Kristopher Rowland of IPAS awarded Wanda Henry Prize at ACOFT/ACOLS conference

Kristopher Rowland, a member of IPAS, has been awarded the Wanda Henry Prize for the best presentation by a student at the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOFT) and Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy (ACOLS), recently held in Adelaide. His talk was entitled ‘Extruded soft-glass hollow-core microstructured optical fibres; Fabrication and light guidance properties.’

Kris’s research project focussed on the development of a new type of optical fibre that can confine light in an air channel. His work demonstrates for the first time that this type of fibre can be fabricated via an extrusion technique, and opens up the prospect of hollow-core fibres for broadband light guidance in the mid-infrared spectrum. By confining light to air in this way, high power laser light could be guided efficiently between two points without damaging the fibre material, which could prove very useful for the development of new devices for areas such as industrial machining and laser surgery.

Kristopher Rowland with his prize, awarded by Prof. John Love.

The prize is presented to the best student presentation in the ACOFT sessions. This year, two prizes were awarded. It is awarded in memory of Wanda Henry, who had a promising scientific career cut tragically short.

Professor Tanya Monro – IPAS Director, said: “I’m delighted that Kris has been awarded this prize. Stephen Warren-Smith, another IPAS PhD student was also awarded a prize at this conference; the 2009 Australian Optical Society Postgraduate Student Prize. Overall IPAS members presented 19 times at the conference which reflects the scope and quality of the work being conducted in at Adelaide University in photonics.”


The University of Adelaide has state-of-the-art research laboratories for developing soft glass microstructured optical fibres within the Centre of Expertise in Photonics. Building on the success of this centre, the University has recently formed a new research institute, IPAS, the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing, which brings together physicists, chemists and biologists to pursue an ambitious transdisciplinary research agenda in advanced sensing.

For more information on IPAS please contact:

IPAS Director – Professor Tanya Monro, telephone: +61 8 8303 3955 or email:

IPAS Institute Manager – Piers Lincoln, telephone +61 8 8313 5772 or email:

Executive Assistant – Ms Sara Boffa, telephone: +61 8 8313 1059 email:


IPAS, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 5005


Posted on December 4, 2009, in events, ipas, IPASnews, news, ResearchNews, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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