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Timely Success to Build High-Performance Clocks

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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.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Visit

IPAS researcher Dr Stephen Warren-Smith and project manager, Tim Nelson recently visited Mitsubishi Heavy Industry (MHI) in Nagasaki, Japan.

During the visit, Stephen and Tim met with MHI staff to discuss the progression  of the high temperature fibre sensor project, including delivery of the first prototype.

Included in the visit was a tour of the Mitsubishi History Museum,  with Research Managers Mr Kohei Kawazoe and Mr Shigenari Horie acting as excellent tour guides.

Overall,  the visit was positive, well received and the project continues to make excellent progress against its milestones.

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Kohei Kawazoe, Tim Nelson, Shigenari Horie and Stephen Warren-Smith at the Mitsubishi History Museum.

pH Probe for Cancer Diagnostics One Step Closer to Clinical Trials

A probe, developed within IPAS and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), that allows the real-time detection of differences in pH (indicative of healthy vs. cancer tissue) was featured in Flinders University news.

Funding from the State Government’s Medical Technologies Program has allowed a team involving Dr Erik Schartner, Prof Mark Hutchinson, Prof Grantley Gill and Dr Elizaveta Klantsataya to work with biomedical engineers within Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) to bring the technology one step closer to clinical trials.

More information can be found on the Flinders University news page.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sapphire Clock’s JORNey

Andre LuitenMartin O’ConnorFred Baynes and Waddah Al-Ashwal, members of the Sapphire Clock team, recently visited the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) near Laverton, WA. The JORN site is part of the Australian Airforce’s monitoring and surveillance, covering between 1000-3000km of local and international airspace.  

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; such as radar technology used at JORN.
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