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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Rich Mildren

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Deputy Director, MQ Photonics Research Centre

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Rich Mildren (Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2010-2014) is Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research is in the development of novel and versatile photonic sources, instrumentation and applications. His PhD and early postdoctoral research was in the plasma kinetics of high power metal vapour lasers. He has studied ultrafast lasers at the National Research Council in Pisa, Italy. 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, is in the nonlinear optical properties of Group IV materials, particularly diamond (for more detail see his Diamond Laser Group webpage). He has 4 awarded patents and published 85 peer-reviewed journal articles. He was recipient of the Australian Museum Eureka Award for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia in 2017 and elected an OSA Fellow in 2018.

Research Areas

  • Crystalline and diamond Raman lasers
  • High power lasers and applications
  • Laser-induced phenomena on diamond surfaces

Journal Publications List (Post 2008)

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There are current 2019-20 PhD project offerings in diamond photonics and laser - diamond surface interactions. Please contact me if you are interested. See the Diamond Laser Group webpage for current scholarship due dates.

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