Foundation laid for future French and Australian photonics research collaboration


Researchers from CUDOS met with members of France’s Institut Fresnel and the Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale last week to discuss opportunities for collaborative research, and the exchange of staff and students between the two countries.

The event was the inaugural workshop of the LIA / ALPhFA Associated International Laboratory project, co-funded by the CNRS, the Aix-Marseille University and CUDOS and building on more than 40 years of scientific collaborations dating back to 1973.

ALPhFA LIA Workshop

Researchers at the LIA / ALPhFA Workshop

The project aims to maintain the leadership of partners in metamaterials, plasmonics and mid-infrared photonics research.

The focus in the first two years of this four year project will be on:

  • optical antennas, with precise design of low loss antennas and calculation of local density of states (LDOS) of chiral antennas
  • design and realisation of metamaterials for waveguides and sub-wavelength resonators, and
  • the design and characterisation of chalchogenide mid infrared micro-structured optical fibers.

It is anticipates that at least twelve students and staff will participate in exchange and reciprocal visits each year.

“We had very fruitful discussions during this inaugural meeting, leading to several collaborative research projects in exciting new research directions. Our French partners are very like-minded, and have expertise that is complimentary to ours,” said CUDOS Chief Investigator and Associate Professor Boris Kuhlmey.

“This collaboration is a great opportunity to advance the field, but also for PhD students on both sides to experience different research environments, extending their skills and discovering topics and methodologies they would not otherwise have access to.”