Welcome – Precision Measurement Group
The Precision Measurement group have joined IPAS from The University of Western Australia. In early 2013, IPAS welcomed Professor Andre Luiten to Adelaide. A joint inaugural winner of the WA Premier’s Prize for Early Career Achievement in Science, Professor Luiten was also awarded the 1996 Bragg Gold Medal for Physics. His relocation from Western Australia to take up the Chair of Experimental Physics has been made possible thanks to a $1M South Australian Research Fellowship.
We are thrilled with Andre’s appointment, as his focus on driving the limits of measurement forward aligns strongly with IPAS’s Vision to create sensing technologies that will transform our capacity to answer pressing problems across research and industry.
His appointment includes teaching at the University, where his passion and excitement for physics will surely serve to inspire and motivate the next generation of undergraduate scientists.
His role directly reflects our unique State position of having a nexus between world-leading research and learning and teaching. Professor Luiten’s high-calibre research team relocated to Adelaide early March to help establish a suite of world-leading facilities for precision measurement. Based in the University’s School of Chemistry and Physics, Professor Luiten and his team are conducting research within IPAS, strengthening Adelaide’s reputation as a world leader in optics and photonics research.
The team have developed a range of state-of-the-art laser instruments and measurement techniques to extract maximal information from a spectroscopic measurement. Their light sources are some of the best controlled and spectrally pure that has ever been developed, which has allowed some of the most accurate and precise measurements ever performed. These techniques can be applied to important measurements in fields such as medicine, radar and environmental monitoring, and are critical to future scientific discovery. The group has recently developed the ability to send high quality signals to remote locations using optical fibres, which could soon open new avenues in distributed radioastronomy and radar.
Andre is co-leading the IPAS Novel Light Sources research theme with Associate Professor David Lancaster.