Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160101691 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

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Researchers A/Prof Michael Steel; Prof Benjamin Eggleton; A/Prof Christopher Poulton; Prof Dr Graham Reed; A/Prof Anna Peacock

Brief description Combining new concepts in the theory of nonlinear optics with advanced experiments, this project aims to develop smart waveguides that bind sound and light tightly together. Laser light and sound waves seem worlds apart, but in the right conditions we can make them interact: sound can change the colour of light. Harnessing this control of light in tiny waveguides on semiconductor chips would enable the development of unique and useful optical devices, but trapping sound in chips is tremendously difficult. By exploiting untapped material properties, the project seeks to break limits on the freedom and strength of interactions between light and sound. Project outcomes may establish a new class of optical chips for optical sensing and analysis in fields from security to communications to the biosciences.

Funding Amount $552,001

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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