AusIMPACT 2021

The AusIMPACT Workshop was held on the 29th and 30th September 2021 with participants from around the world. Recording of all the presentations and discussion can be found on Youtube at the link below.


The Details

Connect. Learn. Grow.

Welcome to AusIMPACT21, the first Australian workshop on Integrated Microcavities for Photonic Applications of Comb Technology! Our aim is to bring together leading researchers from academia, industry and elsewhere in comb science and technology and their applications to keep track of progress in comb research and to identify future opportunities. The program, which is anchored around Prof. Andre Luiten from the University of Adelaide, is an exciting mixture of front-line results covering theory, materials and fabrication and applications in information processing metrology, and astronomy. We hope to see you on Zoom on 29 and 30 September!




Registration and Welcome

Wednesday 29th - 9:00 am to 9:30 am

Chair: Martijn De Sterke

9:00 to 9:25 - Get connected and technical checkout.

9:25 to 9:30 - Introduction and Welcome to Country

Principles and fabrication I

Wednesday 29th - 9:30 am to 12pm

Chair: Moritz Merklein

9:30-10:00 AM - Dave Moss (Swinburne) - High Bandwidth Applications of Kerr Microcombs.

10:00-10:30 AM - Mengjie Yu (Harvard) - Integrated lithium niobate platform for frequency comb generation.

10:30-10:45 AM - Morning Tea

Chair: Irina Kabakova

10:45-11:15 AM - Scott Diddams (NIST) - Synthesizing Light.

11:15-11:45 AM - Arnan Mitchell (RMIT) - Frequency comb systems on a chip: driving opportunities, emerging building blocks and remaining challenges.

11:45-12:15 PM - Baohua Jia (Swinburne) - Atomaterials for on-chip photonic devices.


Wednesday 29th - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Chair: Antoine Runge

2:00-2:30 PM - Antoine Roland (IMRA) - Kerr Soliton based low noise millimetre-wave oscillator.

2:30-3:00 PM  - Allison Kealy (RMIT) - Applications of precision measurements

3:00-3:30 PM -  Bill Corcoran (Monash) - Microcombs for ultradense optical communications

3:30-3:45 PM - Afternoon Tea

Astronomy I

Wednesday 29th - 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

Chair: Chris Betters

3:45-4:15 PM - Joss Bland-Hawthorn (USYD) - Increasing the light output of photonic combs.

4:15-4:45 pm - Tilo Steinmetz (Menlo Systems) - Laser Frequency Combs for spectrograph calibration'

Principles and fabrication II

Wednesday 29th - 4:45 to 5:15pm

Chair: Allison Kealy

4:45-5:15 PM - Alessia Pasquazi (University of Sussex) - Microcombs based on filter-driven four wave mixing: laser cavity solitons and their properties


Wednesday 29 - 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM

Chair: Allison Kealy

5:15-5:45 PM - Irina Kabakova (UTS) - Tutorial: Dual-comb spectroscopy for rapid probing vibrational states in materials.

Wrap-up and Discussion

Wednesday 29th - 5:45 PM to 6:00 PM

Chair: Martijn De Sterke

Wrap up and discussion of the day.

Astronomy II

Thursday 30th - 9:30 AM to 12 PM

Chair: Barnaby Norris

9:30-10:30 AM - Andre Luiten (The University of Adelaide) - Keynote: Optical combs and Optical Clocks

10:30-11:00 AM - Chris Tinney (UNSW) - Why astronomers want frequency combs, and how we use them.

11:00-11:30 AM - Michael Murphy (Swinburne) - Astrocombs: Applications and Challenges

11:30-12:00 PM - Stephanie Leifer (Aerospace Corporation) - Wavelength Calibration for EPRV Detection of Exoplanets

Wrap-up and Discussion

Thursday 30th - 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Chair: Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Wrap up and discussion of the workshop.

Organising Committee


Martijn De Sterke

IPOS, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Barnaby Norris

Astralis/SIFA/IPOS, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Moritz Merklein

IPOS, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Antoine Runge

IPOS, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Christopher Betters

SAIL/SIFA/IPOS, School of Physics, University of Sydney


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