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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.

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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

First IPAS REARCH OPEN DAY in the Braggs

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The atmosphere in the Braggs has never been more exciting than it was on Thursday 6 September 2018. It was the first #IPASOpenDay with attendance of more than 200 people from the general public, university stakeholders, STEM students and industry partners. The day kicked off with an hour of presentations by six IPAS team leaders who shed light on the culture and ground breaking research within IPAS. The “loud and clear” message for school students was about the tremendous opportunities in Defence, Space and Start-ups in SA.

The event offered a unique opportunity for all visitors to experience the state of the art facilities at IPAS up close. All IPAS-related research labs in the Braggs, MLS and Physics buildings were open for more than two hours and it was rewarding to see wide-eyed visitors coming out chatting excitedly about their experiences. With so much to offer, it was our pleasure to see such a diversity of people at IPAS especially the STEM students who had so much fun and gained so much from the experience. The IPAS demonstrations table with the Interferometer and the Radio Laser was always full of people with interesting questions. The visitors even got to experience a fluorescent chocolate fondue, and see how to measure radiation through a banana smoothie…

The day was a huge success and a credit to those staff who put together such a fun and inspiring event. Next year will be even bigger and better. Given the benefits of explaining to the community what we really do at the University, this might be something to be considered more broadly across the campus. The philosophy of opening the labs to all and being transparent about our activities can be very powerful.

If you are interested in exploring potential synergies and being part of next year’s event, please contact Elodie Janvier, IPAS Strategic Research Development Manager.

For more information, please look at the video and  IPAS website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IPAS Metastable Krypton featured in Physical Review Letters

MiladPublished this week in the prestigious Physical Review Letters journal, IPAS researchers have demonstrated a record performance in the generation of metastable krypton by using a two photon excitation technique. This is set to bring extreme value as a source for metastable atoms for laser cooling and trapping applications, in particular for atom trap trace analysis (ATTA).

Here, they show an efficiency of up to 2% per pulse; a great step towards achieving the holy grail of 10% that would allow the dating of deep ice core samples. This has the potential to revolutionise the ice core research field by addressing one of its key unmet challenge of extending the existing 800,000 years dating record back in time to 1.5 million years and  help unravel many mysteries that are still puzzling geologists today.

Laser-Based Metastable Krypton Generation
M.A. Dakka, G. Tsiminis, R.D. Glover, C. Perrella, J. Moffatt, N.A. Spooner, R.T. Sang, P.S. Light, and A.N. Luiten
Phys.Rev.Lett.121,093201 – Published 31 August 2018.