Advanced Sensing and Quantum Technologies
Delivering innovative sensor and monitoring systems for remote operations
The ability to sense is fundamental to engineering operations, scientific exploration and society wellbeing. Modern intelligent systems often integrate a range of sensors, distributed over a wide area, to enable control of operational tasks. As such, there is a great need for innovative sensing techniques as well as innovative application of sensors.
The Advanced Sensing Technology group’s goal is to enable the next generation of sensing technologies needed to solve remote operational challenges, with a focus on agriculture, environment, infrastructure and asset health monitoring, mining resource exploration, offshore drilling, and airborne remote sensing.
Our work is central to the worldwide microtechnology revolution. We work to develop reliable, economical sensing technologies, with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution, appropriate for the operational environment. We are also creating sensor technologies that are as thin as a human hair, can withstand strong shocks and vibrations, consume almost no power, and are capable of being deployed in harsh environments.
Some of the current projects our group is working on include:
- Infrastructure and Operations
- Novel Sensor Materials
- Infrared MEMS Sensors
- Sensor Applications
- The Science of Discovery
Our Research Projects
Infrastructure and Operations
- Australian Nanofabrication Facility, WA Node
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems
- Atomic Layer Deposition Facility for IR and MEMS Technologies
Novel Sensor Materials
- Band engineered heterostructures for next generation HgCdTe infrared photodetectors
- Carrier Mobility Distributions: New Insights into Fundamental Electronic Transport in Advanced Semiconductor Structures
- Plasmon mode lasers; smaller, faster, better
- HgCdSe: A novel II-VI semiconductor material for next generation infrared technologies
- Unravelling complex electronic transport phenomena in type-II superlattices
- Defect engineering in MBE- grown HgCdTe materials on CdZnTe substrates
- Study of Magnetic and Electronic Properties of Isotopically Pure Materials at Low Temperatures with Application to Quantum Physics
- Transformation Dual Phase Synergy for Unprecedented Superelasticity
Infrared MEMS Sensors
- MEMS metamaterials for spectroscopic imaging from infrared to terahertz
- Transistor-based sensor technology for fast, reliable and accurate in situ monitoring of recycled wastewater
- A new technology platform for high speed, high sensitivity thermal imaging
- Bio-Inspired Sniffer Chips
- Portable methane sensors
- Airbone imaging and spectroscopy for detection of improvised threats
- Concept Feasibility Study
- Towards Zero-Energy Sensing Systems for Building Monitoring
The Science of Discovery
- Precision tests of fundamental physics at the electroweak unification scale
- Precision Low Energy Experiments to Search for New Physics
- Magnonic solutions for future logic and sensors of Internet of Things ARC Discovery (Application): Magneto-electronic hydrogen gas sensor
- Magneto-electronic hydrogen gas sensor
Our Research Areas
Frequency and Quantum Metrology
Research in this area aims to build instruments with world-class precision and performance that can be used to make measurements of high value and interest in both fundamental physics and more practical applications.
Many modern developments in today's society are based on high-quality clocks and oscillators: the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite system, radar, optical fibre communications, even mobile phones. The group's goal is to develop new frequency standards and technologies with two endpoints in mind: to improve systems that are based on high-quality clocks and oscillators (such as those listed above), and to use these as precision tools to test the foundations of physics.
We are dedicated to commercialising our inventions and thus hold patents in conjunction with industry. Our research programs include strong international and industrial collaborations.
Research projects within Frequency and Quantum Metrology cover a broad spectrum of interests, ranging from engineering to fundamental physics. Projects include:
- Quantum Metrology within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS).
- Advancing the Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator one of the world's most stable frequency sources.
- The Ytterbium Lattice Clock.
- Space applications: Ground Station for the European Space Agency's ACES mission.
- Low noise frequency and phase synthesis and measurement techniques.
- Testing Lorentz invariance by measuring speed of light isotropy, in collaboration with Humboldt University of Berlin.
- Measurement of electronic and magnetic properties of materials.
- Novel high-Q microwave and millimetre wave resonators.
- Laboratory based searches for Weakly Interacting Slim Particles.
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