New Australian Research Centre Pursues Photonics

July 21, 2003
Sydney, Australia, July 21, 2003. A new collaboration between Australia's leading optical communications experts will develop photonic chips. CUDOS - the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems -- has been established with A$11.5 million of funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to undertake fundamental research aimed at underpinning the development of photonic chips

Sydney, Australia, July 21, 2003. A new collaboration between Australia's leading optical communications experts will develop photonic chips. CUDOS - the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems -- has been established with A$11.5 million of funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to undertake fundamental research aimed at underpinning the development of photonic chips.

The Centre is a collaboration between the University of Sydney, the Australian National University (ANU), the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Macquarie University, Swinburne University of Technology and CSIRO.

Over A$40 million of cash and in kind support will be provided by the ARC, the State Government of New South Wales and the collaborators. Around 70 researchers will be involved in the exciting research programs of the Centre.

ARC Federation Fellow Professor Ben Eggleton has returned from a directorial position with Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories to head the Centre at the University of Sydney.

"This is a tremendously exciting opportunity," Professor Eggleton said. "We have a strong and exciting vision, and to accomplish it we are combining six strong research groups with tremendous experimental infrastructure and well-established theoretical programs, and building brand new capabilities in micro-photonic device development."

"We also have established formal collaborative links with researchers in the US, Japan and Europe."

The Centre will demonstrate all-optical processing applications and devices for ultra-high bandwidth optical systems. These will derive from fundamental research in the most exciting and vibrant areas of photonics science-non-linear optical materials leading to nonlinear optical devices, photonic crystals, micro-structured optical fibres and micro-photonics.

For more information, contact Professor Ben Eggleton +612 9351 3604, mailto:[email protected], or visit www.cudos.org.au .

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