Member recruit event and Student seminar

Firstly, please join us to congratulate Matthew Parry and Jingshi Yan. They are travelling to USA for SPIE and OSA conferences funded by student chapter. We appreciate your significant contribution with a small reward.


Our OSA-SPIE student chapter is gaining significant fame in Research School of Physics and Engineering. This chapter has organised several events under Photonics Vitality, such as workshops; outreach program; boot camp and seminars. These achievements are possible because of member’s involvement in the chapter. We hope to continue the good work and bring in more members. In regards, we had arranged member recruit event along with student seminar on 7th of March at Department of Quantum Science. In pursuit of recruiting members, Shridhar Manjunath presented a brief introduction about our chapter activities and benefits.


As part of student seminar, Matthew Parry presented his works on Metasurfaces for quantum applications. He explains it as, “Metasurfaces – From beam steering to infrared vision and quantum states”. With his brilliant talk Matthew shared his research ideas with researchers of DQS. Hopefully this results in fruitful research collaborations for him. With this event, our chapter gained significant attention of students from DQS. Also, we provided lunch and drinks for all the attendees.

Reporting to you -Shridhar Manjunath



A World of Waves and Resonances: Nanophotonics Boot Camp


Welcome you all to 2019, hope you had good holidays.

Outreach program was one of the most highlighted event during last year. OSA-SPIE student chapter arranged multiple school outreach programs both in Canberra and rural Australia. We received grant from SPIE to conduct boot camp. The program was intended to invite school students to have hands on experience with optical components. The boot camp was conducted using National youth Science forum 2019 platform. There were two different boot camp sessions on 4th and 18th of Jan, around 50 students attended each session.


The boot camp was aimed to provide basic understanding of diffraction, interference and resonance. With the use of mini ripple tank and small presentation, we demonstrated basic properties of light. Later, students had hands on experience to use optical components to obtain interference and diffraction. Thanks to Andrew Papworth, we were able to build Fabry-Perot Interferometer to show resonance. This gave picture of frequency space and applications of resonance in real world.

As part of the boot camp they were invited to research labs, and to have a quick peek of what experimental research looks like. Hopefully, some of them embark on this research carrier. Many students said, they never had opportunity to learn light properties in practical.

The joy in the student eyes are worth more than thousand words” – Shridhar Manjunath

Very good start to this year activities, let us keep the spirits up and continue on the good work from last year.

Photonics Vitality Workshop 2018

On the 7th of December the OSA and SPIE student chapters at the Australian National University (ANU) hosted a workshop on the latest advances in nonlinear and quantum photonics, titled “Photonics Vitality.”  The workshop was organised by the members of the student chapters with the encouragement of Professors Yuri Kivshar and Dragomir Neshev of the Research School of Physics and Engineering at ANU.  By taking advantage of the large number of international visitors to Australia at this time of year we were able to produce a workshop with talks by world leaders in the field of photonics.


The day began with a talk by Prof. Zhigang Chen of San Francisco State University in the USA & Nankai University in China on the topic of tunable optical nonlinearity in biological suspensions.  He was followed by ANU’s Prof. Yuri Kivshar who gave an overview of all-dielectric photonics with Mie-resonant nanostructures and metasurfaces. This was then followed by Prof. David Moss of Swinburne University in Australia talking about Microwave and RF applications of micro-combs, and then Dr. Alexander Poddubny from ANU spoke about nonlinear and topological photonics.


After morning tea the second session began with a description by Prof. Roberto Morandotti of INRS in Canada of integrated quantum frequency combs. ANU’s Assoc. Prof. Andrey Sukhorukov then discussed recent research on shaping and imaging quantum light with metasurfaces. Also from ANU, Dr. Rose Ahlefeldt spoke on the use of rare earth materials for microwave to optical conversion and PhD student Mr. Kai Wang explained the synthetic dimensions and frequency state reconstruction of spectral photonic lattices.


After lunch the third session began with Prof. Roland Schiek of OTH Regensburg in Germany who spoke about Akhmediev breathers in optical slab waveguides.
He was followed by Dr. Falk Eilenberger of Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany who discussed semiconducting 2D materials as a nano-sandbox for fundamental physics and a new platform for optical coatings, light emission and quantum light sources. Then, Dr. Alexander Solntsev of the University of Technology Sydney gave a talk on Sum-Frequency and Photon-Pair Generation in AlGaAs Nano-Disks. Also from the University of Technology Sydney, Dr. Sejeong Kim spoke on Hexagonal Boron Nitride Photonics. Finally, two PhD students from ANU, Mr. Tobias Vogl and Mr. Kirill Koshelev, gave talks on next-generation single-photon sources in 2D materials for satellite-based quantum communication and then meta optics and bound states in the continuum respectively.


The final session began with ANU’s Prof. Dragomir Neshev giving an overview of the field of biosensing with optical metasurfaces. Then Assoc. Prof.Aloyse Degiron of CNRS and Universite Paris Diderot in France spoke on optoelectronics of colloidal quantum dots hybridized with optical antennas. This was followed by Assoc. Prof. Andrey Miroshnichenko of the University of New South Wales in Australia speaking on lightning up silicon nanoparticles. Dr. Chengjun Zou of Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany then gave a talk about tunable optical dielectric metasurfaces which are  acilitated by the photoalignment of liquid crystals. Dr. Valerio Flavio Gili of Laboratoire MPQ at Universite Paris Diderot in France spoke about all-dielectric nanophotonics with AlGaAs-on-AlOx structures. The final talk for the workshop was given by Mr. Zelio Fusco  PhD student at ANU who spoke about nanostructured dielectric fractals on resonant  lasmonic metasurfaces for selective and sensitive optical sensing of volatile compounds.

After the talks the participants enjoyed a dinner of Turkish cuisine over which we discussed the many topics explored during the workshop.

“Student chapter forum” seminar series

From 1 May to 23 May, the student chapter launched our new seminar platform “Student chapter forum,” with three sessions. 

Dr. Luca Carletti, from Università degli Studi di Brescia in Italy, gave the first lecture of the forum on the first of May.  His topic was ” Nonlinear nanophotonics driven by Mie type resonances in all-dielectric nanoresonators”. 


On the same day, Ms. Natalia Morais, a PhD visiting student from Paris Diderot University in France, gave the second lecture on “High-contrast AlGaAs nonlinear integrated photonics”. 


The second session on the eighth of May featured a lecture by Mr. Davide Rocco, a PhD visiting student from Università degli Studi di Brescia in Italy.  His lecture was on the subject of “Linear and nonlinear nanophotonics in AlGaAs nanocylinders”. 


The third session, on 23 May, began with a lecture by Mr. Valerio Flavio Gili, a PhD visiting student from Paris Diderot University in France, on the subject of “Nonlinear nanophotonics on AlGaAs-on-AlOx monolithic platform”. 


Dr. Niccolo Somaschi from Quandela, France gave the final lecture on  “Accelerating optical quantum technologies with quantum-dot based devices”.


The Student Chapter Forum aims at providing a platform for photonics students and early career researchers to scientifically interact. The Forum, under the new title of “Photonics Vitality”, will become an anual event as one of the key activities of our chapter.


Workshop: Nanophotonics 2018 – The Next Frontier

On 6&7 March, 2018, the ANU OSA-SPIE student chapter co-organized a scientific workshop entitled “Nanophotonics 2018 – The next Frontier” at ANU. The workshop featured over 30 international and domestic invited speakers who are experts in the field of nanophotonics.  Speakers included Prof. Nader Engheta from University of Pennsylvania, USA, Prof. Harald Giessen from Stuttgart University, Germany, and Prof. Shuang Zhang from University of Birmingham, UK. 


National Youth Science Forum Visit

As a part of the National Youth Science Forum program some bright high school students visited the Research School of Physics and Engineering at ANU on the 5th of January. To encourage them to pursue a bachelors degree in science the SPIE and OSA ANU student chapters organised some lectures on polarisation and diffraction.




Students were eager to apply what they learned in the lecturers, so they took a photo when a diffraction grating was placed in front of the camera too!