Category Archives: IPASnews

Building the Photonics Industry in SA

Last week, the Department for State Development (DSD) and IPAS co-hosted the Photonics Industry Development workshop, a follow up of the “Lighting the Way” report, released in February this year. While the report explored the opportunities for expanding the  photonics industry, allowing SA to be a major player in the international photonics stage, the workshop presented the leading proposed activities that will facilitate this.

Given that photonics is the underpinning technology for numerous industries, including manufacturing, medical, agriculture, aerospace, mining and defence, there is the potential for the development of a $1B industry in the next 5 years with further investment.

Featured speakers:
Adam Reid (DSD)
Professor Tanya Monro (DVCRI, UniSA)

Proposed Activities Champions
Peter Shute (Norseld): Collaboration and Clustering
Professor Andre Luiten (University of Adelaide and Cryoclocks): Prototyping
Professor John Arkwright (Flinders University  and Arkwright): Global Market Engagement
Peter Foster (VentureNext): Investment Ready

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Queen’s Birthday Honours for Leader in Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Bob Vincent, who’s contribution to atmospheric physics, gravity waves and radar hardware, was recognised with a Member in the General Division (AM) award in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

Professor Vincent’s academic and research career spans 50 years, having published more than 300 articles, that have been cited more than 9500 times.  Specifically, his work is in the top 0.5% by citations in Geoscience (Institute for Scientific Information, ISI, ranking).

More information of other University of Adelaide staff and members that were recipients of Queen’s Birthday honours can be found here.

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Excellence in Research Award for Dr Jiawen Li

jiawen-li Congratulations Dr Jiawen Li, who recently won a Women’s Research Excellence award.

She will be using the award to assist with travel to RMIT and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she hopes to build on exisiting collaborations.

Hon Craig Laundy Visits IPAS

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Craig Laundy, visited IPAS on Friday, hosted by Dr Hannah Brown, IPAS manager Piers Lincoln, Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Prof Rob McLaughlin.

The Minister was particularly interested in the strong links IPAS has with industry and innovative research, including the recent co-localisation of Trajan within the institute, industry projects with SJ Cheesman, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and pre-clinical trial of the Mini probes OCT technology in neurosurgery.

Third Gravitational Wave Discovered

Published on 1st June, a new paper in Physical Review Letters describes the third gravitational wave (GW170104) to be observed by The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and a a team of scientists from around the world, including A/Prof David Ottaway, a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).
Gravitation waves generated when two black holes merge to form a single, larger hole.  The most recent gravitational wave was detected on January 4th and occurred about 3 billion light years away.
Media releases can be found here (University of Adelaide, ABC New, OzGrav).

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Radiation Sensing and Optical Clocks Wins Support from DSTG

Dr Ruth Shaw (Institute for Minerals and Energy Resources) and Dr Chris Perrella (Precision Measurement Group) recently received funding from the Defence Science and Technology Group’s (DSTG) competitive evaluation research agreement (CERA) scheme.

Announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Honorable Christopher Pyne MP, CERA funding “allows us to draw on the expertise in Australian universities to initiate research into emerging technologies of interest to Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

The two successful projects from IPAS members were:

Chris Perella.Dr Chris Perrella (CI), Dr Fred Baynes, Dr Phil Light, Dr Ben Sparkes, Prof Andre Luiten & Belinda Pickett (DSTG)

High-Performance Optical Clock for Local Time References and UAV Applications

This project will develop an atomic, optical clock that will provide local timing signals used for navigation in the absence of global positioning systems (GPS) signals. The optical clock offers significant benefits over clocks currently used in GPS in terms of size, weight, power consumption, and their intrinsic performance. This kind of precision and high-stability timing signals are required for GPS and inertial navigation systems, and the optical clock will further minimise the risks of intentional jamming/spoofing or  other limitations in GPS access.

Ruth_Shaw2.jpgDr Ruth Shaw (CI), Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Prof Nigel Spooner, Dr Chris Kalnins, A/Prof David Ottaway and Carly Whittaker

Radiation-sensitive optical fibres for real-time distributed radiation sensing”

The project aims to characterise and use rare earth doped silica to develop sensitive fibre optic devices for the real-time monitoring of entryways associated with the transportation of radioactive material.

The media release from Christopher Pyne MP can be found here.

Research Tuesdays Featuring Prof Rob McLaughlin

Rob McProfessor Rob McLaughlin will be part of the “Invented in Adelaide” discussion panel in the up and coming Research Tuesdays lecture.

Research Tuesdays are an initiative of the University of Adelaide, allowing the general public to hear about research happening within the university.

Rob McLaughlin leads the Bioengineering Imaging Group and is the Managing Director of Miniprobes. Miniprobes currently develop and sell miniaturised imaging probes that can be encased in hypodermic needles. One such device is the smart needle, which can detect blood vessels during brain surgery, avoiding bleeds that can potentially be fatal. Pilot studies with the smart needle concluded at the start of this year, with promising results.

Research Tuesdays: Invented in Adelaide
5:30 pm 13th June, The Braggs Lecture Theatre

 

Register via this link.

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Bowie Medal Award for Tara Pukala

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Congratulations A/Professor Tara Pukala, for recently being awarded the Bowie Medal from the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS).

The Bowie Medal recognises research excellence in the field of mass spectrometry by an Australian or New Zealand researcher under the age of 45 years.

Professor John Bowie is a Professor of organic chemistry at the University of Adelaide, with a specialist interest in mass spectrometry and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the field.

Tara will be presenting her findings at a keynote lecture at the 26th ANZSMS conference that will be held in Adelaide, 16-20th July.

National Measurement Institute and World Metrology Day Honour for Andre Luiten

prof-andre-luiten-ctdToday’s World Metrology Day and to celebrate, the National Measurement Institute (NMI) announced Professor Andre Luiten as the recipient of the Barry Inglis Medal.

The award is in recognition of Andre and team’s pioneering research into the development of techniques for extremely precise and accurate measurement of time. Specifically, the Cryogenic Sapphire Clock is a ultra precise oscillator that can measure time at the femtosecond scale (one quadrillionth of a second) and a single second deviation occurs one every 40 million years. This kind of precision is essential for technologies such as metrology and radar.

More information can be found in Media Releases from Hon Craig Laundy (Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science) and the University of Adelaide.

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Dr Wenle Weng: Marie Curie Fellowship

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Dr Wenle Weng is the recent recipient of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Fellowship (MSCA) and will be spending 24 months in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Weng’s project is titled “Synthesis of low noise microwaves using solitons locked to an ultra-stable cavity” and he will be conducting his research at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Set on the banks of Lake Geneva, EPFL specialises in physical sciences and was ranked 14th in the world across all fields in QS World University Rankings (2015/2016).

The MSCA Fellowship is awarded to the best and most promising researchers from anywhere in the world. The fellowship funds travel, living costs and employment in an European Union country to facilitate career development, such as research-related and transferable skills, research impact, enhanced cooperation and network building.