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)
Terrific to see IPAS’ research highlighted in a exhibition at the Australian embassy in Washington DC – fantastic acknowledgement of groundbreaking research!
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and team!
Cross-section of a hollow-core soft glass fibre. It guides light through the black air holes, rather than the grey glass areas. This is also the first fibre that can guide high-intensity mid-infrared light, giving it applications in the medical and defence fields as a sensor for liquids and gases.
Size: the central hole is 24 micrometres across.
Two female IPAS researchers were recognised in the University’s inaugural Women’s Research Excellence Awards.A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for her research in the field of optical glasses and fibres and A/Prof Yvonne Stokes for research in applied mathematics.
They each were awarded $5k to spend on activities which support their research in 2015. Congratulations to both scientists on this well deserved award.