Focus on miniaturised optical systems
Professor Francesca Iacopi is one of three UTS researchers appointed Chief Investigators to the newly funded ($34.9 million) Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS).
She joins UTS Science Professors Igor Aharonovich and Milos Toth in contributing their specialist knowledge in, respectively, nano-fabrication, atomically thin materials, and quantum photonics to a national research program of light-based research and development.
TMOS brings together a trans-disciplinary team of world-leaders in science, technology and engineering to develop the next generation of miniaturised optical systems, examining the interaction of light with nano-materials for smaller, faster devices, and translating this research into innovative technologies for use in transport, health, security, defence, agriculture, entertainment and education.
Concepts familiar from science fiction - optical systems thinner than a human hair, smaller, smarter, faster and cheaper wearable optical sensors that monitor our health, holographic displays and augmented reality for more immersive and powerful education - could become fact.
UTS node leader and TMOS outreach director Professor Aharonovich said the UTS team will build on their research into solid-state materials that emit single photon pulses of light.
Our discoveries into materials that are one atom thick but have unique photonic and opto-electronic properties will enable miniaturised ultrafast photonic devices and advance the highly sought after light generation at the nanoscale.
Prof Iacopi’s work translates advances in nanomaterial into implementable technologies. She will contribute her expertise in graphene on silicon carbide on silicon as a metamaterial for advanced optical detectors and absorbers, sensors and waveguides with extreme confinement.
The funding and collaboration will help us to transform advances in photonics and material science into revolutionary technologies in optics. This can bring us further towards the realisation of the much sought-after photonics and electronics integration on a chip.
TMOS collaboration with meta-optics experts in Australia and internationally also has great benefit for Prof Iacopi’s team from the School of Electrical and Data Engineering, which includes A/Professor Arti Agrawal as an Associate Investigator.
Prof Iacopi will also chair the TMOS Industry Liaison committee, complementing her ongoing role and activities in the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS), to facilitate the industrial uptake and integration of novel meta-optical systems.
About the CoE:
The Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems will be led by Professor Dragomir Neshev at ANU (Director) and Professor Kenneth Crozier from the University of Melbourne (Deputy Director). It will include nodes at ANU, the University of Melbourne, RMIT, UTS and UWA.