Category Archives: Research
Congratulations 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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Congratulations to Dr Ruth Shaw who was awarded a George Southgate Fellowship. This funding will assist Ruth to attend the International Conference on Solid State Dosimetry & the Marko Moscovitch School of radiation dosimetry in Japan in September. This is not only the perfect opportunity for Dr Shaw to learn from world class dosimetry leaders but also the ideal chance to engage with potential new collaborators in the dosimetry industry.
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 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 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)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.