Image: Professor Federico Capasso
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Over 180 people filled the Charles Perkins Auditorium at The University of Sydney on 17 March to hear Harvard Professor Federico Capasso’s only major public talk in Australia. Professor Capasso took the audience on a wide spanning journey from the application of his invention, the quantum cascade laser* in surveillance, healthcare and environmental monitoring to recent scientific advances in structured light that could revolutionise the Internet of Things and smart wearable optics such as Google glasses. The public talk was the School of Physics’ first International Year of Light 2015 event. Having such a high profile and renowned optics researcher speak was extremely beneficial for researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). "Professor Capasso is one of the pioneers of photonics research with transformative inventions spanning many areas and contributions to fundamental physics,” said CUDOS Director, Professor Benjamin Eggleton. “It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to host him at Sydney and CUDOS for a week. As well as presenting the Domachuk lecture, Capasso spoke to the graduate students about careers in science and technology.”

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Image courtesy CUDOS