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IPAS wins over 1.7 M from the Next Generation Technologies Fund

NGTF_3Congratulations to IPAS scientists for being successfully awarded Next Generation Technology Fund in the Quantum Technologies category. IPAS was overwhelmed to receive 4 over 11 nationally funded projects under the Quantum technology call.

  • David Ottaway, Ben Sparkes, Leszek Swierkowski, Barnaby Smith & Graeme Nash
    Quantum Radar for Stealth Detection
    Amount awarded: $242,500
  • Andre Luiten, Charlie Ironside, William Rickard, Tom Stace, Mirko Lobino & David Pulford
    Delivering an Australian Portable Quantum Optical Clock
    Amount awarded: $998,701
  • Andre Luiten, Chris Perrella, Phil Light, Scott Foster 
    Packaging a Quantum Magnetometer Array for Anti-Submarine Warfare
    Amount awarded: $455,498
     
  • Brant Gibson, Scott Foster, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, David Simpon, Andrew Greentree, Shahraam Afshar
    Hydrid diamond fibre optic quantum magneto-sensors
    Amount awarded: $250,000

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IPAS makes the top 100 of worldwide views on Figshare

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Congratulations to Dr Philip Light and PhD Student Ashby Hilton whose research has been receiving the highest number views on the University of Adelaide Figshare. The video was also in the top 100 items viewed worldwide on institutional repositories.

The video is from their paper published in October 2018 which shows an ensemble of atoms laser cooled to around 4 millionths of a degree above absolute zero. The atoms are dropped and caught using an optical trap that confines the atoms and funnels them into a hollow core fibre. The fibre itself is 45 micro meters wide, and once inside the fibre, the atoms become an immensely ‘dark’ medium that can be used to perform quantum experiments such as the coherent storage and retrieval of optical pulses. The publication also won IPAS 2018 Best Outreach Paper Award.

 

IPAS Researcher Interviewed by SCI

IPAS scientist Dr Giuseppe Tettamanzi was privileged to be invited by
the Chemistry and Industry magazine, a publication of the Society of Chemical Industry in London, for his scientific comments on the the novel metal-air transistors research which will pave the way for future electronics. Dr Tettamanzi is leading an international research team that has recently developed a ground breaking single electron pump which put forward for future quantum information procession applications including in defence, cybersecurity and encryption and big data analysis.
For more information about Dr Tettamanzi’ s innovative research, please click here.

IPAS revolutionary research featured in Optics Express

 IPAS researchers led by Dr Stephen Warren-Smith and Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem have fabricated an imaging optical fibre using a new technique of extruding glass through metal 3D printed dies. This opens opportunities for ultra-small, high-resolution imaging with potential for imaging and sensing inside previously inaccessible regions of the body.

Soft-glass imaging microstructured optical fibers
Stephen C. Warren-Smith, Alastair Dowler, and Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
Optics Express, Vol. 26, Issue 26,pp. 33604-33612 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.033604

2018 FHMS Executive Dean’s Award

Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li for being awarded the Faculty of Health and Medicine Sciences Executive Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Researchers) for her significant contribution to multidisciplinary research programs and the public awareness of health and medical sciences.

IPAS ECR awarded The Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li who was awarded $150,000 for the Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2 years.  Dr Li will investigate a new multimodal high-resolution imaging tool that can directly study high-risk plaques in living organisms, in real-time, enabling molecular and microstructural insights into the development of plaques, one of the most common cause of heart attack. Specifically, the new tool will be used to assess plaques in commonly-used preclinical animal models and in dissected human arteries. It will answer fundamental questions of how plaques evolve, how they cause heart attacks, and how they respond to different forms of treatment. This project will also provide a pathway for the clinical translation of this novel tool and holds hope to improve health outcomes by providing cardiologists with better ways to accurately diagnose and manage high-risk plaques and prevent heart attacks.

IPAS DECRA wins Fulbright Future Scholarship

Congratulations to Dr Ben Sparkes who was awarded Fulbright FutureScholarship. Dr Sparkes will spend 3 months working with Prof Alex Gaeta at Columbia University in the City of New York on a project titled “Changing Colours in Optical Fibres: The Key to Long-Distance Quantum-Secured Communications”.

Dr Ben Sparkes is an ARC DECRA fellow working within the Precision Measurement Group at IPAS.  His research has focused on developing a quantum memory device to maximise the distance of quantum cryptography, which will boost the security of communications for government,business and the broader community.  He is also the co-founder of the “Amazing University of Adelaide Laser Radio” outreach activity, where high school students construct a device that transmits audio signals over a laser beam using basic electronics components. Dr Sparkes was named South Australian Tall Poppy of the year at the 2018 SA Government Science Excellent Awards in August.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the US, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas.

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

 

IPAS ECR awarded a Global Connections Fund Bridging Grant

Congratulations to Dr Chris Perrella who was successfully awarded $50,000 for the project titled “High-performance optical clock for next-generation precision timing” under the Global Connections Bridging Grant program. This Project will develop a compact high‐performance clock for delivering ultra‐precise timing signals by linking Australia’s foremost precision measurement laboratory at IPAS, University of Adelaide, with the world’s leading company in precision optical measurement technology, Menlo Systems GmbH (Menlo).

Bridging Grants are a program of assistance that targets early stage proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation and commercialisation activities. They are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process, into a strong collaboration which leads to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.

IPAS members recruited for DSTG Cadetship

Congratulations to the following IPAS members who were successfully recruited to join DSTG in the future, following the completion of their Postgraduate Degree.

  • David McAfee, MPhil Student, will join the  Electro-Optic Processing & Exploitation group under the National Security & Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Division
  • Adam Gambell, MPhil Student, will join the  Laser Technology Group, under the Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division
  • Lily Taylor, Honours Student, will join the Cyber Surveillance/Information Integration Group.

The DST Cadetship Program is an entry-level employment pathway for high performing undergraduate students currently studying a relevant Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree. Should you have any questions regarding the DST Cadetship Program, please contact: DSTgroupSTEMcoordinator@dst.defence.gov.au