Presentation title: Single-frequency diamond lasers
Rich Mildren (Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2010-2014) is a Professor of Physics in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences(opens in new tab/window). His research is in the development of novel and versatile photonic sources, instrumentation and applications. His PhD (1997) and early postdoctoral research (1998-2004) was in the plasma kinetics of high-power gas lasers.
During this period, he was a visiting fellow at the National Research Council in Pisa, Italy, supported by a scholarship from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. For 3 years (2005-2008) he led R&D for a University spin-off company in wavelength-switchable medical lasers, during which time he brought several medical laser products through to the stage of medical device regulatory approval. His most recent focus, conducted in the MQ Photonics Research Centre(opens in new tab/window) at Macquarie University, is in advanced nonlinear optical materials such as diamond. He has 6 awarded patents and authored 100+ peer-reviewed journal articles. He was the recipient of the Australian Museum Eureka Award for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia in 2017 and elected an OSA Fellow in 2018.