China–Australia Symposium shines light on optics research and applications

September 26, 2018
The Australian delegation attended the symposium and saw examples of related manufacturing facilities.

A symposium in China has brought Chinese and Australian researchers together to focus on light, a major area of research that impacts all our lives.

The 14th China–Australia Symposium, Light changes our lives, was held at the Changchun Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Science, Changchun, in late August.

The symposium concentrated on space optics and applications, large-aperture optical fabrication and measurement, advanced laser science and applications, quantum optics and applications, and micro-nano optics and optical devices.

A delegation of 15 Australian researchers participated in this event, including five early and mid-career researchers. It was led by Professor Hugh Bardlow, President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and Professor Hans Bachor, Secretary Education and Public Awareness at the Australian Academy of Science.

Optics is one of the focus areas of research for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, ranging from fundamental research to the manufacture of optics and photonics components. While in Changchun, the delegation saw examples of manufacturing of large scale precision mirrors for the latest generation of telescopes for space and earth observation, and low noise photo detectors that play a major role in scientific and commercial instruments, including medical imaging. Potential collaborations between researchers at the institute and the Australian delegates are currently being discussed.

This symposium is an annual event organised since 2004 by the Australian Academy of Science, ATSE, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The symposia series is funded by the Australian Government through the Australia China Science and Research Fund and CAS. 

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