Monthly Archives: November 2018

Adelaide High School students welcomed at IPAS

On Wednesday 21 November 2018, IPAS was delighted to welcome a group of high achieving STEM students from Adelaide High School.

The students were welcomed and guided to the Precision Measurement Group Labs by Dr Ben Sparkes before headed to the Bio Sensing Lab by Dr Jiawen Li. They were also shown the ground floor fabrication facilities by Mr Evan Johnson and Lijesh Thomas before travelling to the top of the building to see the 2.5 um laser labs with Mr Nathaniel Bawden and Dr Ori Henderson-Sapir.

All the best for our STEM students and looking forward to welcoming you to the IPAS community in the future!

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IPAS ECR wins 2018 Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program

Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li who was successfully awarded 2018 FHMS Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program. Dr Li will be mentored by world-renowned scientists in cardiovascular research Prof Stephen Nicholls and Dr Christina Bursill for the next 12 months on developing the novel device to enable accurate detection of high risk atherosclerotic plaques which are likely to cause acute coronary events, one of the most common cause of death in middle and high income countries worldwide. 

The Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program is designed to foster a productive mentor-mentee relationship between an ECR/MCR (mentee) and a senior academic staff member (mentor). The ECR/MCR will work closely with mentors of their choice to co-develop a new area of research and build their track record. The mentors will work closely with the applicant throughout the process and help the ECR/MCR to develop a strategic pathway, skills and independence necessary to make them competitive for local or national funding schemes (i.e. NHMRC investigator, new idea and synergy grants or equivalent schemes).

IPAS Star Trek Tractor beam featured in Physical Review Applied

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IPAS researchers led by Dr Philip Light and PhD Student Ashby Hilton have created an infrared tractor beam – or light-driven energy trap – for efficiently guiding into and confining atoms inside a hollow optical fibre. The work is opening the way for new quantum experiments that may lead to new secure communications or advanced sensing technologies. This innovative research has received several interests from major media outlets such as: The Advertiser, The Lead, UK Daily Mail and was invited for the interview with ABC Radio.

High-efficiency cold-atom transport into a waveguide trap
A.P. Hilton, C. Perrella, F. Benabid, B.M. Sparkes, A.N. Luiten, and P.S. LightPhys. Rev. Applied 10, 044034 – Published 12 October 2018.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.10.044034