Experimental physics research of any flavour focuses on pushing the limits of what can be measured. IPAS creates the opportunity to invent and harness new tools for measurement to address many of the current exciting big questions in science. Many of the challenges we face as a society can only be solved by pursuing a transdisciplinary approach that brings together experimental physicists, chemists, material scientists, biologists, experimentally driven theoretical scientists and medical researchers to create new sensing and measurement technologies. This is the vision of IPAS. We work to create new tools that will change the questions scientists can ask, stimulate the creation of new industries, and create a new profession of transdisciplinary problem solvers.
Single Nanocrystal Sensitivity Achieved by Enhanced Upconversion Luminescence
In collaboration with Macquarie and Peking universities IPAS researchers have found a way to make upconverting nano crystals 70% brighter, paving the way for improvements in applications from biosensing to security inks and with potential to remove barriers which currently limit the sensitivity of sensors. View the full article which appears on the IPAS blog.
IPAS annual report for 2012
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The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing has been founded on the success of the Centre of Expertise in Photonics, a joint centre of the University of Adelaide and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the recognition of the importance that new forms of advanced sensing will play in the world [IPAS brochure].
Part of this recognition has been the award of $29M from EIF for construction of a new headquarters for IPAS, The Braggs. This has been further supplemented by $5M from Government of South Australia and other monies from DSTO and NCRIS schemes.
The recently completed facilities within The Braggs include glass development and processing, optical fibre fabrication, laser and device development, luminescence dating, environmental genomics, photonic sensor development, and synthetic, surface and biochemistry, bringing together IPAS researchers and students from a broad range of scientific disciplines.