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The Laser CRC will deliver breakthrough advances in laser technology with direct application to industry.

Join a vibrant sovereign ecosystem to access, experiment with, develop and manufacture a wide and innovative range of laser-based systems and techniques.


Lasers are all around us - in our computer mice and mobile phones, our internet, our industries - cutting, welding, surface texturing - our art and heritage. They match twenty-first century needs - flexible, contactless energy delivery, low- toxicity, energy efficient. They are changing the way we live and stretching the limits of our imagination. The Laser CRC will power a renaissance in high technology Australian manufacturing, build new industries around specialised lasers, reduce asset maintenance and restoration costs in key Australian sectors, and provide a new cadre of highly trained laser specialists to industry.


To establish a visionary and enduring Australian laser-based high tech industry that provides competitive manufacturing advantages and laser-based products both domestically and internationally. We aim to make cutting-edge laser technology the pre-eminent solution for new challenges in areas such as manufacturing industries, national security, health care and asset maintenance.


To establish Australia as a leader in advance laser technologies, connecting Australian industry needs with academic expertise to deliver breakthrough laser innovations that change how we live and work.


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    A/Prof Stephen Madden

    Laser Physics Centre
    The Australian National University

    Acting CEO

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    Prof Andrei Rode

    Laser Physics Centre
    The Australian National University

    Acting CTO

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    Dr Ludovic Rapp

    Laser Physics Centre
    The Australian National University

    Acting Research Director

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    Dr Ksenia Maximova

    Laser Physics Centre
    The Australian National University

    Bid Coordinator

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      Program 1 will develop innovative laser components and systems.

      Developing new laser architectures, scalable from low to high power
      Building integrated and autonomous systems

      Program 2 will develop and customise laser interactions for specialised applications including high throughput and/or high precision processes.

      Develop advanced ablative laser techniques
      Developing advanced additive / modification processing
      Developing new opportunities for laser processing

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      Program 3 will combine advancements in Programs 1 and 2 to enable applications of lasers across different industry sectors including but not limited to:

      Asset Cleaning, Maintenance and Conservation
      Medical Application and Diagnostics
      Clean, Safe and Renewable Energies
      Space Applications
      Defence Applications
      Aerospace and Automotive Applications
      Laser-based Instrumentation
      Novel Machining, Customised Production / Speciality Services

     The transformative Laser CRC will leverage a broad range of world-leading Australian laser technologies in areas such as mid-infrared lasers, active photonic hybrid integration, ultrafast lasers and processing, exotic rare-earth doped materials, multiphoton processing, non-linear optical devices, semiconductor laser technology, special glasses/ceramics and microstructured fibres. This will be accomplished by teaming with leading academic groups with established industry players, and drawing on Australian and international expertise through our network of institutional partners.

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    • Visit of former Australian Senator Kate Lundy
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      Kate Lundy, former Australian Senator representing the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), shared exciting thoughts on politics and laser innovation with us today at the ANU Laser Physics lab.
      Kate Lundy was the ACT Defence Industry Advocate from 2016 – 2018, and assisted the ACT Government to establish the Defence Industry Advisory Board and the program of work under the Defence Industry Strategy. Following the success of this work, Kate has been appointed to the Defence Industry Advisory Board as a Defence Ambassador, to continue to work with defence businesses, government and our education institutions to promote the exceptional capabilities of defence companies in the Canberra Region to assist to further grow and diversify the Canberra region economy.
      Ms Lundy was a Federal Senator for the ACT for 20 years, holding a number of portfolios relating to technology, innovation, sport and multicultural affairs before retiring in 2015. Since 2015, Ms Lundy has been appointed to the boards of the National Roads and Motoring Association (NRMA), The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Australian Sports Technology Network and the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute.

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    • Visit of ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Keith Nugent
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      Professor Keith Nugent, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the Australian National University (ANU), visited the Laser Physics lab and shared his strong support for laser innovation with us today.
      Prof Nugent is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and systems to achieve the University's strategic goals in research and innovation.
      Professor Nugent's ANU webpage:

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    • New Laser to Help Clear the Sky of Space Debris
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      Space debris is a major threat to the $US700 billion of space infrastructure delivering vital services around the globe each day. With laser guide star adaptive optics, this infrastructure now has a new line of defense.
      The optics that focus and direct the guide star laser have been developed by the ANU researchers with colleagues from Electro Optic Systems (EOS), RMIT University, Japan, and the USA as part of the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC). “That’s why this development is such an important breakthrough when it comes to our efforts to clear our night skies of the ever-increasing clutter of space debris.” The EOS guide star laser and the ANU adaptive optics systems are located at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, Australia. The ANU researchers will now work with EOS to test the new technology and apply it to a range of other applications including laser communications between the Earth and space. It’s an exciting development that will help to safeguard the wide range of vital applications of space technology in the 21st century.
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      Artist’s impression of space debris in orbit around the Earth. Credit: ESA

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    • Laser Cleaning of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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      Victoria Zinnecker could never have predicted her career path. First designing textiles for acoustics, which became developing fire-retardant curtains. Then she decided to go back to study, working on a development project on the Ford Mustang. Which, before long, morphed into a project to clean the Sydney Harbour Bridge with lasers. Victoria found herself becoming a laser physicist, to research how much energy each laser pulse should have, how frequently pulses can be delivered without heat building up or interference effects and so on. Doing this aspect of her project with the Laser Physics Centre at the Research School of Physics, it was a short step into the Sydney Harbour Bridge project. "If you understand how the laser interacts with metal you can clean or make textures - it's the same approach."

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    • Laser Cleaning of stone for heritage preservation
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      Ultrafast pulse lasers have come to the fore in recent years as powerful tools to remove materials from various surfaces, including in the conservation of cultural heritage, where the removal of dirt and other unwanted materials from original surfaces is a considerable challenge. Removing impurities or pollutants from heritage such as artworks or buildings can increase stability and longevity, and may be necessary to restore their aesthetic appearance.
      We explore the properties of ultrashort pulse lasers (USP) when ablating Australian granitic stones in ambient air.
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    • Ultrafast laser cleaning – The light touch
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      A recent successful collaboration activity with CGA (Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics, ANU) for the Australian National Fabrication Facility network is the large-scale fast cleaning of an essential part for their Ion Beam Sputter system (IBS). Maintenance work on IBS system requires the removal of excess material. The grids must be cleaned with the utmost care. Any deformation may significantly change the ion beam's profile. This cleaning is either performed with concentrated hydrofluoric acid (dangerous and producing toxic waste), or sandblasting (significant risk of deforming the grids). ULC avoids all these technological obstacles within a processing time of only few minutes.
      Faster, safer, more precise, ULC is an ideal alternative for material removal.
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    You can find us at the Laser Physics Centre in the Australian National University.

    Laser Physics Centre,
    Research School of Physics 

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