More information about the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics award is available from the Nobel Prize website.
For more information about the work of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Waves, please visit the ARC website.
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for being elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA) at the Society’s September 2017 Board of Directors meeting.
Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.
Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem is being honored specially for ground breaking science contributions to the field of optical glasses and fibers.
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for gravitational waves. This Nobel Prize is as much a recognition of the work of Professors Weiss, Barich and Thorne as it is of the many researchers they’ve been working alongside as part of an extensive international collaborative team that includes many Australians, such as the LIGO and OzGrav team here at IPAS.
Follow on the first discovery in 2015, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery – known as OzGrav- was established. OzGrav is a partnership between Swinburne University, the Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, and University of Western Australia, along with other collaborating organisations in Australia and overseas.
“Inhibitors of biotin protein ligase: A new class of antibiotic targeting Staphylococcus aureus” led by Prof Andrew Abell and his team has been awarded 1 of the best 10 NHMRC research project 2016!
This project successfully engaged chemistry and biochemistry to discover a new antibacterial by inhibiting a key protein – known as biotin protein ligase (BPL)- as a potential mechanism for limiting bacterial survival.
Congratulations to Prof Andrew Abel and team!
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem who has been chosen as a finalist in the category of Technology for her leadership role in the establishment of the Adelaide node of Optofab, a state-of-the-art glass science, fibre fabrication and 3D manufacturing research facility.
Winnovation Awards, in their fourth year, celebrate and elevate the amazing talent of women in South Australia. The winners will be announced and honoured on Friday, October 6 at Bendigo Bank, Waymouth St, CBD @ 5.30pm.
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem on being successfully awarded a 2017 Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant with the project entitled ” Extruded Hollow-Core Fibre for High-Power Mid-IR Laser”. The Bridging Grants are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement into a strong collaboration leading to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.
This grant will not only accelerates the development of a long term strategic collaboration between IPAS and IRflex Corporation (USA) but it also continues to reinforce the existing collaboration to develop hollow-core fibre with the unique capability to transmit extremely high-power industrial lasers.
This project will utilise IPAS’ s unique intellectual property and know-how to design and fabricate innovative dies for glass extrusion with extremely fine microstructures (~1 micron thick); along with the 3D metal printing capabilities to develop and produce titanium dies specifically designed to extrude mid-infrared glasses. The partner company, IRflex Corporation (USA), is specialized in the development and manufacture of novel mid-infrared fibres and devices, with the specialized equipment and technical resources to produce ultra high-purity mid-infrared glasses.
Congratulations to Team Mirage Photonics and Team GLAS who are going to be part of the next CSIRO ON Prime program.
Team Mirage Photonics (comprising of Ori Henderson-Sapir, Ka Wu, Annetay Henderson-Spair, Michael Muthig & Piers Lincoln). This project will offer solutions using affordable mid-infrared moderate-power lasers to detect gases and organic compounds such as greenhouse gases and petroleum based chemicals in environmental monitoring, oil and gas development, transportation and medicine. The team hopes to identify and approach potential customers as well as progress from technology to business.
Team GLAS (comprising of Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Tim Zhao, Yunle Wei, Francois Duvenage, Elodie Janvier & Karen Cunningham). This project will develop a technique named GLAS (G:Green, L:Large-scale, A: All-in-one, S: Simple) which will endorse a range of color codes in glass via striking noble metal nano particles in a highly controllable manner instead of using toxic chemicals such as heavy metals. This program will bring academia and business/industry partners together to meet practical needs and solve real-life problems. It also helps to build up connections with partners and customers.
Congratulations to both team!
From 22nd – 24th August, IPAS researchers, supported by ATSE, represented the University of Adelaide at the 13th Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf (GMUSG) Conference and Trade Expo at Whyalla. GMUSG was established to promote the Upper Spencer Gulf as a regional centre of excellence in the provision of “maintenance services” to the local, national and international resource processing sector.
Alongside with UniSA and Flinders Uni, Dr Stephen Warren-Smith had a talk to promote collaboration between industry and universities. Of particular interest to attendees were the high temperature sensors and 3D printers; with ABC Eyre Peninsula following up with Stephen on the 25th for a short radio interview with Deane Williams to discuss IPAS’ work with SJ Cheesman at the Nyrstar multi-metals recovery plant.
Making the first two pages in the “Making a difference – Outcomes of ARC supported research” publication, Detecting Gravitational Waves & Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer were proudly featured in the “Understanding Our World and Translating Fundamental Research” section. This publication is a snapshot of some of the outstanding research outcomes derived from research projects funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) National Competitive Grants
Detecting Gravitational Waves – the most exciting discovery in fundamental physics for decades was firstly announced in 2016 which has opened a new window in astronomy. These discoveries have opened up new possibilities in exploring the universe through its most enigmatic objects: black holes, while at the same time testing our current understanding of the physical laws underpinning the universe. Prof Peter Veitch and A/Prof David Ottaway are leading the Research being carried out at the University of Adelaide node of the new ARC Centre of Excellent for Gravitional Wave Discovery, OzGrav.
Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer project lead by Prof Robert McLaughlin had developed a revolutionary tiny imaging probe encased within the brain biopsy needle to allow surgeons to avoid at-risk blood vessels which can potentially fatal. This device contains a tiny fibre-optic camera using shining infrared light and combined with smart image processing software to alert surgeon potentially damaging vessels. Professor Christopher Lind, Consultant Neurosurgeon successfully did a pilot trial with 12 undergoing neurosurgery.
Congratulations to both LIGO and Miniprobes team!
The Future of Photonics Innovation – The Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) – The University of Adelaide strategic partnership lead by Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem claims one of the top higher education achievers in 2017 AFR Review Higher Education Awards!
This prestigious awards, in their third year, recognise innovation and achievement in Australia’s higher education sector. The winners will be announced and honoured at a sumptuous Gala Dinner, presented by UniSuper, on 29 August 7pm.
The Sapphire Clock team, led by Professor Andre Luiten, is one of two finalists in the “Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia” category the Australian Museum Eureka Prize.
Over the last 20 years, the Sapphire Clock team, including Professor Andre Luiten, A/Professor John Hartnett and A/Professor Martin O’Connor has developed a high-precision technology that generates signals of the ultimate purity. The Sapphire Clock is a cryogenic sapphire oscillator that allows time to be measured to the femtosecond scale (one quadrillionth of a second), with only a single second gained or lost every 40 million years. This kind of accuracy is required for ultra-high precision measurements.
Their work was motivated out of a belief that precision measurement is the path to discovering new knowledge – a foundation belief of all science – however, this capability also delivers a competitive advantage to industry by allowing one to measure what was previously thought to be immeasurable.
Recently, the Sapphire Clock team initiated a collaboration the Jindalee Over-The-Horizon Radar Network (JORN) with the Sapphire Clock having applications to improve radar technology. JORN is a linchpin of Australia’s security, providing long-range, broad-scale and continuous surveillance. The sapphire clock technology offers a step-change in the performance of this radar, which has been likened to getting 30 years of development in just one day. This combination of leading technologies opens a path to improved security for all Australians
“By combining two decades of pioneering research with cutting-edge engineering, the Sapphire Clock Team’s technology offers the potential for a step change in the performance of the Jindalee Over-The-Horizon Radar Network, a vital Australian defence asset. The Sapphire Clock offers a thousandfold improvement in timing precision, helping Australian defence agencies identify threats to the nation”
Australian Museum media release