project will endeavour to have a profound impact on virtually all high bandwidth microwave systems in key sectors such as wireless communications, defence, and radio astronomy.

Decker, Dr Manuel
Integration of Nanoantenna-Enhanced Sensors and Light Sources

2015 $122,000.00
2016 $122,000.00
2017 $122,000.00
Total $366,000.00

Funded Participants: Dr Manuel Decker
Administering Organisation: The Australian National University

Project Summary
Metal nanoparticles are ideal candidates to enhance and modify the radiation of nanoscale light sources. However, research in nano light sources is only just beginning, thus their full potential has not yet been unlocked. This project aims to develop novel nano light sources to control the polarisation-state of emission and to enhance their efficiency and brightness. The project aims to deliver a new technology platform for on-chip integration of these light sources which is needed to demonstrate real-world applications. This platform will also be used to develop a new class of compact waveguide sensors that are highly sensitive and flexible with a broad range of applications.

Discovery Projects

Hybrid plasmonic waveguide for integrated photonic signal processing
Palomba, Dr Stefano; de Sterke, Prof Carel M; Novotny, Prof Dr Lukas; Zhang, Prof Xiang

2015 $190,000.00
2016 $137,100.00
2017 $155,000.00
Total $482,100.00

Administering Organisation: The University of Sydney

Project Summary
Fast processing of information is central to modern society. This task is traditionally carried out by electronics, which however is becoming too slow and energy-consuming for some tasks. Among alternative technologies optics is the most promising, because it is fast and potentially energy efficient, but possible optical solutions are either quite bulky or suffer from high ohmic losses because the light needs to travel through metal. This project aims to design and fabricate a device which emits a train of short pulses, a key requirement for any signal processing, and in which the light resides mostly in low-loss material. By using metals merely to confine the light, such a 'hybrid' device would avoid the drawbacks of traditional photonic solutions.

Novel Waveguide Resonators based on Lateral Leakage Behaviour
Mitchell, Prof Arnan D; Nguyen, Dr Thach G

2015 $30,000.00
2016 $86,300.00
2017 $90,000.00
2018 $90,000.00
Total $296,300.00

Administering Organisation RMIT University

Project Summary
Silicon photonics is emerging as a billion dollar global technology industry and waveguide resonators are among the most crucial building blocks for silicon photonic systems. This project aims to introduce an entirely new class of optical waveguide resonator based on recently discovered unusual coupling behaviour in silicon photonics. The science underpinning this new effect will be investigated and experimentally verified and the myriad opportunities for novel device concepts will be explored. The compact resonant structures resulting from this project are expected to offer unprecedented filtering functionality while remaining compatible with silicon photonic mass manufacture, ensuring they can be easily utilised by the broader community.

CMOS compatible nonlinear photonic chips
Moss, Prof David J; Monat, A/Prof Christelle; Ben-Bakir, Dr Badhise

2015 $150,000.00
2016 $143,900.00
2017 $150,000.00
2018 $150,000.00
2019 $150,000.00
Total $743,900.00

Administering Organisation RMIT University

Project Summary
Bandwidth and energy demands of telecommunications networks are rapidly reaching a crisis point technologically, economically and from a sustainability viewpoint. At the same time, on-chip interconnects for silicon integrated circuits are also reaching a bottleneck. This project aims to combine the expertise of eight leading international groups to pioneer nonlinear photonic integrated circuits compatible with silicon technology (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor technology, or CMOS) to achieve new capabilities on a chip for signal generation, processing and measurement for telecommunications, computers, and fundamental science. These platforms are expected to allow the integration of electronics with photonics and to be faster, cheaper, smaller, and more energy efficient than current technology.

Topologically nontrivial electromagnetic states
Kivshar, Prof Yuri S; Shadrivov, Dr Ilya; Khanikaev, Asst Prof Alexander; Zayats, Prof Anatoly V; Zhang, Prof Xiang

2015 $165,000.00
2016 $158,200.00
2017 $150,000.00
Total $473,200.00

Administering Organisation The Australian National University

Project Summary
Topological properties play a fundamental role in many physical phenomena. The best known examples are quantum Hall systems, where insensitivity to local properties manifests itself as conductance through edge states that is insensitive to disorder. While the traditional research focus has been on electronic systems, there has been a recent emergence of great interest in exploring topological orders with photons. Several novel intriguing theoretical schemes have been proposed to explore topological orders in photonic systems, both in the linear and strongly interacting regimes. This project aims to develop innovative theoretical and experimental approaches to explore topologically non-trivial states, from microwaves to optical regimes.

Optically resonant dielectric structures for nanophotonics
Kivshar, Prof Yuri S; Brener, Dr Igal; Shvets, Prof Gennady; Lukiyanchuk, Prof Boris

2015 $160,000.00
2016 $153,400.00
2017 $179,000.00
2018 $160,000.00
2019 $167,000.00
Total $819,400.00

Administering Organisation The Australian National University

Project Summary
This project aims to develop a novel research program underpinning the rapid development of a new generation of low-loss nanophotonics based on the physics of optically resonant dielectric nanoparticles. Such nanoparticles are the best candidates for the emerging field of metadevices with unique functionalities well beyond the capabilities of currently existing devices. The project aims to explore the confluence of subwavelength photonics, metamaterial concepts, graphene physics, and nonlinear optics. The expected outcomes of this research will enable the design and world-first experimental demonstration of ultra-thin, tunable, and low-loss metadevices for novel optical technologies with unique energy harvesting, switching, and sensing functionalities.

Efficient, directional and spin-controlled nanoscale light sources
Neshev, A/Prof Dragomir N; Decker, Dr Manuel; Rockstuhl, Prof Dr Carsten; Noginov, Prof Mikhail A

2015 $170,000.00
2016 $119,900.00
2017 $125,000.00
Total $414,900.00

Administering Organisation The Australian National University

Project Summary
This project aims to develop a new class of functional light sources by harnessing the nanoscale interactions between emitters and metallic or dielectric nanoparticles. Understanding of these interactions would lead to efficient energy extraction from emitters to far-field radiation; in addition, new functionalities including highly directional emission, circularly polarised emission, and super-radiance would be realised. The outcomes of this project are expected to enable unprecedented control of light emission beyond current capabilities and will revolutionise lighting and display technologies. Furthermore the project aims to open new opportunities for the development of bright bio-medical fluorescent markers as well as deterministic sources of quantum light.

Enhanced interaction of electromagnetics and mechanics in structured media
Powell, Dr David A; Neshev, A/Prof Dragomir N; Lapine, Dr Mikhail; Alu, A/Prof Andrea

2015 $160,000.00
2016 $134,300.00
2017 $140,000.00
Total $434,300.00

Administering Organisation The Australian National University

Project Summary
This project will investigate the interaction between electromagnetic waves and mechanical motion in structured media. Enhancing this interaction will improve a number of modern technologies, such as nano-scaled motors, traps for biological samples and optical wrenches. Modern fabrication techniques will link the electromagnetic and mechanical properties of media, so that the electromagnetic forces will greatly increase, making such devices able to manipulate larger objects. Structured materials can also change their properties dynamically, enabling material properties to be altered in real time. This mechanism will form the basis of advanced tunable components to control waves at visible, infrared, terahertz and microwave wavelengths.

Jia, Dr Baohua

2015 $140,000.00
2016 $115,100.00
2017 $120,000.00
Total $375,100.00

Administering Organisation Swinburne University of Technology

Project Summary
High performance and environmentally friendly on-chip power system is the key bottleneck issue limiting the further performance improvement and miniaturisation of ever-increasing portable optoelectronic devices. Building on previous work, including recent breakthroughs of on-chip photonic devices in patterned graphene oxide thin film and the record-breaking nanophotonics solar cells, the project aims to investigate a new concept of super-resolution direct laser printing and simultaneous dopant activation of graphene oxide thin films. It is expected that the conceptually new development of the functional graphene oxide film patterning will allow for smart solar-powered on-chip power systems that outperform the state-of-the-art pollution generating batteries.


Inductively-coupled plasma etcher
Eggleton, Prof Benjamin J; Reilly, Prof David J; Palomba, Dr Stefano; Fleming, Prof Simon C; Poulton, A/Prof Christopher G; Arnold, Dr Matthew D; Dzurak, Prof Andrew S; Mitchell, Prof Arnan D; de Sterke, Prof Carel M; Moss, Prof David J

2015 $270,000.00
Total $270,000.00

Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s): The University of New South Wales, RMIT University, University of Technology, Sydney
Administering Organisation: The University of Sydney

Project Summary:
Inductively-coupled plasma etching facility: The aim of this project is to bring together an inductively-coupled plasma etcher with a high resolution tool for optical lithography to create a facility capable of producing nano-structures in silicon surfaces. Such structures are the basis of high performance photonic, nano-electronic, and MicroElectroMechanical (MEM) devices. The lithography tool is a step-and-repeat system capable of exceptionally high rates of throughput so this etcher will be a crucial enabling tool for efficient fabrication of nano-devices for research into quantum computing, high bandwidth, quantum-secure optical communications, renewable energy, and for applications in medicine. The etcher will be available for national access.

Collaborative advanced spectroscopy facility for materials and devices
Sriram, Dr Sharath; Stoddart, A/Prof Paul R; Abbott, Prof Derek; Mulvaney, Prof Paul; Bilek, Prof
Marcela M; Friend, Prof James R; Kalantar-zadeh, Prof Kourosh; Gibson, Dr Brant C; Bansal, A/Prof
Vipul; Juodkazis, Prof Saulius; Notley, A/Prof Shannon; Ivanova, Prof Elena; Fumeaux, Prof
Christophe; Withayachumnankul, Dr Withawat; Hill, Prof Andrew F; Dunstan, Prof David E; Lay, Prof
Peter A; Palomba, Dr Stefano

2015 $410,000.00
Total $410,000.00
Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s): Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney
Administering Organisation: RMIT University

Project Summary
Collaborative advanced spectroscopy facility for materials and devices: This project aims to enable advancements in electronics, photonics, biomedicine, and sensing through a collaborative, open access facility for advanced optical and chemical spectroscopy of thin films, materials, and devices. The intended capabilities include high-speed, precise and state-of-the-art spectroscopy tools which enable in situ characterisation at sub-micron scales and cryogenic temperatures, under biosimulated environments, down to single pixel resolution, with parallel imaging and spectroscopy, and of fluids and biomaterials. The instrumentation will include cryogenic sub-micron photoluminescence and micro-Raman spectroscopy, single pixel optical and dark field spectroscopy, continuous wave terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, wide wavelength microscopic spectroscopy, and temperature-jump kinetics spectroscopy. It is expected that these complementary instruments will accelerate research in materials and devices for plasmonics, nanoelectronics, biomedicine, biochemistry, security, and forensic science.