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Vol 28, Issue 1:
March 2014

This issue showcases the best of Australian photonics. Tailor-made single photon sources, Australia-China green photonics, Australian diamond machining, ANZCOP conference success and even a surprise visit from a KOALA! All this and much more can be found in this edition of the AOS News!

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UWA Researcher wins SPIE Startup Challenge

SPIE hosted its the 4th Annual Startup Challenge for photonics technology at Photonics West February 2014. Eight Finalists pitched for the grand prize, with University of Western Australia’s Robert McLaughlin taking first prize with – Microscope-in-a-needle: World’s smallest surgical guidance probe. The technology is a miniature OCT probe that fits inside a needle. It can be used to assist surgeons to find the edge of a cancer tumors during removal, reducing the rate of patients requiring repeat surgery.

Second prize was awarded to Nicholas Durr at MIT and PlenOptika for his device to determine eyeglass prescriptions economically to improve eye care in developing countries. Third prize went to Amos Danielli at MagBiosense for a heart biosensor.

The pitches can be viewed online here on the SPIE website.


The submission deadline for the 7th OSA International Photonics and Opto-Electronics Meeting (POEM) in Wuhan, China is rapidly approaching (5th March). This conference is focussed on Optoelectronic Devices and Integration (OEDI) and Fiber-Based Technologies and Applications (FBTA).

The conference is located in Wuhan – China’s ‘Optical Valley’ (inspired by Silicon Valley) and is thus an excellent opportunity for Australian’s to interact with international delegates and also gain an appreciation for China’s vibrant photonics research and commercialisation communities.

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Public Lecture: Confocal microscopy: past, present and future

6:30pm Wednesday 4 December
Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne

Professor Colin Sheppard, Italian Institute of Technology will speak about the dramatic impact Confocal microscopy has made a on biomedical imaging, in particular, but also in other areas such as industrial inspection and new developments such as focal modulation microscopy and image-scanning microscopy. More details here

AOS Networking Breakfast at ANZCOP

8 am – 8:45 am, Tuesday 10 December
Exhibition Area, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges

Meet other AOS members for an informal get-together over breakfast of pastries, fruit, tea and espresso coffee before the plenary session on Tuesday 10 December. Celebrating the society’s 30th anniversary, this will be an excellent opportunity to meet with students, industry, academics and members of the AOS Council to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the field, and how the AOS can assist the community.

All AOS Members welcome. Please RSVP by clicking here.

AOS AGM and Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture

The AGM of the Australian Optical Society is called for 3.30pm Monday 4th November, 2013 in Lecture Theatre 4 the Chemistry Building, The University of Sydney. (Check the Campus map for directions). Nominations for positions on the AOS Council are also open – contact the Secretary, John Holdsworth for more information. Afternoon tea will be provided.

The AGM will be followed by the Peter Domachuk Memorial lecture at 5:00pm and a reception at 6:00pm in the nearby Eastern Avenue Complex, The University of Sydney. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register click here.

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