Dr Chris Perrella (Precision Measurement Group) was recently awarded a Global Connections Fund Priming Grant. The purpose of the grant is to facilitate collaborations between Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers.
This Project will develop a compact high-performance optical clock for ultra-precise timing signals by bringing together Australia’s foremost precision measurement laboratory at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), the University of Adelaide, and links it to the world’s leading company in optical precision measurement technology, Menlo Systems GmbH.
The compact high-performance optical clock has potential applications in: communication networks; telecommunications; global positioning systems (GPS); and inertial navigation systems.
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:
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.
Dr 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.