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Cryogenic Sapphire Clock

The culmination of 20 years of leading-edge fundamental research, combined with cutting-edge engineering, has led to a disruptive technology that is now revolutionizing a vital Australian defence asset. The sapphire clock offers a 1000-fold improvement in timing precision, which delivers an improved ability for Australian Defence to identify threats to Australia using the Jindalee Over-The-Horizon Radar Network.

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High Power Durability of Soft Glasses for Laser Applications

Prof Heike Ebendorff- Heidepriem and Associate Professor Martin O’Connor have received funding from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate the fundamental limit of achievable laser power for mid-infrared transmitting soft glasses. The project focuses on four different glass types using established glass compositions and fabrication procedures developed at IPAS: fluoroindate, fluorozirconate, germanate and tellurite; with the aim to develop a range of new high gain doped materials towards enabling the realisation of new laser and amplifier systems with enhanced operating parameters.

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Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing

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The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005


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