Archive for March 2009

New postions available – expired

March 12, 2009

The CoEP will soon be part of the new Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).  IPAS will be a transdisciplinary entity, building on the University of Adelaide’s leadership in photonics and optical fibre research. Federal funding of $28.8m will provide a new building to accommodate the rapid growth of IPAS.

As part of the expansion we are seeking persons in the roles of laboratory management and strategic development. Both positions represent an exciting oppurtunity to be part of a leading optical fibre research centre worldwide.

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Nanophotonics in optical fibres

March 11, 2009

Nanophotonics is the study of how light behaves at a nanometre scale. It is a field that has only recently emerged mainly due to the fact that it has only been recently possible to fabricate devices on such a small scale (podcast).

The cutting-edge fibre fabrication facilities at the CoEP enable us to manufacture fibres that are at scales where they behave as ‘rails’ for light – as opposed to the more traditional ‘pipe’ guidance.

Prof Monro discusses this concept further, along with some applications of nanoscale fibres, in a talk given at a forum on nanotechnology, held by the Australian Office of Nanotechnology in Canberra, Dec 2008.

The result of a soft glass extrusion. This macroscopic 'preform' is then drawn down into a fibre with the same structure but many orders of magnitude smaller in dimension.

The result of a soft glass extrusion. This macroscopic 'preform' is then drawn down into a fibre with the same structure but many orders of magnitude smaller in dimension.

Special visit: the governor of South Australia visits the CoEP

March 2, 2009

On Thurdsay the 26th March the Governor of South Australia His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR visited the CoEP.

Governor Scarce was given a tour of the CoEP’s glass and fibre fabrication facilities  along with the fibre sensing and characterisation labs where he was provided with an insight into some of the processes behind the cutting-edge research that goes on at the CoEP.

The Govenor with Prof Monro as she describes an aspect of the CoEP's research.

The Govenor with Prof Monro as she describes an aspect of the CoEP's research.

Afterwards there was an informal gathering where the Govenor chatted to members of the CoEP and other members of the Science faculty over coffee and biscuits.

Govenor Scarce chats with CoEP and faculty members.

Govenor Scarce chats with CoEP and Faculty members.