Light is essential to our daily lives—in fact, new light-based technologies are helping to find solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Various optical devices can convert light into electrons, plasmons and different coloured light (other photons). These effects can be used in a range of applications, including medical imaging and diagnosis, telecommunications, energy and water purification. Our work in medical imaging includes the development of advanced holographic and fluorescent microscopy systems, and the discovery of new biochemical and microfluidic methods to image living biological cells. In the area of energy conversion and storage, we are using plasmonic and semiconductor materials to create new ultrathin light-sensitive and enhancement devices. Within the field of information processing, we are investigating novel optoelectronic devices by applying quantum optics techniques. With funding from the public and private sectors, we collaborate with industry partners and other research groups—including physicists, astronomers, medical scientists and various Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence.
Life at the microscale is animated and multifaceted. The impact of dynamic in-vivo microscopy in small animals have open up opportunities to peer into a multitude of biological processes at the cellular scale in its naïve microenvironment. Laser based microscopy coupled with specific fluorescent proteins have become an indispensable tool to enable dynamic imaging in-vivo at high temporal and spatial resolutions. Here, we sought to construct high performance laser imaging using the latest ins optical scanning technologies, adaptive optics device, beam shaping technologies, photon detectors, that can enables high speed imaging in deep tissue as well as volumetric. We also combined new tools in computational optics, digital image processing to tracking and quantification of heterogeneous population of cells in-vivo.