New funding for high-resolution beam development

25 February 2019
Photonics engineering project supported by ARC Linkage Project grant
Professor Xiaoke Yi and Professor Robert Minasian have received a $540,000 Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant to partner with Thales Australia and develop integrated optical phased arrays for light detection and ranging.
Green photonics laser being tested in laboratory

University of Sydney photonics engineers Professor Xiaoke Yi and Professor Robert Minasian will collaborate with Thales Australia on research proposing new techniques to achieve high-resolution beams using reduced hardware.

This technology could be applied to secure communications and autonomous vehicles, growing the automation and sensing systems market sector, as well as increasing Australian national security.

"The project is focused on exploiting integrated photonic advancements to develop innovative technologies to realise chip scale optical beamforming for light detection and ranging with low power consumption and high resolution,” said Professor Yi, from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

“Key outcomes of this research program will enable its use across a host of new commercial and personalised automation applications.”

This grant was one of 14, worth a total of $6 million, recently announced by Minister for Education Dan Tehan. The grants fund cutting-edge research to keep Australians safe and ensure a strong economy.

“The Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme brings together higher education and industry to conduct research into pressing issues that affect Australians,” said Minister Tehan.

“These collaborations will make a difference to the lives of everyday Australians.”