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Photonics: Making Light Work

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2022 NSW SCIENCE & RESEARCH BREAKFAST SEMINAR SERIES

Professor Judith Dawes from Macquarie University presents:

PHOTONICS: MAKING LIGHT WORK

Photonics is the science and technology of light, and photonics-enabled technologies currently underpin about 10 per cent of the global economy.

Professor Judith Dawes is Director of MQ Photonics Research Centre at Macquarie University. Judith will show the myriad ways that photonics contributes to our society, including in communications, sensing, advanced manufacturing, defence and healthcare. Judith will discuss how:

  • light carries information to our eyes as images, with relevance to areas from healthcare to security
  • by using light to carry information, optical fibres form the backbone of our internet, delivering ever-increasing amounts of data 'at the speed of light'
  • light carries information in free space, for example where radio and microwave communications offer insufficient bandwidth or are deemed insecure
  • certain wavelengths (colours) of light can be used to detect and quantify chemicals - from cancer biomarkers to pollutants
  • light delivers energy, making lasers versatile tools for surgery and dentistry.

Join Professor Judith Dawes when she presents, ‘Photonics: Making Light Work’.

ABOUT THE EVENT

The 2022 NSW Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament of New South Wales, Sydney.

Entry is via Macquarie Street, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am.

The seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will be available afterwards.

For further information, please call (02) 9228 5762.

A VIDEO OF THIS SEMINAR AND PREVIOUS NSW SCIENCE & RESEARCH BREAKFAST SEMINARS MAY BE VIEWED HERE.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Judith Dawes

Professor of Physics and Director of MQ Photonics Research Centre at Macquarie University.

Judith researches light interactions at the nanoscale to develop applications of nanotechnology for communications and sensing. Her research achievements include the invention of a new nonlinear optical laser material, Yb:YAB, and the invention of a laser-cured protein solder for microsurgery.

Judith obtained her BSc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Sydney and also studied at the University of Rochester (NY). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto before joining Macquarie University.

She serves as Director at Large (2022–2024) for Optica (formerly OSA), the leading international optical society. Judith also previously served as Treasurer for Science and Technology Australia and President of the Australian Optical Society.

Judith was a chief investigator in CUDOS, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, and is a Fellow of Optica, SPIE and the Royal Society of NSW.

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